Kevin Colburn

Asheville, NC

Kevin has been an avid whitewater boater for over 15 years, and has paddled rivers and creeks in almost every state with gradient. Raised in Pennsylvania, Kevin moved south to attend the University of North Carolina at Asheville where he earned a undergraduate degree in environmental studies, with an emphasis on field ecology. While at UNCA, Kevin co-founded the UNCA Paddling Club and avidly explored the regional steep creeks both on foot and in a kayak. Shortly after graduation Kevin headed west to the University of Montana to get a masters degree in environmental studies that was focused on stream restoration and ecology. Montana proved an excellent base to paddle wild multi-day rivers, and to playboat on the Clark Fork and Lochsa. In 2001, Kevin was hired as AW's Eastern Conservation and Access Associate to tackle several tough dam relicensings and other projects across the east. Based in Asheville again, Kevin quickly developed a skill set focused on river management, negotiation skills, natural resource law, and regulated river restoration. Kevin became AW's National Stewardship Director in 2005, and now lives in Missoula, MT.


Early rapid on the run  ( .jpg)

Big Hairy is really Big Fun  ( .jpg)

Chattooga @Rock Gorge - Burrell's Ford to Lick Log Creek  ( .jpg)

North Fork Buffalo boogie  ( .jpg)

The little canyon pinch   ( .jpg)

Chalco Runout  ( .jpg)

New @15. New River Dries: Hawks Nest Dam to Gauley Bridge  ( .jpg)

How not to seal launch  ( .jpg)

Swannanoa @Charles D. Owen Park to Azalea Rd  ( .jpg)

Typical scene in the beautiful Elk River Canyon  ( .jpg)

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