Polish up those J-strokes and cross-draws we’re journeying to the heartland
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Polish up those J-strokes and cross-draws — we’re journeying to the heartland
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area,
Mention the Eastern seaboard and most people think of New York City, where a wilderness outing means a wary walk through Central Park. But just two and a half hours from downtown Manhattan, it’s possible to canoe in a place that feels like real wilderness. The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area covers 70,000 acres of forested areas, meadows, and mountains in both
From New York City, follow I-80 west for 75 miles to the park’s south end and take Exit 52 in Pennsylvania onto U.S. 209 north to the Bushkill Access. For more information, contact the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area headquarters at 717-588-2451. Pack Shack Adventures, on Broad Street in Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania, right off I-80 at Exit 53, rents canoes,
Winding for 135 miles through the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas, the Buffalo National River is one of the most beautiful canoe runs in America. It moves through a near-wilderness of hills and sculpted side hollows, forests, and meadows. With kids in tow, your best bet is to paddle the slower-paced middle and lower sections. For a three- to four-day, 51-mile
Use U.S. 65 or Arkansas Routes 7, 14, or 21 to get to the park. Little Rock and Fayetteville, Arkansas, and Springfield, Missouri, are between two and three hours away. Rent a canoe (about $30 per day) from the Buffalo Outdoor Center (870-0439-2244) in Silver Hill, about a 15-minute drive south of St. Joe on U.S. 65. Contact the Buffalo National River headquarters at
In the Upper Midwest you get used to seeing pancake-flat land and sluggish prairie streams-out here, a 200-foot bump is considered a mountain. Yet tucked away in an isolated corner of northeast Iowa is a cliff-lined gorge that the glaciers forgot to flatten: the Upper Iowa River valley. The Upper Iowa can be paddled for 110.6 miles, from Lime Springs to its outlet into the
Look for remnants of centuries-old civilization. On a recent visit, my young niece discovered several arrowheads in a field by the river. The Upper Iowa has some of the best smallmouth bass angling in Iowa; you can also spot whitetail deer, bald eagles, beavers, and wild turkeys.
Put in at the Iowa 139 bridge at Kendallville; take out at Will Baker City Park, right off of U.S. 52 in Decorah. For canoe rentals and shuttles, contact Hruska’s Canoe Livery in Kendallville (319-547-4566). For information, call the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce at 319-382-3990.
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