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Heroes On The Water – Helping Veterans

I may be a little late to the game, but I’ve recently become aware of an organization called “Heroes On The Water“. This group gives our wounded warriors and returning veterans the opportunity to do something many of us sometime take for granted – get out on the water in a kayak or canoe and float and/or fish.

Why do we paddle out? Because its awesome, it lets us unwind, get away from “it all”, etc. Kayaking, canoeing, SUPing… it is water therapy no doubt. How fantastic for HOW to bring the joy of paddling to these men and women who’ve given us all so much.

Here’s some info about Heroes on the Water, direct from their website:

Founded in 2007, our unique kayak fishing program allows the participants a chance to decompress from the stresses associated with combat and the physical rigors of rehabilitation. Warriors enjoy these benefits while on guided fishing trips held in local communities around the country.

Participants receive basic kayak fishing and paddling instruction, angling clinics and paddling classes for participants with skill sets ranging from beginners to the most experienced paddlers.

The program also assists these personnel in adapting these newly developed skills to their new abilities. Adaptive kayaks, kayaking accessories and angling equipment is offered on an as needed basis to accommodate a soldier’s particular needs.

Our program is unique in that it is a long-term activity, not a one-time event. We believe that the effectiveness of the program is a direct result of engaging the wounded military personnel for the long-term.

If you’re interested in getting involved their are volunteer opportunities as well as gifting opportunities. Find out more by going to the HOW website: HerosOnTheWater.org

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Port Huron, MI – New Downtown Kayak, Canoe Launch Opens

Recently published in The Times Herald online:

Downtown Port Huron has many amenities. Now it has a place for you to launch your kayak and canoe.

It speaks to a new way to expand Port Huron’s commitment to recreation, one that takes advantage of the city’s enviable location with access to the Black and St. Clair rivers as well as Lake Huron.

The popularity of kayaks and canoes is growing in the Blue Water Area. They offer a unique view of our community.

Navigating the Black River could begin with the views of downtown Port Huron and eventually lead you to the sights of St. Clair County’s countryside. Besides, paddling is good exercise.

The launch is on the parking lot at Quay Street near the Zebra Lounge. There among the slips provided for boats of all types and sizes, the launch will serve a specific clientele, people with small watercraft who want to make the most of Port Huron’s natural water sources.

More important, the new facility also ensures mariners with physical and mental challenges can put it to good use. An access ramp meets the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Information courtesy of The Times Herald: http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20140819/OPINION/308190015/New-kayak-launch-aids-downtown

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New Public Canoe Launch in Sugarland, TX – US 59 & Brazos River

Courtesy, Houston Chronicle:

Sugar Land opened its first public canoe launch at U.S. 59 and the Brazos River turnaround.

The canoe launch is part of a larger initiative led by Fort Bend Green to designate the Brazos River within Fort Bend County as a Texas Parks and Wildlife official paddling trail. Several launches are already in place along the river, both upstream and downstream of the new launch, in Simonton, Sienna Plantation and Brazos Bend State Park.

Sugar Land’s canoe launch offers parking for both vehicles and trailers with a short walk down to the Brazos River. A kiosk featuring a map of available launch sites, safety information, paddling etiquette and laws is posted onsite.

The Brazos River Paddling Trail is intended for more experienced paddlers, as launch sites are located as far as 20 miles apart; however, less challenging waterways in Sugar Land are available for paddling, such as the 25-acre lake at Sugar Land Memorial Park.

A boat race between Stephen F. Austin State Park and Brazos Bend State Park is in the planning stages for spring 2015. This race will be more than 100 miles and will take advantage of the launch sites along the Brazos River.

For more information on the new launch, sugarlandtx.gov/parks or call 281-275-2885.

Information courtesy of the Houston Chronicle: http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/fortbend/news/article/Brazos-River-canoe-launch-opens-in-Sugar-Land-5703759.php

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Wye Island Regatta added to our Paddle Race Calendar

22nd Annual Wye Island Regatta, Wye Island, MD takes place on September 13. This Annual race put on by the Annapolis Rowing Club is open to any and all man-powered vessels – kayaks, canoes, skiffs, SUPs, dragon boats – if you can paddle it, you can enter it.

Click here to check out the venue and registration for the Wye Island Regatta!

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Stand Up Paddleboard Races added for Melbourne, FL

Check out our Races & Events page for more information on new SUP races added. Some fun and challenging events coming up in September and throughout the fall. Click here to go to our Paddle Races & Events page. Use the search tool to find events in your area or anywhere around the country!

Here are two of the latest additions:

SUP N GO

SUP N RUN

Both are happening in Melbourne, FL this fall!

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