Canoeing and kayaking

- The advantages and disadvantages of kayak and canoes, Benefits, Main types & Categories, Rules

The main fundamental difference between kayaks and canoes :

the center of weight paddler. In a classic kayak (SIT-IN) You will sit just below the water level and your feet are straight ahead and center the weight is just ...

- Is Canoeing & kayaking dangerous? As with any kind of "extreme" outdoor-activities, kayaking is fraught with potential risk.

However, if certain security measures, most of which are obvious and common sense, chances to be in the hospital or the cemetery is min...

- Which Canoes and Kayaks to Choose How do you know which type is right for you? -It depends for what purpose and in what conditions you want to use the boat. In recent years, with the massive expansion of the entertainment sector of the store...

- Stability & speed stability: The important qualities of a canoe and kayak, stability and speed and stability rank at the top for the angler. The more stabile the kayak the slower paddles...

- Canoes or kayaks Safety and Instruction Tips For safe canoeing or kayaking, you must always: -primarily to show prudence, responsibility and common sense necessarily know how to swim.
-always wear a life vest, but nothing that know how to swim. If children are aboard, make sure that a kidís life vest is secured...

Canoe & Kayak storage options and systems. "how to" and "Do it yourself" videos Sailing Inflatable Kayak - Sevylor SVX500DS SVX200DS u230;

Ranger Inflatable Kayak / Canoe Sea Trial

- Canoe and Kayak Storage options storing the kayak or canoe in the garage, but the most simple, but effective and inexpensive solution "do it yourself", we show here. All you need are 2 belt at about 1.5 to up 2 meters...

- Kayak & fishing Forums Salt-water kayak fishing reports, Kayak fishing reports from lakes and rivers, Alaska Kayaking&Canoeing...

- Kayak and Canoe Anchors, Anchor Types Folding kayak anchor, ideal for kayak fishing is a durable, light weight anchor, thatcan fold this anchor and can carry easily wherever you go and offers enhanced stability.Foldup Grappling Anchor for canoe/kayak. holding power1,5lb...

- Touring kayak: techniques and Safety Gear At First, think of your kayak safety equipment and gear procedures in terms of to help yourself and then that fails to attract outside help...

- Types of kayaks choose the right type kayak for you needs, sport, fun, or "most pleasant time".

- Kayak fishing Kayaks designed for "fishing" have typically either bolted-on or molded-in rod holders because you need a secure place when paddling to keep your best rods. Perhaps the biggest problem is If your Kayak not equipped with rod ...

- Kayaks for Kids and beginners Great fun to be had kayaking lakes,calm rivers, and ocean waters with kids.
It's true that rapids put much of the "extreme" in backcountry trips involving water travel is not for kids and teens. Together with your kids ...

- Types of PFDs Life Jackets, Models and Manufacturers Types of PFDs Life Jackets ...Reducing Risk Few pieces of boating gear (Personal flotation devices) PFDs have progressed more in safety and safety than the some of models simple life jacket.

- Whitewater Kayaking The beauty of whitewater kayaking is found in the basics of paddling (movement & proper paddle position), and a proper execution and understanding of the basics and basic safety tips and rules- have more fun on your next kayak adventure.

- River Kayaks, still & whitewater kayaking The beauty of whitewater kayaking is found in the basics of paddling (movement & proper paddle position), and a proper execution and understanding of the basics and basic safety tips and rules.

- Sea & Ocean kayaks - Characteristics and Advantages, Selection, Equipment and Use Your seakayak is your life! - this is not a lie, for any paddler out in open waters - If you lose the kayak, you could lose your life. See important safety features of a sea "ocean" kayak below.

- whitewater River Classification US and Canada whitewater River Classification - Whitewater kayaking

- Inflatable Kayaks, Gear and Manufacturers The variety of different watercraft is almost end-less, as well. From the familiar rowboats to canoes and strong inflatable kayaks...

EU River Classification - Europe River Classification - Whitewater kayaking, TOP 10 Whitewater EU Rivers. Especially in the Alps region, Europe offers a large number of best and beautiful rafting rivers

Kayaking Books & Guides - Kayaking Guides, Paddling technique, Gear & Accessories

Kayak Adventure and Experience - A Story of Adventure and Experience on the Connecticut River

Australia's Fitzroy river - Riding rapids with crocs, article

Rafting on the New River, West Virginia "Rush of the rapids"

Colorado River - whitewater rivers in US - Colorado River, Videos and Publications

Canoeing and Kayaking - experiences in around the world

River Safety-Rules - Be prepared!

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DO NOT rely solely on the information to attempt a trip on any of these rivers! Consult with local authorities or the other sources we have suggested to ensure that the trip is possible. If you are unable to get authoritative current information from local authorities or outfitters, scout the trip yourself before starting out.

Safety Water sports are inherently risky activities.

If you get into a mishap while canoeing on a river, you can die by drowning or hypothermia. There are other risks associated with wilderness camping including snake bite, heat illnesses, hunting accidents, falls, and other injuries.

Understand these risks before you venture out.

Private Property

Most of the property along the river is in private ownership, sometimes right down to the water's edge. We do not condone, encourage, or advise you to trespass. You need to understand the rules involving trespassing on private land and obey the law in all cases.

Experience Level

Virtually all the rivers can be canoed by someone with intermediate level experience. Where we think there might be an exception, it is mentioned. Intermediate level of experience means that you can handle a canoe in fast moving water, including ferrying and back paddling to avoid obstacles.

You can land a canoe in swift current, and you know how to read and negotiate class II rapids. You know how to deal with strong winds on open water. You know the techniques for recovering a swamped canoe. If you don't have this level of experience, don't go on a week long float trip without someone who does.

canoeing & camping rivers

The US states are comprised of many different land forms, and provide a realy wonderful variety of opportunities for canoeists(kayaks) and river recreation. Only the higher plains of west Texas and Oklahoma lack good floatable rivers. Below are some of the best canoeing & camping rivers in U.S.

South Central U.S.

Willamette River Characteristics, Location & Canoeable(kayak) Mileage, River Recreation Guide and resources

John Day River Characteristics, Features,Facts and resources

Missouri River (Montana)

Northeast U.S.

Allegheny River - River Features, Location & Canoeable

Delaware in the Northeast United States, Facts & resources & Events

Southeast U.S.

CapeFear River, River Features Events etc.

Choctawhatchee River - Features Events and resources

Edisto Camp Possibilities, River Characteristics, Features and resources

Lumber Camp Possibilities, River Features and resources

Altamaha River

Pee Dee River

North Central U.S

The Cheyenne & Belle Fourche Rivers

Wisconsin River

Southeast U.S

Duck River (Tennessee)

Whitewater kayaking - US and Canada whitewater River Classification

Whitewater Rivers

Us and Canada whitewater Classification | Europe




(whitewater Classification) Rivers

  • Bow/Horseshoe Canyon, ww class II to III
  • Carbondale Creek - not specified
  • Highwood River/and tributaries - Southern Alberta
  • Upper Bow/Western Rockies - ww class III to IV
  • Cascade Creek/ Western Rockies - ww class III to IV
  • Castle River/ Southern Alberta - not specified
  • Elbow River /Western Rockies - ww class III+ to IV
  • Upper Red Deer River/Alberta foothills - ww class II to III
  • Waterton River /Southern Alberta - not specified
  • Mosquito Creek/Western Rockies - ww class II to III
  • Mystia River /Western Rockies - ww class II to III to III+
  • North Saskatchewan River/Rockies to Plains, II to III
  • Pipestone River /Western Rockies - ww class III to IV
  • Kakwa River /Northern-Alberta
  • Kananaskis River /Foothills, ww class II - III
  • Red Earth Creek/ WR - ww class IV to V
  • St. Mary River /Montana-Alberta - ww class II to III
  • Sheep River, Western Rockies - ww class III to V
  • Oldman River - not specified
  • Slave River/NWTBorder - ww class I to VI
  • Smoky

    Smoky river, info, tours, videos

    /Northern Alberta - not specified

British Columbia

(whitewater Classification) Rivers

  • Fraser River, BC -ww class II to III
  • Alsek , BC - Alaska - not specified
  • Capilano - not specified
  • Chehalis - not specified
  • Chilliwack - not specified
  • Coquitlam - not specified
  • Mamquam - not specified
  • Cheakamus - not specified
  • Skookumchuck Creek /Columbia Valley,ww class IV
  • Upper Fraiser /Columbia Valley - ww class III to IV
  • Palliser River /Kootney Valley - ww class III
  • Kicking Horse River - ww class III to IV
  • Yoho River /Columbia Valley - ww class IV to V
  • Skookumchuck Creek/Columbia Valley,ww class IV
  • Upper Fraiser/Columbia Valley - ww class III to IV
  • Toby Creek/Columbia Valley - ww class IV to VI
  • Palliser River Tirol river, info, tours, videos

/Kootney Valley - ww class III

  • Albertson River /Kootney Valley - ww class III to V
  • Stien River /Central, ww class IV to V
  • Kootney River /Kootney Valley - not specified
  • Thompson River /Central - ww class III to IV
  • Callahan Creek/Coastal - ww class V
  • Nahatlatch River /Central - ww class III to V
  • Kanu River /Coastal - not specified
  • Homathko River/Coastal - not specified
  • Dean River/Coastal - not specified
  • Stickeen /Coastal river - ww class V to VI
  • Englishman River /Island - ww class III to IV
  • Clear Water River/Central - ww class III to IV
  • Tatlow Creek/Coastal - not specified
  • Ryan Creek /Coastal - not specified
  • Soo River/Coastal - ww class IV to V
  • Cariboo River(known as the Swamp River)/Coastal - ww class I to II
  • Quebec

    (whitewater Classification) Rivers

    • Coulonge River - not specified
    • Gens de Terre River - not specified
    • Kipawa - not specified
    • Lachine Rapids - Montreal - not specified
    • Dumoine - not specified
    • Moisie - not specified
    • Noire River - not specified
    • Rouge River - not specified
    • Taureau - ww class IV to V
    • Broadback - ww class I to VI
    • Gatineau - ww class III to IV
    • Rupert - not specified
    • Neilson - ww class IV to V
    • Du Nord - ww class III to VI
    • Doncaster River - ww class III to IV


    (whitewater Classification) Rivers

    • AlbanyRiver - not specified
    • Gull ww class III
    • Ottawa - ww class III to IV
    • Magnetawan - not specified
    • Kesagami - not specified
    • Madawaska ww class III
    • Magpie River - not specified
    • Opeongo - not specified
    • Petawawa River ww class III to IV
    • Spanish River - not specified
    • Missinaibi River - not specified
    • Wellandvale/Twelve Mile Creek - not specified
    • Moose River - not specified
    • Bloodvein/Manitoba - not specified
    • Seal River /Manitoba - not specified
    • Whitemouth /Manitoba - not specified
    • Manigotagan /Manitoba - not specified
    • Roseau River /Manitoba - not specified


    (whitewater Classification) Rivers


    (whitewater Classification) Rivers

    • Ashuelot/NH - ww class III to IV
    • Deerfield / Massachusetts & Vermont- ww Class II to V
    • Farmington/CT and Massachusetts - ww Class III
    • Contoocook River /NH - ww class III - IV
    • Dead River,(ME) - ww Class III-V
    • Housatonic/(CT) - ww Class I to V
    • Kennebec, (ME) - ww Class II to V
    • Bearcamp River /NH - ww class II - IV
    • Gale River/NH, - ww Class I to IV
    • Gauley River /West Virginia, Class IV to V+, N 1(Top 10 whitewater kayaking) Gauley trips >>
    • Lehigh River - www Class III
    • Millers River /Massachusetts - ww Class III
    • Nescopeck Creek/Pennsylvania - ww Class II-III
    • Rapid River, (ME) - ww Class IV
    • Penobscot River, (ME) - ww Class III to V
    • Rockaway /New Jersey, 1.6 km - ww Class IV
    • Swift River/NH, ww Class II to IV,III to IV in 3 river sections
    • West River / Vermont - ww class II to III
    • Winhall River/Vermont - ww Class III
    • Potomac /Maryland/Virginia - not specified
    • Quaboag River, Massachusetts - ww Class III
    • Youghiogheny/MD - ww Class III to IV - Upper(located in Garrett County, Maryland) Yough Donations IV to V, N 2(Top 10 whitewater kayaking) Youghiogheny trips >>
    • Other related or nearby streams: Lower Yough (Class III)
      - Bear Creek ww Class IV
      - Top Yough ww Class IV-V
      - Little Sandy ww Class III-IV
      - Upper Big Sandy ww Class III-IV
      - Lower Big Sandy ww Class IV-V
      - Middle Yough ww Class II
    • Saco River /NH, ww Class III to IV
    • Westfield River/Massachusetts - 64 km ww Class I to IV
    • Black River /Watertown river - ww Class III to V
    • Delaware River - ww Class I to II
    • Esopus Creek - ww Class II to IV
    • Grasse River

      Grasse river, info, tours, videos

      /Upper river section -ww Class IV to V

    • Hudson River /North Creek - Class I to IV
    • Middle Branch/Oswegatchie - ww Class IV to V
    • Mongaup River - ww Class II to III
    • Moose River/Old Forge - Class IV-V+
    • Sacandaga River /Lake Luzerne - ww Class II to III
    • Salmon River - ww Class I to III
    • Sugar River - ww Class I
    • Ten Mile Creek - ww Class I to III
    • Niagara River/(Whirlpool Rapids) - Class VI
    • Raquette - ww Class III - IV+


    (whitewater Classification) Rivers

    - not specified


    (whitewater Classification) Rivers

    • French Broad/Asheville/North Carolina - not specified
    • New River/West Virginia - not specified
    • Nolichucky/Erwin/Tennessee - ww Class class II to III , N9(Top 10 whitewater kayaking), beautiful, great kayak play, Nolichucky, whitewater rafting trips >>
    • Gauley River/West Virginia - world-class ride many listed as ww Class IV to V
    • Green River Green river, info, tours, videos

    /Asheville/North Carolina - - not specified

  • Russell Fork /Kentucky and Virginia - ww Class III to IV/downstream rapids include steep drops, pushy water and narrow passages, N7(Top 10 whitewater kayaking),Russell Fork kayak trips >>
  • Ocoee River /Tennessee - ww Class III to IV, N10(Top 10 whitewater kayaking), world-class river - 1996 Olympic Canoe/Kayak Whitewater, spectacular mountain scenery with Water rapids, Ocoee-River trips >>
  • Watauga- clear and cold water ww Class I to II
  • Watauga Lake - ww Class IV to V
  • Nantahala River /North Carolina - not specified
  • James River/Richmond/Virginia - Urban whitewater - ww Class IV
  • Chattooga River /Georgia/South Carolina - most beautiful, Wild and Scenic whitewater kayak/rafting river in the America - ww Class III to IV, N5(Top 10 whitewater kayaking), Chattooga trips, book it >>
  • Cheat River/West Virginia - ww Class IV
  • West-Coast

    (whitewater Classification) Rivers

    • American River(California) - The South Fork of the American River - ww Class II to III("Chili Bar" & "Gorge" river runs) N4(Top 10 whitewater kayaking), the American river trips >>
    • Kings River - not specified
    • Cherry Creek - not specified
    • Klamath - not specified
    • Mokelumne River - not specified
    • Napa River - not specified
    • Kern River - not specified
    • Kaweah - (include commercial use) ww Class IV
    • Tuolumne River - not specified
    • Animas - not specified
    • Trinity - not specified
    • Truckee River - not specified
    • Arkansas - a big river, popular with kayakers with many sections ranging from ww Class I to V
    • Boulder Creek - not specified
    • Cache La Poudre(Colorado) - every level of expertise including an easy II to dangerous VI section, also ww class II to VI
    • Clear Creek (Colorado) - not specified
    • Colorado River/run Westwater Canyon - ww Class III to IV, N8(Top 10 whitewater kayaking) wild with the calm water sections, Colorado/Gore-Little-Glenwood Canyon trips >>
    • Gore Canyon - 15km ww Class IV
    • Gore Rapid - large section ww Class V
    • Pumphouse - ww Class III
    • Barrel Springs - ww Class IV+
    • Shoshone - popular for kayakers and commercial use
    • Cataract Canyon Varies in ww classes from III to V
    • Dolores - not specified
    • Green - not specified
    • Los Pinos - not specified
    • North Platte - not specified
    • Gunnison - not specified
    • Yampa - not specified
    • Roaring Fork - not specified
    • South Platte - not specified
    • Lochsa/ID - not specified
    • Middle Fork Salmon/ID - ww Class III to V, N3(Top 10 whitewater kayaking) merging of Bear Valley and Marsh Creeks, 100 mile stretch of scenic beauty for an unforgetable whitewater kayak expericence, last 20 miles, the river tumbles through the famed Impassable Canyon, Salmon & kayak trips >>
    • North Fork Payette /ID - not specified
    • Snake/ID - not specified
    • Payette River /ID main stem - not specified
    • Salmon River main stem - ww Class III to IV
    • Clarks Fork Yellowstone(MT) - not specified
    • Gallatin River (MT) - not specified
    • Bull Run(OR) River - slalom
    • Clackamas( OR) - not specified
    • River Wilson(OR) - not specified
    • Nehalem(OR) - not specified
    • Barton to Carver (OR) - ww Class II
    • Carver to Clackamette(OR) - ww Class II
    • Bob's to Memaloose (OR)- ww Class II
    • Fish Creek to Bob's(OR) - ww Class III to IV
    • Three Lynx to Fish Creek(OR) - ww Class III to IV
    • Killer Fang(OR) - www Class IV
    • June Creek (OR) - ww Class IV
    • Deschutes (OR) - not specified
    • Oxbow(OR) - ww Class II
    • main Sandy(OR) - not specified
    • Molalla(OR) - not specified
    • Table Rock Fork - not specified
    • Rogue(OR) - ww Class II to IV N6(Top 10 whitewater kayaking) - "Wild Rogue" Wilderness Area -35 miles of whitewater racing, Rogue trips >>
    • Salmonberry-Rive(OR) - not specified
    • Three Bear's(OR) - not specified
    • Sandy Gorge(OR) - ww Class IV
    • Revenue Bridge(OR) - ww Class II
    • Green (Washington River) - not specified
    • Icicle Creek - not specified
    • Skookumchuck Narrows - not specified
    • Snoqualmie - not specified
    • River Skykomish - not specified
    • Snoqualmie - not specified
    • Wenatchee River - Tumwater Canyon
    • Clarks Fork Yellowstone(Wyoming) - not specified
    • River Snake - not specified


    (whitewater Classification) Rivers

  • Jacks Fork River - ww Class I & II
  • Upper Current River - ww Class I & II
  • Eleven Point - ww Class III
  • North Fork River - ww Class I to III
  • Niangua River - ww Class I & II
  • Big-Piney River - ww Class I & II
  • Gasconade - ww Class I and often II
  • Meramec River - ww Class I to II
  • Huzzah and Courtois Rivers - ww Class I to II
  • [ww class] - Whitewater River Classification;

    [not specified] - not hard specified or River, with many sections(short, long or greater length) may be ranging from Whitewater Class I to VI (dependent upon season or rain fall) featuring of varying Difficulty trips with difficulty levels;

    EU River Classification - Europe River Classification - Whitewater kayaking, TOP 10 Whitewater EU Rivers

    International Scale of River Difficulty

    AW organization

    American Whitewater has been the voice for whitewater paddlers for 60 years. Whether a river is being threatened with development, or having its access restricted, AW is the one organization that will stand and fight for whitewater paddlers and the rivers we love.

    AW's vision is: "founded on the need to protect whitewater rivers from destruction or degradation, and to build a constituency that cares about these issues."

    If you are reading this, you are part of this constituency, and you should be a member of American Whitewater.

    AW works hard for whitewater paddlers, and they need and deserve our help. There is a membership form: Please use it. Besides supporting the good fight at AW, membership gets you a subscription to the AW Journal - a very cool bimonthly publication that is worth the price of membership on its own accord.

    If you are already a member of American Whitewater, good for you. You are doing your part, and the US river.