Stephen poled some of the top kayakers in the country to get their suggestion on water to avoid, or if you’re a great paddler yourself, seek out. Some of the suggestions sound pretty epic, like the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, which is described in the article as starting out like a small mountain stream, but blossoms into a raging river, all in the course of a few miles.
The Grand Canyon is given it’s nod for being a great place to run white water, but it’s the setting itself that really strikes awe in the hearts of paddlers. Those amazing cliffs and scenery add a sense of wonder beyond just a typical white water run. Other suggestions include Upper Youghiogheny River in Maryland, the 150-mile Kennebec in Maine, and the the South Fork of the American River east of Sacramento.
To really get a good look at the rivers, checkout the accompanying slideshow for some awesome photographs and more info on each of the selections. Great stuff.
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