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TAKEOUT ~ August 2016 Photos from around the World by DBP Admins, witha few thoughts from The Editor’s Desk on Year 3. by Mike Toughill

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: We are always growing and expanding at Dirt Bag Paddlers. August marks our 3rd year of progression, and we have some new things to announce! First off, we’ve got a new name for the old photo spread we’ve been running on the last day of every month. What was once “LAST […]

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GRAND DIRTBAGGIN’ ON THE COLORADO RIVER ~ A Compilation of Notes onLifein The Canyon. by Taz Riggs and Ewok Carswell, photos by RyanWaterhouse

FROM THE EDITOR’S DESK: No compilation of best rivers in the world, which is what we have humbly attempted in this “Our Rivers, Our World” issue of DBP MAGAZINE ONLINE, would be complete without including the Grand Canyon of the Colorado River. Since starting this publication in November 2014, no single whitewater stretch has been […]

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A GEM CALLED OPAL CREEK ~ It might be the best PNW classic you’ve neverheard of. by Clinton Begley

With its headwaters deep in the Opal Creek Wilderness, the Little North Santiam River is better known by almost everyone simply as “Opal Creek.” Its eponymous headwaters tributary joins Battleaxe Creek to form this pristine Oregon classic.  The water here is typically referred to as “gin-clear,” a description that captures both the water’s high quality, […]

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SECTIONS 3, 4, & 5 OF THE WOLF RIVER IN WISCONSIN ~ Crown Jewel ofNorthwoods Whitewater. by Mike Toughill

Oh, the Wolf River! Flowing 225 miles from deep in the heart of Wisconsin’s Northwoods, draining untouched National Forest and tribal reservation lands most of her length, it joins with the Fox River where together they empty into Green Bay of Lake Michigan. The Wolf is the best known of the whitewater stretches of the […]

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THE PIGEON RIVER ~ A little story about a little bird that ain’t so dirty anymore.

The Pigeon River gets its name from the now extinct passenger pigeon that once used this river valley as part of its annual migration path. But unlike the bird, the river has been given a second chance. It is by no means a big river. At 70 miles long and a drainage basin of only […]

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THE MIGHTY OTTAWA ~ A Worldwide Dirtbag’s Love Affair with Canada’sGem. by Ian Bailey

“Write a piece on your favourite river.” It should be such an easy brief, to write about a place that you love. But where? Some rivers have been my workplace, others my playground. I’ve paddled rivers that I’ve been happy to survive and those that I could run endless laps on, day after day. Out […]

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HOME AWAY FROM HOME ~ Lower Yough Love. by Jay Carpenter

Every paddler has that go to river they run every chance they can. Like most paddlers my go to river is my home run, Cattaraugus Creek. However, being in the midst of a severe drought I have been forced to find water someplace new. Traveling from the Black River in Watertown, NY to the Cheat […]

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WEST BY GOD GOODNESS ~ A Dirtbag Family Descends the New River Gorge.Article and header photo by Joe Mayer, article photos by Michael D.Sawyer

The New River has always held a revered position in my mind. When I was a beginning boater in the mid 90’s, the New was considered a class III+/IV test piece, at least amongst the crowd I ran with, one of those rivers used to gauge your progress like the Ocoee and the Gauley. I […]