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In the News

A selection of paddling-related news stories.


"Armored catfish are decimating Texas waterways" (Houston, TX)
"Armored catfish look like the aliens they are. Native to South America, they look more like natives of another planet.  These are the same fish, in juvenile stage, folks buy from pet stores and live-fish dealers, then plop into their freshwater aquariums. Over the past few decades, irresponsible aquarium owners illegally released plecos into Texas waterways. 'These fish are the most destructive exotic fish in Texas,' says Gary Garrett, veteran TPWD fisheries scientist..."
Complete story: Houston Chronicle
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Clark's descendants replace stolen tribal canoe" (Long Beach, WA)
"It was a long time coming, but the descendants of explorer William Clark (of the Lewis and Clark expedition) have tried to make amends for a 205-year-old theft.  A descendant of the explorer in the Corps of Discovery expedition that opened a land route to the West presented the Chinook Indian Nation with a replica of a canoe that the corps stole in 1806..."
Complete story: Houston Chronicle
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Texas City drowning" (Texas City, TX)
"A Houston man who drowned while wade-fishing off Texas City's Mosquito Island was identified today as Michael Russell, 45.  Russell and a companion were picked up by two kayakers Saturday after strong tidal currents swept them into Galveston Bay.  The kayakers grabbed the two fishermen and held them until Fire Department medical personnel arrived.  The other fisherman survived..."
Complete story: Houston Chronicle
Entry contributed by John Rich.

"Speedboat driver in fatal collision heads to trial" (Huntington, MA)
"Morse is charged with drinking beer and smoking marijuana shortly before taking his speedboat on Norwich Lake in Huntington in August 2010. The boat struck a kayak carrying James Adamopoulos and his 10-year-old son, Gus..."
Complete story: Boston Herald
Entry contributed by Paddling.net.

"Paddlers set cross-Canada record" (Canada)
"Saskatoon canoeist Ross Philips says the hardest part of his recent record-breaking, cross-Canada paddle weren’t the all-night portages through the Rockies in snowshoes, getting blasted by nearly four-metre waves on Lakes Winnipeg and Lake Huron or even spending 172 days with the same five friends.  No, the hardest part of the 7,500-kilometre journey was a severe poison ivy infection Philips contracted somewhere near the Quebec-New Brunswick border.


"Beginning in Vancouver, they paddled across Canada in 172 days, beating the previous record of 183. The trek required countless portages, all accomplished without motorized vehicles..."
Complete story: Star Phoenix
Entry contributed by Paddling.net.

"Paddling to Freedom" (East Germany)
"The following story is based upon a conversation with a wilderness lodge owner in Kodiak, Alaska. Dieter escaped from East Germany with a friend in a double Klepper folding kayak out across a section of the Baltic Sea. This is his story of paddling to freedom…"
Complete story: Paddling.net
Entry contributed by Paddling.net.

"Woman drowns in kayaking accident" (Kalispell, MT)
"Authorities say a 51-year-old Idaho woman drowned in the North Fork Flathead River in Montana after her inflatable kayak became tangled in tree roots.  County Sheriff Chuck Curry says the kayak became entangled in a root ball before it folded, inverted and rolled over..."
Complete story: Houston Chronicle
Entry contributed by John Rich

"Men nearly caught in Boundary Waters forest fire" (MN)
"The six-week old forest fire in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area has received international attention. What might be considered the largest fire in Minnesota in nearly a century consumed nearly 100,000 acres. Rev. Steven Meyer and Jon Hagerott were present to experience the fire first hand, as part of a small group on expedition to the scenic area..."
Complete story: Caledonia Argus
Entry contributed by Paddling.net