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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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Kayak, Canoe and SUP News from Around the Country

Detroit Youth Kayak Group launches with a Trip on the Detroit River

A group of youngsters participated in a short, 20 min canoe trip on the Detroit river in the culmination of a youth program that teaches kids water safety, as well as an appreciation for nature — and helped mark the launch of the Detroit Youth Kayak Group and the completion of the Detroit Heritage River Water Trail map update. Click here to read more!

Heroes On The Water Introduces Injured Veterans to the World of Kayak Fishing

This nonprofit group relies on volunteers as well as donations in its mission to help injured military personnel to relax, rehabilitate and reintegrate into society through kayak fishing and the outdoors. Click here to read more!

Grandmother Kayaks from Maine to Guatemala to Raise Money for Poverty

Deborah Walters, 63, embarked last month from Yarmouth, ME on a 2,500-mile voyage. Her goal is raise $150,000 to combat devastating poverty in the capital of Guatemala. She expects to arrive there next May. Click here to read more!

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