The Northeast Paddlers Message Board is an information and communication resource for paddlers in the Northeast Region.
Please have a look around and see what NPMB has to offer. Use the navigation links and drop down menus at the top of any page to explore the web site.
If this is your first visit, please consider signing up for a user account. That way, you can post messages and participate in the discussions here.
The regional focus of this web site is intended to help paddlers find the rivers, lakes, shores, outfitters, retailers, boats, and paddling connections that are most accessible to them. This “regionalism” is not meant to exclude anyone. No matter where you are located or where you paddle, you are encouraged to participate here.
The majority of the content of NPMB comes straight from its users – paddlers like you and me. The Discussion Forums are the heart of the NPMB web site. This is where you can post your messages and reply to posts from other users
The NPMB Paddling Calendar offers an interactive database of paddling events in the Northeast Region. You can browse, search, and add events.
Of the Paddlers ~ By the Paddlers ~ For the Paddlers
How NPMB got started…
Back in May 1996, when I had recently taken up the sport of whitewater canoeing, I was looking for information about where to paddle locally, and hoping to find other paddlers to hit the rivers with. I did not have a lot of luck finding either of these, and wondered if maybe there were other paddlers with the same problem.
This was around the time when the World Wide Web was just starting to be used more and more by regular people. An Internet link directory and search engine website called “Yahoo”, had just launched a highly-successful IPO. The concept for another Internet search engine was still just a glimmer in the eyes of two Stanford University computer science graduate students, and in a couple more years their idea would be know as “Google”.
At that time, I had been authoring webpages for about a year, both for my own needs and those of a few small businesses. I was familiar enough with the Internet to realize that it could potentially be a useful tool to find paddling information, and the paddlers I wanted to contact. I spent a good deal of time looking for a decent resource that might provide some good local information. My search returned no results. Then, I had an interesting idea… if I build it, maybe they will come 🙂
NPMB has proudly offered this online resource to the paddling community since May 1996.
I hope you enjoy NPMB.
NPMB Founder and Site Administrator
A selection of NPMB home pages over the years: