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Deep Creek Water Management Public He...

Upper Yough, Upper Youghiogheny River, Friendsville, Trout Unlimited, Ken's Irish Pub, Precision Rafting, Wilderness Voyageurs, Friends of Deep Creek Lake, American Whitewater, Three Rivers Paddling Club, American Canoe Association, Garrett County MD. Garrett County Government, Deep Creek Watershed Management Plan, Unit4media
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 [...]

The Telfer Lower with Les Bechdel

Les Bechdel ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor
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 [...]

Spinal Immobilization in a River with...

Justin Padgett ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor
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 [...]

Shoulder Dislocation with Justin Padg...

Justin Padgett discussing shoulder dislocation
The dislocated shoulder is an injury that can happen to any boater and most likely will. If you have never had a dislocated shoulder that’s great. Maybe you don’t know anyone who has ever done it, again this is great news. The longer you boat the more likely you will have a dislocated shoulder or know someone who will dislocate th [...]

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Treating Hypothermia with Tom Burroug...

Tom Burroughs ACA instructor
Treating hypothermia is a possibility that can affect every water sport enthusiast. Understanding hypothermia is important. Now that you’ve recognized the signs and symptoms it’s time to act. Do you have a “Duty to Act”, yes you do. You’re an outdoor professional and understand that this is a client or a friend a [...]

Understanding Hypothermia with Tom Bu...

Tom Burroughs Understanding Hypothermia
Hypothermia is something that can affect every water sport enthusiast. To deal with it you have to understand it. Tom Burroughs did an incredible job of explaining the character and symptoms of hypothermia on the banks of the Tuckaseegee river. During my time at the ACA Swiftwater Rescue Clinic in Dilsboro North Carolina I was able to learn f [...]

Stories of Survival

American Canoe Association Video
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Stand Up Paddleboards for Swiftwater ...

The middle section of the Youghiogheny always has action. I’ve spent nine years working on the Youghiogheny river and the middle section is the least traveled of sections for me. I know it ok but I just haven’t spent a lot of time on it. I fish it and bike along side of its banks and when relatives come in I take them down this [...]

Whitewater Festival: Ohiopyle Over th...

Ohiopyle ACA-PA Falls Fest Unit4media
Over the Falls Festival: Thousands of People, and Twenty Feet Thousands of spectators. Hundreds of boaters. Twenty feet of falling whitewater. August 22nd, American Whitewater held the 2015 Over the Falls Festival over Ohiopyle Falls. The park estimated around 10,000 spectators cheered on the brave boating souls. Over 200 paddlers from aroun [...]

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WV Beers for WV Public Lands!

February 21, 2018, 6:00pm - February 21, 2018, 7:00pm

Do you like beer? Do you like our public lands? We have just the event for you! Join us for WV Beers for WV Public Lands, presented by the Morgantown Chapter of West Virginians for Public Lands and West Virginia Rivers Coalition in partnership with Sierra Club. We will have several WV beers on tap from Short Story Brewing and Chestnut Brew Works, all proceeds going to West Virginians for Public Lands; a photo booth provided by As You Are Boudoir, props included; raffles and door prizes provided by Pathfinder, 304 Food Works, and Black Bear Burritos; and excited volunteer leaders ready to educate and inform. We will see you there!

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No PFD’s. I guess if you fell off floating may be your second worry. This is terrifying. ...

Log rafting, 1958. Carpathian mountains, Ukraine. Absolutely terrifying!

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Kayak fishing on the Yough anyone. Awesome video. ...

Trout, bass, kayaks. What more could you ask for. #kayakfishing #rock

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Calling all snorkelheads ... ...

The View Below: Amazing Sights in Our Streams and Rivers

March 4, 2018, 2:00pm - March 4, 2018, 2:30pm

Freshwater Journeys in partnership with Roots & Shoots at BucknellU and Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper Association, Inc. presents .... The View Below: Amazing Sights in Our Streams and Rivers Sunday, March 4, 2:00-3:30 PM Gallery Theatre at Elaine Langone Center Bucknell University (Lewisburg, PA) We often perceive that there isn’t much to see beneath the surface of our nation’s freshwater rivers and streams, but once we look underwater, an amazing world appears. Fish of incredibly diverse colors, shapes, and behaviors live in freshwater ecosystems. The streams themselves create other worldly, breathtaking streamscapes, giving humans willing to submerge themselves the opportunity to witness incredible ecological feats, such as thousand-mile fish migrations, predator-prey interactions, or the vibrant-colors of mating displays. The underwater world of our rivers and streams is unexpected, largely unnoticed, and amazing! Underwater naturalist Keith Williams shares his adventures of exploring and discovering the underwater world of our Susquehanna River and her tributaries, including the Pennsylvania 2018 River of the Year – the Loyalsock Creek – in this engaging free presentation. About the Presenter: Keith Williams has developed river snorkeling-based science curriculum and has established river snorkeling programs for non-profits and the U.S. Forest Service. Keith has led thousands of people on river snorkeling adventures. His first book on river snorkeling, Snorkelhead, was published in 2016. FREE and open to the public. This project was financed in part by a grant from the Community Conservation Partnerships Program, using Environmental Stewardship Funds, under the administration of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Bureau of Recreation and Conservation and administered by the Pennsylvania Organization of Watersheds and Rivers. #PARiveroftheYear #LoyalsockCreek #LoyalsockLove #Susquehanna

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  • Susquehanna River Keeper Carol Parenzan

    Riverkeeper Recognized for Environmental Excellence

    Riverkeeper Recognized for Environmental Excellence

    LEWISBURG (March 28, 2017) – In just one short year, Middle Susquehanna Riverkeeper [...]

  • Cheat River Festival 2016

    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 Ch [...]

  • Justin Padgett ACA Swiftwater Rescue Instructor

    Spinal Immobilization in a River with Justin Padgett

    Possible spinal injuries on the river can be a terrifying thought but, using the water to assist  your situation could make all the diff [...]

  • Justin Padgett discussing shoulder dislocation

    Shoulder Dislocation with Justin Padgett

    The dislocated shoulder is an injury that can happen to any boater and most likely will.
    If you have never had a dislocated shoulder tha [...]

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    ISSU 4 of ACA Paddling Zine