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  • Boardman River undammed
    When Traverse City Light and Power stopped producing hydroelectric power, a decision was made to remove the dams. When I heard the project was underway, I knew I had to paddle this “new” Boardman River.  
  • After 50 years of eating backcountry culinary concoctions, I've discovered some amazingly good meals can come out of a backpack.  
  • In the obscure sport of marathon canoe racing, the 120-mile AuSable Canoe Marathon has stood out since its start in 1947 as one of the most difficult and longest canoe races in North America. This ultraendurance race attracts paddlers from all over the U.S. and Canada and starts on the last Saturday in July in the rural northern Michigan town of Grayling.  
  • "River, I'd like to introduce you to my friend, Novice. Novice, this is my old friend, River. By the end of the day, you guys are going to be great friends."  
  • Why the solo canoe is my favorite
    We've got canoes and kayaks stored under the deck, sitting on a rack and hanging from the garage ceiling. Ten of them altogether. But if I could only keep one boat, it would be the first boat I bought back in 1983, my Sawyer DY Special solo canoe. 
  • We've got canoes and kayaks stored under the deck, sitting on a rack and hanging from the garage ceiling. Ten of them altogether. But if I could only keep one boat, it would be the first boat I bought back in 1983, my Sawyer DY Special solo canoe.  
  • The subtitle, "The rivers, the towns, the taverns," of Michigan paddler Doc Fletcher's latest book, Canoeing and Kayaking Wisconsin, tells most, but not all, of it. He came to Wisconsin to explore the dairy state's rivers with a group of paddling friends and put together a list of liveries, campgrounds and watering holes at the end of every trip. 
  • As an owner of seven canoes and three sea kayaks, when I get asked, "Which do you prefer? Kayaks or canoes?" I have some ready answers.  
THE ACTIVE PURSUIT
with Tom Held
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