Apr 28

Merced River in Yosemite National Park now open to paddlers!

The Merced Wild and Scenic River Final Comprehensive Management Plan and Environmental Impact Statement was released in February 2014.  The plan covers the more than 80 miles of Merced River that is within the Yosemite National Park and El Portal Administrative Site and is to serve as the framework to protect and manage river usage over then next …

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May 02

Joe Pikul’s Cedar Strip Prospector

I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for wooden canoes and kayaks.  Especially those of the cedar strip variety.  It takes quite a bit of work, and some serious fabrication skills to get a boat to look just right. Katie McKy has posted over at Canoe & Kayak about a builder named Joe Pikul …

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Nov 30

Kayaking – Whales put on show off California coast

California sea kayakers are getting up-close and personal with humpback and grey whales, Tom Stienstra reports for SFGate: The kayakers floated on a calm sea, quiet and nearly motionless – and yet were edgy at what might happen next. In the next moment, a 40-foot humpback whale rose up through the surface alongside the paddlers, its …

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Jun 04

Want to learn to kayak in Ventura Harbor?

Friends of Channel Coast State Parks, a nonprofit organization serving the Channel Coast area of the California State Parks, is launching a new kayak education program on June 9th. Kayak lessons include all equipment, water safety lessons, and an educational tour of the harbor and run $40 (all fees associated with this program help to support …

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Jun 04

National Get Outdoors Day – June 8, 2013

In celebration of National Get Outdoors Day, the U.S. Forest Service is offering a fee-free day Saturday, June 8. Fee-free days are offered four times a year to encourage people to reconnect to the forest for some healthy, active outdoor fun. If you didn’t get out to the first free day this year (Martin Luther King Jr. …

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Apr 04

TROUTFEST 2013! Catch ’em, Clean ’em, Cook ’em and Eat ’em!

California Department of Fish and Wildlife in central California is gearing up for TroutFest 2013. TroutFest is an annual event that is offered free to introduce families to the sport of trout fishing. From the press release: “Beginner, novice and experienced anglers alike will find that this activity-filled day features something for everyone,” said CDFW …

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Feb 16

KayakFoundry Software by Ross Leidy

One of my passions is sea kayaking. One of my others is building kayaks. It’s great when you can combine your passions and truly enjoy life. I have built a few wooden kayaks, including some scratch-built ones, a Chesapeake 17, Shearwater 17 Hybrid and Wood Duck from Chesapeake Light Craft, an Arctic Tern 17 from …

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