Greetings from Fredericksburg!
I had an awesome time visiting the ACA headquarters. It was great to finally meet the staff members in person and it’s always great to connect with others who love the water as much as I do! If you get a chance to head down it is well worth the trip. The town itself was the boyhood home of George Washington and [...]
What’s better than Earth Day with friends? Earth Day with friends, wine, covered bridges, and great food!
Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper, in partnership with Susquehanna Life Magazine, presents the first “Bridges Over Troubled Water,” a one-day motorbus tour of the watershed to covered bridges and local vineyards. Along the way, we’ll learn a [...]
Introducing Steve Sassaman ACA-PA Education Director
It’s my pleasure to welcome Steve into the ACA-PA Executive Council. Currently I’ve not met Steve, but he has a great first name that I’m fond of. He also looks like he is excited about paddle sports and that is exactly what Pennsylvania needs to get the word out about the [...]
Introducing Carol Parenzan ACA-PA Stewardship Director
It’s my pleasure to welcome Carol as the ACA-PA Stewardship Director. She is an incredibly hardworking woman and is devoted to Pennsylvania waterways and overall water quality and health of rivers in general. -Steve Barber ACA-PA State Director
Carol Parenzan ACA-PA Stewardship Dir [...]
Kayak Roll Sessions are happening at Uniontown High School.
Roll sessions are the gateway into kayaking.
It’s such a fantastic gateway into the world of whitewater and fortunately for the kids at Uniontown High School the Youghiogheny River is 17 miles away. The Youghiogheny River has multiple sections for for kayakers o [...]
The annual Cheat River Festival is a celebration of new life, that which comes each Spring and the new life that can be found in the Cheat River watershed. Cheat Fest is Friends of the Cheat’s annual fundraiser which helps us advance our watershed projects and supports the organization’s administrative costs. Rain or shine, Cheat Fest is alw [...]
I’m proud to be representing the ACA and the whitewater community at the Deep Creek Lake Public Hearing.
Full meeting audio:
Learn more about the Deep Creek Lake Water Management Plan from another post. Below is some personal experiences from the Upper Yough.
My name is Steve Barber and I’m currently the American Canoe Associat [...]
Deep Creek Lake landowners are wanting to reduce releases for the Upper Yough.
Upper Yough in the Fall by Jeff Macklin
Recently a small but powerful group of land owners in the back coves of Deep Creek Lake have been trying to reduce the number and type of whitewater releases on the Upper Section of the Youghiogheny.
Their main concern [...]
Developed by bridging the world of climbing and river running, the Telfer Lower is a hybrid technique for extraction on the river.
Seems only right for ACA-PA to feature this whitewater professional nurtured by the great state of Pennsylvania, Les Bechdel. He attended Penn State and the whitewater curriculum he teaches presently finds his cla [...]
Possible spinal injuries on the river can be a terrifying thought but, using the water to assist your situation could make all the difference.
Justin Padgett standing in the cold waters of the Tuckaseegee river demonstrates how to use water to assist in spinal immobilization. Head and neck injuries are serious when it comes to whitewater. As [...]