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20 Best Paddles of 2020
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20 Best Paddles of 2020

In keeping with Miles Paddled tradition, we’re pleased to bring you our annual year-end list of favorite paddles from the past season. While 2020 was challenging for a number of reasons, perhaps the easiest part was choosing twenty of…

Installing a depth finder on a kayak
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Kayak Modifications: Installing a Depth Finder

Resident fishing expert Trevor Bellrichard begins a series of Do-It-Yourself kayak modifications to turn what would be a run-of-the-mill sit-in kayak, into a rather credible and comfortable fishing vessel. Canoe and kayak modifications are likely to become an ongoing…

Matapalo Mangroves
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Paddling the Matapalo Mangroves in Costa Rica

A gorgeous estuary paddle trip through a remote mangrove forest off the Pacific Ocean-side of Costa Rica, this guided tour packs a lot in a little punch, featuring a knowledgeable guide explaining the intricacies of a saltwater ecosystem, exotic…

19 Best Paddles of 2019
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19 Best Paddles of 2019

Today we once again say goodbye to one paddling season and welcome in another. But before we officially sunset 2019 and head into year number twelve of Milespaddled.com, we bring you our annual look back at our favorite paddles…

40 Gifts for Canoers and Kayakers
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40 Unique Gifts For Paddlers

Black Friday is here, which means it’s time to start shopping for your special paddling brothers and sisters. Once again, Miles Paddled has got you covered by bravely wading into the sea of Amazon to discover the unique (and sometimes…

Cold Weather Paddling Apparel
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How To Dress For Cold-Weather Paddling

We are often asked the question, “What do you wear for cold-weather paddling?” So we thought we’d give you a brief top line of recommendations that work for us. The short of it: Layer up – that’s the key. A…

10 Favorite Miles Paddled Moments
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10 Favorite Miles Paddled Moments

Last January we started the new year looking back at 2017 in our first-ever “Year In Review”, but we’re already deviating from that formula because we’re at the end of celebrating our first decade anniversary. Instead of looking back…

10 Best Paddles of 2018
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10 Best Paddles of 2018

In keeping with our 10-Year anniversary features, we’re breaking the cadence of our “XX Best Paddles of 20XX” formula to highlight only ten from this year. Also, let’s face it, 45 paddles from 2045 is going to get a…

Ten Years of Ten Fave Gear
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10 Years of 10 Fave Gear

There’s certain gear that will live you for life, the kind you can depend on and trust. In the years since starting gear reviews, there have been some that have risen to the top as tried and true and…

10 Favorite Destination Photos
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10 Favorite Destination Photos

I had a really hard time deciding what to call this group of photos. I mean, these aren’t necessarily “paddling” photos, though they were taken while out on paddling excursions. But “Ten Favorite Not-Paddling Photos” sounded not only clumsy…

35 Gifts for Canoers and Kayakers
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35 Unique Gifts For Paddlers

Happy Black Friday, ‘Merica! Can you (canoe?) believe it’s already that time of year to start shopping for your fanatical paddling brothers and sisters? And can you believe we actually spent time working up another gift list? Well, last…

10 Favorite Comments
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10 Favorite Comments

Throughout the years, Miles Paddled has received thousands, literally, thousands, of comments. They mostly arrive via email or directly to the site, but also to Facebook, Twitter, Google, YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Messenger, and even snail mail (no kidding). They’ve come…

10 Favorite Wildlife Photos
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10 Favorite Wildlife Photos

Wildlife photos are usually my favorites because I appreciate how hard it is to capture a “perfect” moment while in a moving boat and competing with the natural fact that our subjects are ready to flee at the sound of…

10 Best of the Worst Photos
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10 Best of the Worst Photos

We’ve encountered a lot of fences and barriers, and I think every single one of them is ugly. We’ve met a lot of deadfall and blockages, and I’ve never enjoyed hiking around them. We’ve seen trash, abuse, drainage pipes,…

10 Favorite River Trips
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10 Favorite River Trips

Ten years of documenting rivers and creeks throughout Wisconsin and our neighboring states has given us a whole lot of trips to reminisce on. When we’re asked to name favorites, there are some that instantly come to mind. But…

10 Favorite Paddling Videos
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10 Favorite Paddling Videos

Years ago, I started recording paddles after I fell in love with videos found on YouTube created by Tom Lindblade, and then later Mark and Mary Morrall who once produced paddling DVDs of local trails. They were the inspiration…

10 Favorite Creek Trips
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10 Favorite Creek Trips

In ten years, we’ve written about a whole lot of rivers and creeks, (304 as of this writing, to be specific) so you’d think we’d have a hard time narrowing our favorite creek trips to only ten. Truth be…

10 Favorite Paddling Photos
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10 Favorite Paddling Photos

Miles Paddled started in April of 2008 with a more generic (and clumsier) name. It wasn’t until a particularly lengthy paddle on the Lower Wisconsin River where we learned just how long a paddling-mile was that inspired the name…

50 Bizarre Kayaking T-Shirts
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50 Bizarre Kayaking T-Shirts

One of my favorite reads in the whole wide internet is the A/V Club’s “Great Job Internet” column. There, they bring to light, the most unusual and obscure behavior from the nooks and crannies of the internet’s (in)human condition.…

Bois Brule River
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Bois Brule River Paddle Guide

If you close your eyes and imagine two paddlers from a bygone time in a canoe that’s either lumberjack-red or pine tree-green floating down an intimate copper-colored clear stream trying their luck for trout at the base of a…

17 Best Paddles of 2017
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17 Best Paddles of 2017

2018 is almost upon us, can you believe it? Before we say goodbye to this year and head into what will be the tenth year of Milespaddled.com, here’s our annual year-end look back at some of the places we…

30 Gifts for Canoers and Kayakers
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30 Unique Gifts For Paddlers

With the gift-giving season upon us, we’re always looking for paddling-related gifts for our fellow canoe and kayak friends who already have all the usual paddling gear. While doing some Black Friday shopping, we fell into a rabbit-hole of…

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Yahara River Full Moon Paddle

Mud Lake to Lake Kegonsa: Out first ever full-moon paddle on the next to nonexistent current of the Yahara River between lakes Waubesa and Kegonsa. The sizeable width of it makes for a great landscape to dabble in paddling…

Crystal River
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Crystal River Paddle Guide

As anyone who regularly reads Milespaddled.com would know, we love the Waupaca area for canoeing and kayaking. There’s an appeal there that we just can’t resist, and the Crystal River is one of those reasons. It’s a river that’s…

16 Best Paddles of 2016
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16 Best Paddles of 2016

2016 saw many changes for Milespaddled.com, starting with the appearance of the site itself. Behind the scenes, we had been busy working up a new site, while at the same time reporting on 42 trips that covered over 400 miles of…

Sugar River Paddle Guide
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Sugar River Paddle Guide

Clocking in around 90 miles long, the Sugar River is one of the more prominent streams in southern Wisconsin. Despite its name, the Sugar isn’t always so sweet. Just west of Verona, it starts clear and gurgles with a…

Mecan River Paddle Guide
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Mecan River Paddle Guide

If there’s one stream in southern Wisconsin that is a paddler’s paradise, it’s the Mecan River. Starting at a pretty lake fed by natural springs, the river meanders for some 40 miles through a mixed landscape of hardwoods, oak savannas,…