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Whitewater slalom world champion Scott Shipley. Photo courtesy S2O Designs.
Whitewater slalom world champion Scott Shipley. Photo courtesy S2O Designs.

Kayaking champion helps design whitewater parks in Canton, Potsdam

The country's best known whitewater kayaking champion is helping design whitewater courses in Canton and Potsdam. Three time World Cup winner and three time Olympian Scott Shipley met with community members Monday night.  Go to full article
Baylor Johnson and Dan McConnell stand before a potential whitewater park spot
Baylor Johnson and Dan McConnell stand before a potential whitewater park spot

Plans for whitewater "play park" in Canton

This weekend, the village of Canton will be a haven for flatwater paddlers with the 50th anniversary of the Rushton canoe races.

There are also plans in the works to make better use of the Grasse River's whitewater. Planners are exploring construction of a "whitewater play park" at four sites on the Grasse in Canton. There's a public meeting on the subject tonight at 5:30 at the Grasse River Heritage building in the village.

David Sommerstein caught up with two of the organizers, Baylor Johnson and Dan McConnell.  Go to full article
Phil Royce on a wild northern river (Photo:  Barrett Miles)
Phil Royce on a wild northern river (Photo: Barrett Miles)

For SLU outdoor team, a decade-long journey north

For ten years, St. Lawrence University has been sending students north into the James Bay region of Quebec and Ontario. The James Bay Canoe Expedition is led by Phil Royce. He's a veteran whitewater guide and heads the school's outdoor program. This year, Royce led a team of eight paddlers down the Wakwayowkastic River. His audio diary from the trip was produced by Brian Mann. We also heard from students Jon Angus and Barrett Miles, who graduated from SLU this year. In ten years of the James Bay Canoe Expedition, there has never been a serious injury.  Go to full article

Whitewater Derby in North Creek

Canoe season is in full flood - both for recreational boaters and more focused paddlers. Races opened the season in earnest on rivers across the North Country. In Canton, C-1 Pro World Championships headlined the 41st annual Rushton races. The Teva Black River Rodeo brought kayaking pros to the Black River in Watertown. And wintry weather ended just in time for the hundreds of boaters gathered from around the country for the 45th annual Hudson River Whitewater Derby in North Creek. Brian Mann dropped by for the race and sends this audio postcard.  Go to full article

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