Canoes in the News
A selection of paddling-related news stories.
"Sugar Land forced to close canoe launch" (Sugar Land, Texas)
"In a post to Facebook, the city reports that due “to road damage related to recent high water levels, the southbound Brazos River turnaround and canoe launch under U.S. Highway 59 are closed until further notice..."
"Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge cancels 25th anniversary celebration amid government shutdown" (Houston, Texas)
"While legislators figure out a way to reopen the government and settle their dispute on building the border wall, the closure has affected offices in the area, most notably the Trinity River National Wildlife Refuge. The closure has forced Refuge officials to cancel their 25th anniversary celebration of the Refuge founding until further notice.."
"Brazos Bend State Park officials say Jan 11 reopening is "unlikely"" (Texas)
"After forcing campers out and closing the Brazos Bend State Park earlier this week, officials with Texas Parks and Wildlife said a Jan. 11 reopening is unlikely, according to a Facebook post from the park. The park was closed to visitors Jan. 6 after projected water levels on the Brazos River continued to rise past levels that allow access to camping sites..."
"Ed Gillet’s 63 Day Solo Odyssey" (Pacific)
"Gillet’s California-to-Hawaii journey was the first of the modern kayak megacrossings. It was a fundamentally different type of paddling than even the most rugged coastal expeditions or island circumnavigations. It was a journey far harder for most sea kayakers to understand..."
"Body confirmed to be missing kayaker" (Galveston, TX)
"The body recovered Friday afternoon near San Luis Pass was that of a kayaker who had been missing since Jan. 2, officials confirmed Saturday. Galveston Island Beach Patrol recovered the body of Charles Ferguson, 49, of Houston..."
"Diving team recovers body after canoe accident" (Belton, TX)
"The Morgan's Point Resort dive team recovered a body from 10 feet of water Tuesday, after a canoe accident Monday night. Fort Hood officials identified the as Sgt. Kelton Sphaler. Sphaler and Scott Weinhold, a Fort Hood veteran, were missing after their canoes overturned on Lake Belton Monday night..."
"Tennessee to regulate kayak, canoe rental industry"
"Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will require commercial operators that lease or rent non-motorized vessels to receive a free state-issued permit to continue operations. "We have no idea how many outfitters are in the state, and how much impact they're having," TWRA assistant director Chris Richardson said. "To set up minimum standards, we're now requiring a permit..."
"Oregon raft, kayak fees would increase to $17 per year under proposal"
"The Oregon Marine Board has proposed increasing fees on rafts, kayaks and other non-motorized boats in an effort to improve boat ramp facilities and access statewide. Currently, non-motorized boaters must purchase a $5 invasive species permit for crafts 10 feet and longer..."
"Kentucky canoe outfit borrows photo of Trudeau family to market business"
"You might think the last thing you'd stumble onto on a rural road in central Kentucky is Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But there at the edge of a national park, is a giant billboard advertising the Mammoth Cave Canoe and Kayak operation. And the photo on the billboard, of a smiling family of four in a canoe, clearly shows the Canadian prime minister..."
"Two Canadians portage canoes to Mount Everest Base Camp"
"Two Canadians have taken portaging to new heights after an arduous journey to Mount Everest Base Camp with canoes on their backs. Brothers Kyle Roberts and Tom Schellenberg arrived at the base camp earlier this week after an 18-day hike. They each carried a canoe on their backs, meant to represent the extra burden of people living with mental health issues..."