River Quotes for Canoe & Kayak Paddlers
a bit of an over-the-top canoe & kayak paddling enthusiast.
Weekends are when I try to obsess on kayaking, just enough to drown
out the tedious reality of Monday through Friday. Sometimes, I need a
kayaking motto or cool paddling quote for a profile page on Facebook or some
other social networking site.
This list of canoe & kayak quotes
includes my favorite paddler sayings and even a couple
quotations from me.
They span a wide range kayaking and water related themes including: ecology
quotes, whitewater kayaker quotes, outdoor living quotes and many quotes that
just celebrate the magic of
water be it in a river, a pond or the Sea. Got a favorite canoe and kayak paddling quote you want to share?
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Canoe and Kayak Paddling Quotations
The first river you paddle runs
through the rest of your life. It bubbles up in pools and eddies to
remind you who you are. -- Lynn Noel
A man of wisdom delights in water. --
ORIGINALITY is unexplored territory.
You get there by carrying a canoe...you
can't take a taxi. -- Alan Alda
(His whitewater movie,
world turns softly
Not to spill its lakes and rivers.
The water is held in its arms
And the sky is held in the water.
What is water, That pours silver,
And can hold the sky?
-- Hilda Conkling,
Poems for a Little Girl, 1920
Although kayaking tends
to draw a younger demographic, it is still a lifelong sport that
anyone can get into. It's a sport anyone can enjoy, because it's not
about strength, it's about technique. -- Katherine Carr
Men may dam it and say that they have made a lake, but it will still
be a river. It will keep its nature and bide its time, like a caged
animal alert for the slightest opening. In time, it will have its
way; the dam, like the ancient cliffs, will be carried away
piecemeal in the currents. -- Wendell Berry
Rivers are magnets for the
imagination, for conscious pondering and subconscious dreams,
thrills, fears. People stare into the moving water, captivated, as
they are when gazing into a fire. What is it that draws and holds
us? The rivers' reflections of our lives and experiences are
endless. - Ed Fite, Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission Administrator and
Save the Illinois River, Inc. Vice President.
The river Called. The call is
the thundering rumble of distant rapids, the intimate roar of white
waterÖa primeval summons to primordial values. -- John J.
If there's a place, Canoe
there. -- Brent Kelly
The cure for anything is salt water -- sweat,
tears, or the sea. -- Isak Dinesen
The big question is whether you
are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.
There is no rushing a river.
When you go there, you go at the pace of the water and that pace
ties you into a flow that is older than life on this planet.
Acceptance of that pace, even for a day, changes us, reminds us of
other rhythms beyond the sound of our own heartbeats. -- Jeff Rennicke, River Days: Travel on Western Rivers
What, pray tell, would I buy? There is nothing out here that is not
free for the asking. Can you buy a sunrise? Is there a price to the
exhilaration we feel from the thunderstorm that rages outside?
Nature is the truest democracy, and not the richest man in the world
is served a grander sunset than the beggar. -- Michael Furtman
I learned that the richness of life is found in adventure. . . .
It develops self-reliance and independence. Life then teems with
excitement. There is stagnation only in security. -- William
There is nothing that is so aesthetically pleasing and yet so
functional and versatile as the canoe. -- Bill Mason
What sets a canoeing expedition apart is that it purifies you more
rapidly and inescapably than any other travel. Travel a thousand
miles by train and you are a brute; pedal five hundred on a bicycle
and you remain basically a bourgeois; paddle a hundred in a canoe
and you are already a child of nature. -- Pierre Elliott Trudeau
To have some parts flowing free
again...with deer grazing on its banks... ducks and geese raising
their young in the backwaters...eddies and twists and turns for
canoeists...and fishing opportunities such as Lewis and Clark enjoyed... would
be the finest possible tribute to the men of the Expedition, and a
priceless gift for our children. --
Undaunted Courage by Historian Stephen Ambrose
You donít drown by falling into
water. You drown by staying there. -- Robert Allen
A man of wisdom delights in water.--
If there is magic on this
planet, it is contained in water. -- Loren Eiseley
Those who would find solitude
must not be afraid to stand alone. --
|The problem with a canoe is that itís got a big hole on top that
lets in the water and limits the paddlerís ability to avoid
Life's a river kid...ya gotta go where it takes you. -- Doug
Rich (from: The Riches
Wherever there is a channel for water, there is a road for the
Henry David Thoreau
Never tell someone that a kayak is
so stable you can stand on your head in it. They will insist that you
prove this!!! -- Dave Lindo of OKC Kayak
Swift or smooth, broad as the
Hudson or narrow enough to scrape your gunwales, every river is a
world of its own, unique in pattern and personality. Each mile on a
river will take you further from home than a hundred miles on a road.
-- Bob Marshall
The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare to let go.
true work is this voyage, this adventure. --from
Illusions by Richard Bach
Rivers have what man most respects
and longs for in his own life and thought--a capacity for renewal
and replenishment, continual energy, creativity, cleansing. --
John M. Kauffmann
The marsh, to him who enters it in a receptive mood, holds, besides
mosquitoes and stagnation, melody, the mystery of unknown waters,
and the sweetness of Nature undisturbed by man. -- Charles
William Beebe (1906)
The drive to and from the river
is your most deadly obstacle on a paddling trip.
Watch out for road
fatigue, poorly secured loads, bad roads and deer! --
Thomas P. Jones
Though we travel the world over
to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.
-- From The Complete Prose Works of
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and
realities of the Universe, the less taste we shall have for
destruction. -- from the amazing
eco-classic Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
Caddo Lake is an ancient
flooded forest of Bald Cypress trees in East Texas.
The huge water-trees are
'curtained' with thick garlands of Spanish Moss.
The tea colored
waters are teaming with unusually large Catfish, Bass and Crappie.
Caddo Lake is paradise for a shade-tree kayaker like me.
Thomas P. Jones
|A river is more than an amenity, it is a
treasure -- Oliver Wendell Holmes
The two best reasons to buy a
kayak rather than just renting are sunsets and sunrises. -- Thomas P. Jones
on Buying vs. Renting Kayaks
I have need of the sky, I have
business with the grass; I will up and get me away where the hawk is
wheeling lone and high, And the slow clouds go by. I will get me
away to the waters that glass the clouds as they pass. I will get me
away to the woods. -- Richard Hovey
I gave my heart to the
mountains the minute I stood beside this river with its spray in my
face and watched it thunder into foam, smooth to green glass over
sunken rocks, shatter to foam again. I was fascinated by how it sped
by and yet was always there; its roar shook both the earth and me.
-- Wallace Stegner
The traveler was active; he
went strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience.
The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to
him. He goes "sight-seeing. -- Daniel J. Boorstin
If you learn a sweep stroke in
a whitewater kayak, that sweep stroke's going to do the same thing
in a sea kayak. -- Bill
Peace comes from within the
souls of men when they realize their oneness with the universe.
-- Black Elk
Night and day the river flows. If time is the mind of space, the
River is the soul of the desert. Brave boatmen come,
they go, they die, the voyage flows on forever. We are all
canyoneers. We are all passengers on this little mossy
ship, this delicate dory sailing round the sun that humans call the
earth. Joy, shipmates, joy. --
from The Hidden Canyon, A River
Journey by Edward Abbey, noted American author and environmental advocate.
I have never seen a river that
I could not love. Moving water . . . has a fascinating vitality. It
has power and grace and associations. It has a thousand colors and a
thousand shapes, yet it follows laws so definite that the tiniest
streamlet is an exact replica of a great river. -- Roderick Haig-Brown
| Tenacity is a pretty fair substitute for bravery, and the best form
of tenacity I know is expressed in a Danish fur trapper's principle:
'The next mile is the only one a person really has to make.'
Eric Sevareid (author of
Canoeing with the Cree)
I limb-line for my catfish, that is why I am working my landing
net from my kayak, while most fishermen are just sitting there gripping their rod
Dianne M. Jones on
Thomas Jones - I just
finished Canoeing with the Cree. Still, a brilliant
book after being in print since the 1930's! More about
this canoe trip book on our Kayak
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find
your element in each moment. --
Henry David Thoreau
Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing- absolutely nothing-
half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats. --
(From The Wind in the Willows
All the water that ever has been or ever will be is here now. It
sits, it runs, it rises as mist. It evaporates and falls again as
rain or snow. You cannot pollute a drop of water anywhere without
eventually poisoning some distant place. -- Michael Furtman
Without love of the land, conservation lacks meaning or purpose, for
only in a deep and inherent feeling for the land can their be
dedication in preserving it. -- Sigurd F. Olson
The rivers flow not past, but through us, thrilling, tingling,
vibrating every fiber and cell of the substance of our bodies,
making them glide and sing. -- John Muir
You can't be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of
subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet. -- Hal Borland
Be like a duck. Calm on the
surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath. --
Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its
current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by
and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away. --
Rivers know this: there is no
hurry. We shall get there some day. -- Winnie the Pooh
I grew up in this town, my
poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice
from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the
forests. -- Pablo Neruda
What is there that confers the
noblest delight? What is that which swells a man's breast with pride
above that which any other experience can bring to him? Discovery!
-- Mark Twain
It is good to have an end to
journey towards; but it is the journey that matters in the end.
-- Ursula K. LeGuin
Commonly we stride through the
out-of-doors too swiftly to see more than the most obvious and
prominent things. For observing nature, the best pace is a snailís
pace. -- Edwin Way Teale
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Canoeing & Kayaking Sayings From Unknown Authors
You know you are a kayaker when you
can't go over a bridge without looking for water under it.
Love many, trust a few,
always paddle your own canoe.
Kayakers roll over and do it again
... swimmers just shrink.
Dam Politicians, not Rivers!
Follow me to the put-in.
"Up a mountain...Down a beer"
I remember when kayaking was dangerous and sex was safe
Everyone must believe in something. I believe I'll go canoeing.
canoes have a greater beer capacity than kayaks.
I work so that I may boat!
Who cares? I scheduled this trip with the wife and we're going
somewhere rain or shine!
10% of the fishermen catch 90% of the fish
Here... hold my beer, and watch this. (famous last words)
You have to fish them where they live...and be present to win.
A nature lover is someone who, when treed by a bear, enjoys the
Paddle solo, sleep tandem.
Like swift water, an active mind never stagnates.
With this kayak in a bag, no roof racks are needed!
Saturday morning I got up early, put on my long johns, dressed
quietly, and slipped quietly into the garage to put the kayak on the
truck, and proceeded to back out into a torrential downpour.
There was snow mixed with the rain, and the wind was blowing 50 mph.
I turned on the radio and discovered that the weather would be bad
throughout the day. I went back into the house, quietly undressed,
and slipped back into bed. There I cuddled up to my wife's back, now
with a different anticipation,
and whispered, "The weather out there
My loving wife of twenty years replied, "Can you believe that idiot
husband of mine is out kayaking in that shit?"
On day an Eskimo sitting in his kayak
got chilly; but when he lit
a fire in the craft, it sank,
proving that you can't have your kayak... and heat it
|Class I clear water!
The Elk River at Noel, Missouri - Rafting, canoe and kayak trips just 3
and half hours from Tulsa.
Kayaking from Grave Creek to Lake
Eufaula near Hitchita, OK.
muddy old Deep Fork River is so crooked that a kayak fisherman can
always find some shade. Expect some trouble from Gar fish and turtles
and steer clear of the snakes as snags and your reward will be some of
the biggest catfish in the state!
Deep Fork River