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April 3, 2019

I have encountered many paddlers, both in person and through pictures they share on social media, enjoying time on the water in a canoe or kayak with their four-legged, furry companion. And why not? Most dogs are well suited for paddling adventures and will relish the...

September 22, 2017

It's an early fall day; you set out in the morning; the water is calm and as smooth a sheet of glass; there's not a cloud in the sky; the sun has started to creep above the ridge behind you, bathing the water ahead of you in amber light. You think to yourself, "With wa...

August 22, 2016

Elizabeth Voyles' daughter with her grandpa and father on Lake Lytle in Rockaway Beach, Oregon.

Photo courtesy of the author

Canoeing was completely new to me when my husband suggested we try it a
few years ago. It wasn’t something I’d ever considered, despite enjoying
o...

November 14, 2015

The importance of wearing a properly fitting life jacket when in, on and around the water is paramount, especially when it comes to our most precious cargo –our children.  During this past summer, boating and life jacket experts from around the nation came together wit...

July 9, 2015

I read in the national news recently about three canoeing accidents that happened over the fourth of July weekend. Two of the incidents were fatal, the other wasn’t but easily could have been.

In the first news article I read, three teens were paddling a canoe on Basswo...

April 14, 2015

A tragic event occurred on April 12 in which two kayakers lost their lives and left another one fighting for his life after they got caught in a storm. A party of seven kayakers set out from Dungeness Spit Lighthouse to paddle the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Weather condit...

January 10, 2015

I fellow paddler recently posted a question on a local paddling board on where is the best place to attach her Aquatic Invasive Species Permit (AISP). She had purchased a Tyvek tag that allows paddlers to fasten the tag to their boats. Here was my suggestion to her.

Do...

October 21, 2014

I received information from the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) this morning summarizing the comments/inputs they have received from the meetings they have been holding around Oregon these past two month.

The one thing that really jumps out at me from the reports I hav...

August 15, 2014

A personal flotation device (PFD), or life jacket, is designed to keep you alive should your boat capsize. It won’t do you much good if you’re sitting on it or using it as a back rest instead of wearing it.

The best and only recommended type of PFD for paddlers is a Typ...

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