Find Your Flow

We’ve zeroed in on the best blue-ribbon river trips in North America—from remote rapids to meandering flatwater—for getting wet, wild, and recharged.

Jul 1, 2004
Outside Magazine
whitewater rafting

"HEY WHERE'S MY IPOD?!" swim lessons at Bull Sluice Rapid, on the Chattooga

We scout out perfect currents, from a Class V rollercoaster ride on California’s Kern to the Class II bliss of Maine’s Allagash. PLUS: Three weeks of high-intensity lunch-hour workouts are all you need to put stamina into your paddle stroke; the latest in aquatic footwear for creek, river, lake, and beach; and the best in mid-stroke gear.

The Rivers
Georgia’s Chattooga River and California’s North Fork of the Kern River

Middle Fork of Idaho’s Salmon River and Colorado’s Green River

The North Fork of Wisconsin’s Flambeau River and Maine’s Allagash River

Alaska’s Talkeetna River and the Gauley River in West Virginia

The South Nahanni River in Canada’s Northwest Territories

The Right Stuff for the River: Gear You Need and Have to Have

The Workout
Power Stroke: Get fit for summer’s hottest sport—in less time than you’d think

The Gear
Make a Splash: Nine river-ready kicks engineered for endless summer fun

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