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  • Wausau Whitewater hosts Midwest Freestyle Championships this weekend
    Paddlers throughout the Midwest will perform their freestyle moves this Saturday, August 16, and Sunday, August 17, during the Midwest Freestyle Championships. 
  • Wausau Whitewater to celebrate ‘40 Years of Water’ on Sept. 6
    Wausau Whitewater will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its downtown course with a “40 Years of Water” event on Saturday, September 6. 
  • Spa treatment for paddlers
    This year my birthday gift from my wife gave was a kayak trip: a tandem rental at the new and recently opened WMS Boathouse at Clark Park on the Chicago River. 
  • An icon returns
    “When they mothballed the (Bell Canoe Works) molds, people all across the country would search me out and asked if I was going to build canoes again,” Ted Bell said. “Once my noncompete expired, I decided it was time to get back into the industry.” 
  • A Root River paddle-pedal
    Would you do more paddling if you needed to do less shuttling? Is biking another of your chosen silent sports? If so, you can combine your love for paddling and biking on the same excursion by biking back to the put-in on a state trail. 
  • Paddling northeast Iowa
    The Driftless Area untouched by glaciers extends across the Mississippi to northeastern Iowa. Where there are ridges, there are valleys. And where there are valleys, there are rivers. 
  • Great River Rumble
    The 2014 Great River Rumble will cover 105 river miles from Prairie du Sac on the Wisconsin River to Guttenberg, Iowa, on the Mississippi, July 26 to August 2. 
  • A royal experience on Isle Royale
    Isle Royale National Park is primarily a hiking and backpacking destination, but kayakers and canoeists also enjoy the challenges of paddling in and around the park. 
  • Over 40 and want to learn how to row? Apply for Mendota Rowing Club scholarship
    To honor the late Mendota Rowing Club member Bob Storck, an anonymous donor is funding a scholarship for any adult age 40 or older that wants to learn to row in Madison, Wisconsin.  
  • The 3 (well, 4) legs to solo paddling success
    In my experience, a lot of people talk about solo tripping; few actually do it. That may be a blessing in disguise. Nothing is more miserable than a poorly prepared adventurer with the wrong gear in the wrong place with the wrong skills.  
  • The Des Plaines River Canoe & Kayak Marathon
    For 56 years now, the Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon in Illinois has attracted hundreds of canoe and kayak racers. The race course is the 18.5-mile stretch of the Des Plaines River from Oak Springs Road in Libertyville to Dam No. 2 in Prospect Heights and will take place again on May 17.  
  • In sync or in the drink
    Dragon boating, despite needing a team of 20 to move a single vessel, is accessible to anyone with an interest. Paddling skills are not a prerequisite. 
  • Base camp
    Last year, I led a six-person paddle trip into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northeastern Minnesota. I worked with Voyageur North Outfitters in Ely to come up with a route with fairly easy portages but access to beautiful scenery and wildlife.   
  • Paddlers unite
    The West Michigan Coastal Kayakers Association’s 125 members, which include 43 family memberships, run the gamut from the hardcore surf riders of the Great Lakes and folks that do Eskimo rolls as easily as you snap your fingers, to neophytes who are just learning to kayak.  
  • Surf SUP!
    I received an enticing email; an invite to an impromptu SUP surfing clinic was coming together on the shores of Lake Michigan. Could I be at the beach a little north of Racine by 5 p.m.? Hot day, cool lake, free lesson. Why not?  
THE ACTIVE PURSUIT
with Tom Held
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