Canoe Adventures

"Wherever there is a channel for water, there is a road for the canoe."   - Henry David Thoreau

There are times when a solo paddle, with no others around is what you need to refresh the mind and body. And yet, other times we need to meet up with like minded paddlers to share the moments.


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Guide Profiles

Marc W. McCord, Canoeman River Guide Services

Marc first started canoeing in Boy Scouts in about 1960, and began downriver canoeing in 1975. He began whitewater canoeing in 1990, in the Texas Hill Country on the Upper and Lower Guadalupe, San Marcos, Blanco, Frio. Medina and other rivers.

His first swiftwater rescue class was in 1996, and he has taken 12 such classes since then to maintain proficiency and skills in techniques necessary to save lives and recover gear in emergency situations. In 1998, he first became certified in Basic First Aid and Wilderness First Responder First Aid.

In 2000, Marc started Canoeman River Guide Services, utilizing 25 years of downriver canoeing and camping experience for the benefit of people wanting to enjoy the pursuit of river recreation in canoes, kayaks and rafts. His clientele include many Boy and Girl Scout troops, church, school and civic groups, company and environmental groups and groups of friends and family who want the safety of a trained, professional guide. He specializes in multiday wilderness whitewater expeditions, but also leads day trips on easy flatwater, and everything in between, depending upon the needs of his clients.

In 1997, Marc began publishing the wildly popular Southwest Paddler website for the purpose of providing detailed information about rivers garnered from his 50+ years of canoeing experience. He served as safety director of the Trinity River Challenge Marathon Canoe Race from 2006-2010, and regularly works with outfitters in several states to promote safety and environmental protection on and near rivers.

Canoeman River Guide Services –
Southwest Paddler –
E-mail: or phone 214-998-4922

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