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Go Rafting/Kayaking

Raft the Rogue in Comfort
Western River Expeditions has spent 50-plus years navigating Western rivers, but this is the first summer they’ve offered their three- to four-day lodge-to-lodge rafting trips on Oregon’s Rogue River. As any whitewater lover knows, nights are usually spent in a tent (or under the stars), but here you’ll plunge through the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest — and Class IV rapids like Mule Creek Canyon, Blossom Bar, and Devil’s Staircase (plus plenty of tamer Class II and Class III rapids) — and then spend the night in a private room in a riverside lodge, made comfier still by heaping family-style meals. June through August. From $939. (866) 904-1160,

Kayak the Apostles
Something of a secret, Lake Superior’s Apostle Islands National Lakeshore in northern Wisconsin offers world-class sea kayaking. A lake by name, Superior is closer to an inland sea, with wind, waves, and beauty to match, and the Apostle Islands are Superior’s crown jewel. Living Adventure offers shorter sea kayak trips, but experienced kayakers sign on for the seven-day Lighthouse Tour. The aim: to reach as many of the six Apostle Islands lighthouses as possible. The journey will fill your ears with colorful history, your eyes with nature’s grandeur (surreal sandstone cliffs, arches, and sea caves), and your spirit with the occasional 15- to 18-mile paddling day. August 13 to 19. $749. (866) 779-9503,

Get Built for triathletes, but a plus for anyone who wants to swim and stay warm without the drag, Tyr’s Torque Elite Swimskin weighs, no kidding, less than 100 grams. Features like bonded seams (fewer bumps, less drag) and virtually no water absorption make for a quick swim. $250. Also on the wet front: H2O Audio Flex All Sport Waterproof Headphones can go to 3 feet for 30 minutes and still put out quality sound. $30.

A GPS is a handy outdoor tool, more so on the water where, well, landmarks can be few. Garmin’s GPSMAP 78sc includes preloaded U.S. and Bahamas coastal charts that include depth contours, navigational aids, and harbors; a barometric altimeter (to keep an eye on changing weather); and, handy on water, it floats. $550.

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