Men's Journal - June 2004


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While the rest of the sea-kayaking world logjams the Pacific Northwest this summer, Kootenay Lake, near the funky arts-and-powder town of Nelson, remains a secret paddler's paradise. For one thing, the scenery is more dramatic: The 7,000- to 9,000-foot Purcell and Selkirk mountain ranges ring this 90-mile lake. And the paddling conditions are ideal: a drier climate, warmer temps (ranging from 70 to 90 degrees in the summer), and no tides to contend with. Outfitter ROAM takes you kayaking for a few days, and throws in some sailing and fishing on the lake and a bit of Class III-IV whitewater on the Salmo River.

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O.A.R.S. is an author ized concessioner of Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Grand Te ton National Parks and Dinosaur National Monument.
Outside Travel Awards 'Best Outfitter' Runner Up National Geographic Adventure Magazine - Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth As Featured On 50 Tours of a Lifetime - National Geographic Traveler Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservations Manager Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist 2007-2013 (River Rafting) Best of the Bay Area Winner

For consecutive years, O.A.R.S. has been named the "Best River & Sea Outfitter on Earth" by National Geographic Adventure and one of the top two outfitters in the world by Outside Magazine in its annual Active Travel Awards recognition program. In multiple years, O.A.R.S.trips have been honored as "50 Tours of a Lifetime" by National Geographic Traveler and since 2007, Condé Nast Traveler has recognized Mindy Gleason, O.A.R.S. Reservation Manager and International Adventure Travel Consultant, as Condé Nast Traveler's standalone Top Travel Specialist in the River Rafting category.

Questions about trips or making reservations? Contact or call 800-346-6277 in the USA or Canada or 1-209-736-4677 if outside the USA or Canada.
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