Canoes in the News
A selection of paddling-related news stories.
"New Mexico Sets Dangerous Precedent Denying Public’s Right to Float"
"In the closing days of 2017 the New Mexico Game and Fish Commission adopted a new rule allowing private landowners to undergo a process to certify streams running through their property as “non-navigable” and subject to a trespass statute outlined in the new rule. American Whitewater sees this as a serious threat to the public’s right to access and float rivers and creeks in New Mexico..."
"Why Canoeing Will Never Die"
"Kevin Callan argues that everything changes over time. I receive these doomsday decrees - they write to tell me kayaks and standup boards will rule the world. They say canoeists will just fade away., but there's no replacing the feeling of putting a paddle in the water..."
"How Two Canoeists Won $500,000 On Reality TV" (Canada)
"In the spring of 2017, Canadian brothers Jim and Ted Baird emerged from the wilds of Vancouver Island. For more than two months, they’d survived off the land, sustaining themselves on a wriggling supply of eels, limpets and slugs. As contestants on History’s reality TV show ALONE, the brothers were competing to out-survive six other teams. After 75 days alone in the wild, they won, walking out of the bush $500,000 richer..."
"Trinity River changed by Hurricane Harvey" (Texas)
"The now quiet, serene movement of the water down the Trinity River is deceptive. While its ebb and flow, and rising and falling levels usually go unnoticed, lurking in the waters and along its banks is possibly an unrecognizable danger brought on by the torrential rain from Hurricane Harvey, and there’s nothing that can be done about it..."
"State lawmakers oppose 'kayak tax'" (Michigan)
"Some state legislators are fighting a proposed "kayak tax," which would require all kayaks, canoes and paddle boards to be registered with the state in a proposed $10 per-vessel tax..."
"Missing boater on Lake Conroe recovered" (Houston)
"The Montgomery County Constable's Office recovered the body of missing kayaker on Lake Conroe around 1:45 Sunday after he was reported missing earlier that day. Paul Dean, 53 of Spring, was found near Scott Ridge on the north side of the lake and pronounced dead..."
"Wenonah Debuts Its Smallest Canoe" (Canada)
"Norm Sims and I wandered into the Wenonah Canoe exhibit at an outdoors show last winter and stopped suddenly at a triangle of three canoes set on their sterns, with bows pointed to the ceiling. It wasn’t their color or the trim that caught our attention. It was their length. Or, rather, a lack of length. “Ten feet?” I asked. We understood when we saw the name of the shortest canoe: the Wee Lassie..."
"Owner of kayak found adrift comes forward" (Rhode Island)
"A false alarm caused the United States Coast Guard to search Conimicut Point Beach in Warwick after they found an empty kayak floating in the water Tuesday.
The search for a potentially missing person continued for almost five hours with no luck, until the owner came forward to claim his kayak..."
"Coast Guard rescues man stranded after kayak took on water" (California)
"Coast Guard crews rescued a kayaker who was stranded during a fishing trip after his kayak began taking on water through a hole in the hull on the Albion River Sunday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard..."
"Couple sinks kayaks on maiden voyage, sues for $455,000"
"An Oregon couple who sank their brand-new kayaks on the North Santiam River two years ago are now seeking nearly half a million dollars in damages from Dick’s Sporting Goods, the retailer that sold them the boats..."
"In a Warming West, the Rio Grande Is Drying Up" (New Mexico)
"Even in a good year, much of the Rio Grande is diverted for irrigation. But it’s only May,and the river is already turning to sand..."