What’s the difference between Whitewater & Touring?



kayaking and canoeing is the sport of paddling a kayak on a moving body of water, typically a whitewater river. Whitewater can range from active, moving water, to demanding, extreme whitewater. As for the boat, whitewater canoes and kayaks are available for a variety of whitewater purposes such as river running, playing and creeking. They tend to be quite short (under 9ft) and fit snugly so you and your boat can quickly respond to changes in the river.



is more of a long distance paddling sport, and often a choice for paddlers who are continually challenging their kayaking skills. A touring kayak is a type of boat meant for quick paddling over longer distances. Like most kayaks, the touring kayak is long and narrow, and the paddler sits inside the boat by slipping into an open cockpit that can then be covered with a garment known as a spray skirt.These kayaks are less stable than others, so they are meant for experienced paddlers.



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 American Whitewater

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What’s Running?

Here is a list of rivers in Tennessee that are running.

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French Broad Blueway Map
Tellico Blueway Map
Tennessee River Blueway Map


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