In the 1970s, paddlers who wished to ride through the Grand Canyon didn’t have to wait for a permit, and Doug Woodward became one of the first to paddle the notorious river in a kayak. Over the next two years, he and Claude Terry worked with the crew of Deliverance on the Chattooga River, and they founded guide company Southeastern Expeditions using gear purchased from Warner Bros. once crews finished their filming. Later, Woodward paddled with future President Jimmy Carter on the same river in their attempted to elevate it to protected “Wild and Scenic” status.
In recent years, he has turned his attention to writing and photography and has contributed content to Blue Ridge Outdoors, Canoe & Kayak, Alaska, Paddler and other publications. He also published “Wherever Waters Flow,” his memoir of a lifetime centered on whitewater paddling.