Plan More,
Guess Less,

Expert Guidance For Modern Paddlers

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Be Your Own Guide

PaddleWays is a collaboration between NRS, onWater, and American Whitewater to be your all-in-one tool for knowing how, where, and when to go paddling.

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Paddleways is a guidebook, interactive atlas and community forum, all in one tool, at your fingertips.

  • Explore rivers near and far with detailed interactive maps.
  • Read guide-book descriptions of paddling destinations.
  • Match your skill level with provided difficulty ratings.
  • Connect to related resources for more information.
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When you need to know, you can find all the information you need to plan the perfect outing from a single trusted source.

  • Measure river miles between put-ins and take-outs, or between camps, to plan your day.
  • View access points, boat ramps, campsites, restrooms, and other points of interest.
  • Check the weather and river flows by location.
  • Find local paddle shops and shuttle services.
  • See other users' comments on recent conditions.
  • Reference notes, photos and saved places from previous trips.

Your digital guidebook and GPS navigation tool for making informed decisions on and off the water.

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Never wonder where you are, where you're going, or what's around the next bend.

  • Access detailed interactive 2D and 3D maps online and offline.
  • Choose between Satellite, Outdoor and Street map modes.
  • Measure distances in river miles.
  • Set alerts for upcoming take-outs, camps or rapids.
  • Mark places to remember and include notes and photos.
  • View public and private land designations.

Leave comments for safety hazards, river conditions, and other need to know information to keep the paddling community safe on the water.

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About PaddleWays

PaddleWays is made possible by NRS in support of its mission to serve the health and well-being of people and the planet by helping make human-powered recreation more accessible, safe, sustainable and enjoyable. It is powered by technology, created by onWater, and donates 1% of sales to promote responsible use and resource conservation.

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Plan More, Guess Less, Paddle Smarter