March 27, 2019

When the sun comes out and temperatures start rising, there’s no better way to appreciate western Oregon’s beauty than to take out the kayak or canoe on the water! We’ve done the “hard work” for you, and are happy to present you with the top five kayaking spots I’ve fo...

November 14, 2015

Paddlers I come in contact with often ask me, “What is my favorite place to paddle?” That’s really a loaded question and one that is difficult for me to answer. I actually have three favorite locations I love to paddle for various reasons. Distance plays a factor in th...

October 30, 2015

I have traveled around the state collecting information and photographing ideal paddling locations, all on my own dime. I do it because this website has been my labor of love, and I want to give back to the paddling community by sharing my knowledge of paddling in Oreg...

June 21, 2015

Not having any luck yesterday fishing on Crane Prairie Reservoir, I decide to forego riding my mountain bike along the Deschutes River in downtown Bend this morning in favor of dropping a fishing line in one of my favorite fishing lakes—Clear Lake in the central Oregon...

June 20, 2015

I am into the third day of my four-day paddle trip to central Oregon, and this morning I arrive at Sparks Lake. Getting to the lake required driving a mile over an awful dirt road with terrible ruts. It’s a good thing I have a SUV. I’d hate to drive this road in a car....

June 19, 2015

Today is the day I have been looking forward to the past two weeks. Of all the lakes and rivers I’ll paddle this weekend, Hosmer Lake is the most spectacular from a paddling standpoint. In some ways paddling Hosmer is like paddling the Upper Klamath Canoe Trail. There...

June 18, 2015

I meet up with some paddling friends on June 18, 2015, for three days of paddling in central Oregon, specifically Bend and the surrounding area. I can’t go to Bend without first stopping at Tumalo Creek Kayak & Canoe situated on the banks of the Deschutes River. I want...

June 7, 2015

It’s day three of our paddle trip and time to break camp and load our camping gear into our vehicles before making our last paddle of the trip.

Today’s trip is a short three-mile round trip on Spring Creek, so named because it is fed from underground springs. We drive u...

June 6, 2015

It is quite a sight to see a caravan of 19 vehicles lined up in the campground, each with at least one boat on the roof, waiting to head out like some wagon train from bygone years.

The drive to Rocky Point takes us past fields of grazing cattle. To the north I can see...

June 5, 2015

Twenty-eight paddlers join me on June 5, 2015, for three days of paddling in south-central Oregon. Non of those accompanying me on the trip have ever paddled the area surrounding Chiloquin, Oregon,  so it is a new experience for them. For me, however, it is my third ti...

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