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Paddling News, & Announcements
and the ramblings
of an old coot in a canoe.
Old Coot (Steve Johnson)
June 26, 2021|
Happy National Canoe Day to our friends to the North!
June 15, 2021|
Western PA Solo Canoe Rendezvous 2021 Pictures
May 31st, 2021|
Congratulations to Mark Fitzsimons, our top prize winner of a $150 Bending Branches Gift Certificate!
Additional prize winners Here.
May 29th, 2021|
It's almost here! - Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, JUNE 4/5/6, 2021
SOLO CANOE RENDEZVOUS
An informal gathering of solo paddlers, manufacturers, and vendors of solo canoes and paddling equipment at Cooper’s Lake Campground near Slippery Rock PA.
April 17th, 2021|
DEC Lowers Water Level at Lower Bog River Dam (Adirondacks)
The Bog River Flow is an extreamly popular flat water paddle in the Adirondacks.
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 6 today announced lower than usual water levels may be observed at the
lower Bog River (Lower Lows) dam on the downstream side of Hitchens Pond. DEC is lowering the water to assess a leak in the dam.
April 8th, 2021 Just announced|
Round the Mountain Canoe & Kayak Race will be held Saturday May 8th!
The ‘Round the Mountain Canoe & Kayak Race is an Adirondack favorite, taking place annually on the second Saturday of May — the unofficial kickoff event of the Adirondack paddling season.
Ampersand Bay, Lower Saranac Lake, New York
March 20th, 2021|
Newly Posted Canoe Catalogs
Three more vintage canoe catalogs have been posted this week for viewing.
Old Town, Grumman, and Indian Canoe.
View them here. Vintage Canoe Catalogs
March 12th, 2021|
New NorthStar Videos:
There are eight new NorthStar videos covering their Solos and Pack Boats, Tandems, Gunwales, etc. You can check them all out here: Eight new NorthStar videos
March 10th, 2021|
|Nothern Forest Canoe Trail Raffle!|
Win a Kokatat Legacy Dry Suit. Drawing date: May 24, 2021. Enter Here.
March 9th, 2021|
|Just added: Canoe Design - Paper by Rolf Kraike|
March 8th, 2021
Need a way to secure your paddle when portaging?
A cheap paddle holder is easy. Get a 35' roll of hook and loop from Harbor Freight. (around $7) Cut two pieces and make an X. Wrap one loop around a thwart keeping the other loop inside the first, and wrap the other loop around the paddle shaft.
If you're crafty you can even sew them together at the center and sew a cloth tab on the end of one to make it easier to pull it open.
March 5th, 2021|
The SoloCanoes.com Spring Sweepstakes is on!
The Sweepstakes is now underway and the new Solo Canoes web site is now live!
New Site! February 2021|
Welcome! You found it.
Even though not complete, work is progressing on this new solo canoe web site.
January was spent creating the page navigation, populating the main pages with links, and gathering additional information.
I'm still on target for a official Spring launch of the web site.
I love suggestions and feedback (good or bad) so if you have a suggestion or comments, send me an email and let me know - firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch here for further news and updates or check out the Facebook page: SoloCanoes.com's Facebook page
Canoecopia March 12-14
Canoecopia, one of the biggest paddlesports events of the year, is set to take place this year virtually March 12-14.
Get your tickets now.
2/21/2021 - Updated Canoe Paddle Sizing Guide
Bending Branches has updated their
Canoe Paddle Sizing Guide. It includes information on how to size your paddle, features to look for, and the difference in blade shape, grips and materials.
You can check out the new guide here.
2/20/2021 - New Canoe ID Stickers
New Canoe ID stickers are in.
It's important to have the owner's name along with contact phone numbers attached to your boat in case its ever found and you're not around.
Not only may it help you get rescued, but having the owners name and contact phone numbers available will also prevent rescuers from doing a needless search if they can get in contact you.
Watch here for instructions on how to get one for your canoe.
2/17/2021 - My plans for building sturdy Canoe Workstands|
After years of working on wobbly saw horses, last fall I finally built sturdy adjustable stands for working on my canoes.
A couple of people requested I post plans of the canoe work stands I built. Here's the plans.
2/8/2021 - Trip to Lake Placid and a New Boat!
My wife and I took the weekend and drove up to the Adirondacks for a stop at Placid Boatworks to see Maverick (and Joe) and pick up my new Rapidfire! Winter just got longer.
Looking forward to Spring and putting her in the water for the first time.
Had a great time. Also stopped by the Olympic Ski Jumps and had an excellent dinner before picking up the new Rapidfire the next morning.
Always nice to see the town.
I spent several months in Lake Placid putting in sound systems for the 1980 Olympics and got paid to be there as a service tech in case
anything went wrong (with a pass to go anywhere and get into everything). Didn't get called once. and yes, I got to watch the U.S. Hocky Team beat the Soviets from rink side!
USA, USA, USA!!!
1/28/2021 Paddling all the Finger Lakes
Since I'm located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State and I've paddled on most of the 11 lakes,
I'm looking into paddling all eleven lakes from end to end this summer.
It's about 166 miles of paddling as the crow flies but will total more since the access points on some arent on either end. I
will have to do some back tracking. I've got a little time to figure out each one and I'll post more details here as the time gets closer.
If your company or organization is involved in any aspect of canoeing and is not listed yet and would like to be added, contact me.
Note that this site is primarily for solo canoes. Web sites dealing strictly in kayaks will not be considered.