| Apr 12, 2015
| 3:27 PM
Folks want to get out on the water in Gloucester. It's just a matter of helping them know where to go.
That's what the Gloucester Blueways project — which maps out paddling routes with information on public access, stopping points, wildlife and...
| Apr 11, 2015
| 12:37 PM
St. Charles Park District officials were surprised that the request to borrow $28 million for a recreation center, among other projects, was resoundingly defeated April 7. The referendum would have resulted in higher taxes for up to 20 years.
| Apr 7, 2015
| 12:54 PM
"To strive for the purity of waters, the clarity of air, and the wise stewardship of the land and its resources; to know the beauty and understanding of nature and the value of wildlife, woodlands and open space; to the preservation of this heritage and...
| May 17, 2015
We set out past tarpon that seemed as long as our rented kayaks, leaving behind the flocks of tourists and pelicans at Robbie's Marina in Islamorada.
We were told Indian Key Historic State Park was a half-mile offshore, but it seemed farther away in...
| Apr 8, 2015
| 6:52 AM
Almost 60 watercraft took part in the Hockanum River Canoe and Kayak Race on Easter morning April 5.
The water was high and fast, which made the race more challenging, as did the relatively cool temperatures. The race began in Vernon and mostly...
| May 17, 2015
Among the 600 streams, springs, rivers and creeks in Ocala National Forest in north-central Florida is an unusual natural attraction. Salt Springs bubbles up from vertical fissures deep underground that produce water laced with potassium, magnesium and...
| May 17, 2015
You can't say no to sugar. Originally built in the 1830s, the Old Spanish Sugar Mill at DeLeon Springs State Park in Volusia County was designed to crush sugar cane using a water wheel and the power of the springhead that today shoots forth 19 million...
| Apr 6, 2015
| 9:00 PM
Florida has oodles of places to kayak, but few regions have made it as easy to find great paddling destinations as Lee County and its Great Calusa Blueway.
The Calusa Blueway is a 190-mile long paddling trail through the Gulf Coast waters around Fort...
| May 15, 2015
| 7:07 PM
For 40 years, Nainoa Thompson has been sailing his Polynesian open-ocean canoe, the Hokule'a, all around the great Pacific.
He's been on an extended mission to learn to build the ancient voyaging ships of his Hawaiian ancestors and master the nature-...
| May 14, 2015
| 7:42 PM
The mayor made a late play to stop it, citing permit violations. The port commission, under pressure from the city and the public, politely asked for a delay. A City Council member put his paddle where his politics are, joining a few dozen other “...
| May 8, 2015
| 9:07 AM
June 6-7: Lincoln Days, Pittsfield. Civil War re-enactors set up camp at Pittsfield City Lake and hold drills and battles. There will also be period food, vendors and artisans. 217-285-6995, http://www.tinyurl.com/mj79mt2. Miles from Chicago:...