Camping with a TRAK Kayak

Can a TRAK folding kayak safely carry more than 60 pounds of camping gear? I was fairly certain it could but I had to check it out for myself. So that’s what I did this past Labor Day weekend while camping at Wisconsin’s Rock Island State Park. I organized this event for the Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers kayak club. Last Friday, […]

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Camper Quest Part 5: Hello Winnebago View

I’ve been writing here about our search to find a way to transport sea kayaks on (or in) an RV. As you may recall, I told you I am now a Pilot ambassador for TRAK Kayaks, a 16-foot-long performance sea kayak that can be disassembled and transported in a bag. I saw this as a possible alternative to mounting a […]

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Team River Runner’s Apostle Islands Trip

At the extreme northern tip of Wisconsin in Lake Superior, the beautiful Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are a sea kayaker’s paradise. Last week I had the honor and pleasure of leading a group of Team River Runner military veterans and volunteers on a sea kayaking trip to the Apostle Islands. TRR events and trips usually involve whitewater kayaking. I’ve been […]

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Camper Quest Part 1: Expanding Our Kayaking World with an RV

My wife and I have been kayakers for about 12 years. Over the years, as we paddled rivers, Great Lakes and oceans, I expanded my knowledge and love of kayaking and today I share it with others as an instructor and volunteer. These days Lake Michigan is literally in our back yard, making it possible to walk down to our […]

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Tall Ships enter Sturgeon Bay

Kayaking friend Bill and I paddled from a Lake Michigan beach just north of the Sturgeon Bay Ship Canal Wednesday afternoon to view the parade of Tall Ships as they entered the bay. I couldn’t believe the size of the crowd lined up on both sides of the canal. Here’s my video footage set to music, plus some of my […]

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Door County rock hopping

A short video of Chris and me as we played in the bouncy waves at Cave Point County Park north of Sturgeon Bay, WI. The easiest access by kayak to this picturesque spot is to launch at Schauer Park, about 1.5 miles north of Cave Point. Always check the wind and waves forecast before paddling Lake Michigan and paddle within […]

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Kayak trip leaders learn the ropes

Fellow level 4 kayak instructor Bill Merrick and I spent two days this week at Gardner Dam Boy Scout Camp helping six kayakers attain their ACA level 1 kayak instructor certification. The candidates are preparing for their summer jobs as guides for kayak camping trips in the Apostle Islands and other locations in the Upper Midwest. We began each day […]

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Video of this year’s Door County Sea Kayak Symposium

Each year the Door County Sea Kayak Symposium (DCSKS) takes place during the second weekend of July at Rowley’s Bay near the northern end of Wisconsin’s Door County. In the 2015 edition, 170 kayakers with skills ranging from novice to advanced took part in classes and trips led by 38 instructors and staff of Rutabaga Paddlesports of Madison. For the […]

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