Winter Dusk on the South Platte River

Dusk on the South Platte River below the Plumb Ditch Dam near Greeley. The picture was shot during a short evening paddling workout with Thunderbolt kayak starting at the Mitani-Tokuyasu State Wilderness Area (open till the end of February only) above Kersey.

10 Easy River Trips in the Mountains, Canyons and Plains of Colorado

10 definitive canoe and sea kayak trips in Colorado, written 30 years ago, but still fun to read.

Sticky Pod Review – Suction Cup Camera Mounts for Kayak Photography

I have been using different approaches to mount my camera or camcorder on a boat deck from various mini tripods and clam pods to mounts improvised with a foam, bungee, and duck tape. Recently, I almost entirely use a suction cup mount from Sticky Pod Camera Mounts. I have found it reliable and easy to use.

The sticky pod has been involved in shooting of all my movie clips and paddling self portraits in interval camera mode since 2005/6 winter.

The sticky pod mounts come in different configurations from a single cup mount to heavy duty mounts with 3 or 4 suction cups. The essential part of this system is a strong suction cup with a 1/4" thread. It can be connected to any standard photography tripod head or anything else using 1/4" bolt.

Use Your Paddle to Stabilize a Camera

I often use a paddle to stabilize my Pentax Optio camera, especially, when paddling rather tippy boat like Sisson Nucleus or Spencer X-treme. It serves two functions: 1. To have your paddle ready for bracing. 2. To avoid shaking the camera when pressing a shutter button.

Boat Chute on the South Platte River at Brighton

August 18, 2006. I seldom paddle South Platte River in summer. There is usually not enough water for paddling below Greeley. The river flow is much better between Brighton and Fort Lupton, but water quality is poor since it is […]

CLC Patuxent 19.5 Kayak on the Boedecker Reservoir

06/27/06. Boedecker Reservoir near Loveland. A nice paddling evening. Interesting clouds over the mountains. A distant rainbow, but too weak to photograph it without a polarizer filter. The water level was about 3′ lower than six weeks ago. Some islands […]

Paddling Kayak and Canoe in Northern Colorado

I have been living at Fort Collins in northern Colorado for 17 years. Before 1999 I had only a folding kayak, Feathercraft K1 expedition, and I didn't paddle very often at least according to my today standards. Nevertheless, in addition to my local Horsetooth Reservoir, I visited several mountain lakes including Dillon, Turquois and Granby. In 1999 I built CLC Patuxent 19.5 and started a real exploration of Colorado waters. At the same time my garage started to convert into a boathouse ...

30+ Miles of South Platte River in Eastern Colorado

My original plan was to paddle nearly 40 miles of South Platte from Orchard to Cooper Bridge. I wanted to resume my February low water paddling Masters to Orchard and explore another segment of the river. In winter, I also paddled the last few miles of my course: from Cooper bridge upstream to Snyder and back. Connie agreed to provide a shuttle. She was accompanied by my mother visiting us from Poland.

First troubles appeared at the Orchard bridge when preparing my safari boat (Spencer X-treme canoe) for launching. A local farmer asked me not to disturb duck and goose nesting area by paddling the river below Orchard. It seemed that he put two fences across the river to protect the area. After some discussion I agreed to move my launching 4 miles downstream to the next bridge at Goodrich. He wasn't aware if I would encounter similar problems further downstream.

Shooting Paddlers – Photographic Adventures with Canoeists, Kayakers and Rafters

Shooting Paddlers – Photographic Adventures with Canoeists, Kayakers and Rafters

You can learn a lot from his book. It is designed to help all paddlers strengthen their ability to see, recognize and record meaningful images. At the same time the book is simply fun to read or browse through it.

There are 4 comments so far

  • Bill Ashworth
    3 years ago

    Marek – what do you know about the condition of the South Platte put-ins/take-outs and river courses traditionally used by the Joint Clubs March event? Poudre and RMCC are organizing for 2015 and looking for information

    Bill Ashworth

  • Marek Author
    3 years ago

    I haven’t paddled the South Platte this year yet. Last year, I paddled the river around Kuner and Kersey – no significant changes in river character or access after flooding there. I haven’t seen Riverside Park in Evans after re-opening. I may have some updates in the next couple of weeks.

  • 2 years ago

    Hi Marek – Great pictures! This canoe stabilizer and platform may help if you have a tripod on your Penobscot.

  • 2 years ago

    Hi Larry. I go to southwestern Wyoming where my dad lives and saretm fish with sinners and do some fly fishing. Been doing it every year since I was in third grade. Lots of water up there this year so fishing was slow but still fun. Love to pan fry smaller trout or wrap them in tin foil with some butter and garlic and put them on a grill or in the coals of a camp fire for about 30 minutes. Can’t go wrong with either method.RG

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