Happy Canoe Year!

Arriving at the Pinnacle Mountain parking lot, we found ourselves in an anthill of activity as boats were toted down from the trucks and shuttles were being set at the takeout. It was the first day of 2014, and Arkansas Canoe Club boaters from all over Central Arkansas were excited to start the new year with a float on the Little Maumelle. Quite a collection of kayaks and canoes developed at the … [Read more...]

Wet, Wild and Wonderful

Spending time with people who are in to and excited by outdoor recreation is a pleasure. Rarely is there boring talk of what's on television or what someone said did on an awards show the other night. There is not even much talk of spectator sports. The conversations tend to be about experiences: their experiences, a friend's experiences and sharing your experiences. What could be better than … [Read more...]

Ice-Water School

We've been looking forward to Whitewater School since we started paddling with the Arkansas Canoe Club.  As the class got closer and closer, we got more and more excited.  Camping!  In May!  On the Mulberry River!  With friends!  It sounded like a great weekend. We like to paddle, and we like to learn stuff, and that was just going to make it better. But then it was the week before class, and … [Read more...]

Do You Rendezvous?

...well, you should. We don't have a lot of canoe and kayak events on the Arkansas Outside calendar for good reason. By default, denizens of the lakes and rivers of Arkansas are a spontaneous lot. Waiting for enough rain to turn a small creek into something that can be run by boat or a deluge that brings the Cossatot River to the perfect level for whitewater play. Sure you can always take a lake … [Read more...]

School of Recreational Paddling

(Get signed up for the 2015 River Paddling School) The Arkansas Canoe Club is about forty years old, and they've organized training weekends for thirty-seven of those years - Canoe School evolved into Whitewater School, and then about ten years ago they began offering a Recreational School as well.  That experience shows in the really good programs the club puts together.  Those good at … [Read more...]

Here Comes the Sun

The weather today in much of the Natural State is not sunny. In fact, most of us are seeing some kind of frozen or freezing precipitation. But within 4 days, the forecast has temperatures reaching the 60s once again. According to NOAA, Arkansas has enjoyed the 18th warmest January on record since 1895. This is probably great news for the LR Marathon Training Group. How tough is it to get out of a … [Read more...]