Alaska River Guide
The rich tapestry of Alaska is threaded together by 365,000 miles of
waterways, from cascading mountain streams to meandering valley rivers,
from the meltwaters of glaciers to broad rivers that empty into the
sea. These waterways run deep in the fabric of Alaskan life, providing
means of communication, nutrition, and transport for plants, animals,
Highly sought after by Alaska river runners, The Alaska River Guide is
the premier guide to Alaskan paddling. Karen Jettmar's insightful
narrative combined with detailed river maps, photographs, and crucial
at-a-glance information provides readers with the knowledge they need
to plan a successful Alaska river trip. Details such as cautions to
river hazards, prime paddling season, directions to river access
points, and summaries of fish and wildlife encountered round out this
This book profiles a wide variety of rivers from all over Alaska,
concentrating mainly on trips for intermediate boaters—those who have
run Class I and II rivers with proficiency and who possess good
wilderness camping skills. Some are good day trips; others involve
major expedition planning. Most of the river trips described here are
not high-speed experiences requiring helmets, wet suits, and sleek poly
playboats—but several are. Some of the rivers are easily accessible by
road and offer exciting whitewater runs (Gulkana River, Nenana River,
Eagle River). On many of the rivers you can join tours, whether for an
hour or for a month. The author looks at rivers as avenues to fine
wilderness country and at boats as transportation rather than tools for
surviving Class IV rapids.
In writing this guidebook the author tried to not steal away the
elements of surprise and adventure that people seek on a wilderness
trip. Alaska's remoteness and size still offer plenty of both. The goal
is to provide enough information to help you prepare for a trip,
without spoiling your sense of discovery. At the same time, writing
about an area inherently invites people to it and possibly makes it
more popular. None of the rivers described in this guide is unknown,
and some are already quite popular. The agencies that manage river
areas can provide additional information on the places you plan to
visit. (There's a listing of land managers at the back of this book.)
River ratings and other information in this book provide guidance,
but keep in mind that rivers are dynamic: they swell with snowmelt and
rain, and they change course over time. For a particular river, use
your best judgment in determining whether you have the boating and
wilderness skills required. Factor in the river's remoteness and
coldness, and the difficulty of being rescued, and then decide on the
river for you.
These corrected pages are available for this title.
Please, click to download (pdf format):
Eagle River Chapter
Gulkana River Chapter
Matanuska River Chapter
Willow Creek Chapter
Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), August 2008
The book has just been revised, "maintaining its standing as an
essential trip-planning resource for adventurers planning paddling or
rafting trips in the Last Frontier. . . . The trip-planning information
at the front of the book . . . has saved bush travelers tons of grief
since the first version of the book came out in 1993."
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Canoeing & Kayaking Florida, 3rd edition
Completely updated yet again, the latest edition of Canoeing & Kayaking Florida is the most comprehensive guide to the best of Florida’s unique streams, springs, creeks, and rivers. Engaging and concise, yet filled with carefully selected details vital to any successful Florida paddling adventure, Canoeing & Kayaking Florida spares readers encyclopedic fluff in favor of practical, nononsense information. With expanded regional maps and revised river maps, Canoeing & Kayaking Florida is simply the best and most informative Florida paddling guide available.
Several new paddling destinations have been added to this latest edition, including waterways like Shingle Creek, where a swift stream swishes through a cypress forest. Then there’s quiet coastal Shell Creek and the mighty Apalachicola River, a big water destination with big sandbars, big hills, and a fast current compared to more intimate Florida waterways. Still other new streams await your arrival.
For more than 30 years, Canoeing & Kayaking Florida has provided the essential information needed to paddle the waterways of Florida. Paddling has grown steadily in Florida due in part to this excellent guidebook, the establishment of paddling clubs, the positioning of outfitters on rivers, and population growth. The rise in the use of recreational kayaks has also led to the rebirth of paddling’s popularity. Let Canoeing & Kayaking Florida be your guide to the paddling possibilities in the Sunshine State.
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Canoeing & Kayaking Georgia, 2nd edition
Covering thousands of miles of Georgia's waterways, Canoeing & Kayaking Georgia is the definitive guide to Georgia’s whitewater to wilderness swamps—and everything in between. This updated edition incorporates the exhilarating new urban whitewater course in Columbus, and the recently established water trails that actively welcome recreational paddlers throughout the state. Now expanded to cover more waterways in Southwest Georgia—Kinchafoonee, Muckalee, and Ichawaynochaway Creeks—you only need one book to figure out where to float, no matter what type of boat you paddle.
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Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia, 5ed
Though it sports a new name and look, A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia (formerly Wildwater West Virginia) is still the definitive guide to whitewater in the Mountain State. Thirty years after the initial printing, this book continues to bring paddlers the best of West Virginia's waters: from classics rivers, such as the Gauley, the New, and the Tygart, to steep creeks like North Fork of Blackwater and Meadow River.
At-a-glance information for each river section helps boaters pick rivers to match their ability and current weather conditions, while river descriptions, gauge and shuttle route information provide additional critical information.
Whether boating in kayaks, canoes, or sit-on-tops, paddlers will find more than enough rivers to fit their interest or skill level. In addition, literary interludes scattered throughout each book will invoke the spirit of paddling, encouraging readers' contemplation of past and future trips. Appendices include websites, gauge information, and safety information, making this book a valuable resource in planning out the next trip.
From meandering riffled streams to on-the-edge, in-your-face steep creeks, these guides contains the best each state has to offer.
For the past 30 years, dog-eared copies of Wildwater West Virginia have found permanent homes in the glove boxes and bookshelves of serious whitewater paddlers.
While this classic guide now sports a new look and a new title, you'll find the same high-caliber advice that thousands of paddlers have relied on while paddling the streams and rivers of the Mountain State.
Inside are updated descriptions of all the classic rivers, including the Gauley, the New, and the Meadow, as well as exciting new reports of today's steep creek runs. Each river description highlights critical information about difficulty, steepness, and scenery, as well as vital gauge and shuttle information.
Whether you're an experienced paddler or are just starting out, you'll want to grab a copy or two of A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to West Virginia - the definitive guide to whitewater in West Virginia.
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Canoeing & Kayaking Kentucky, 6ed
Bob Sehlinger and Johnny Molloy's classic Canoeing & Kayaking Kentucky has been updated yet again. Covering the Bluegrass State from the Appalachians in the east to the Mississippi River in the west, paddling has never been better in Kentucky.
Combining the latest technology with good old-fashioned paddling trips, the updated 6th edition of our Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to Kentucky makes your paddling adventures even easier to execute with completely revised and improved maps, access points, river gauges, and mileages. Between them, Bob and Johnny have paddled thousands of miles throughout North America in addition to Kentucky. They have also penned paddling guides to several other Southern states. This combined experience has been used to make Canoeing & Kayaking Kentucky its finest and most useful for paddlers of all types. GPS coordinates have been added to every put-in and takeout in the book, making reaching your favorite waterway a snap.
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Canoeing & Kayaking New York
Canoeing and Kayaking New York is the only guidebook on the market that focuses solely on the rivers and streams of the Empire State. There is a lot of water to cover in a state almost 55,000 square miles in size, with a good variety of geography to experience as well. From the slow tidal rivers of Long Island to the urban waterways of New York City, the swift whitewater in the Adirondack Mountains to the majestic grandeur of the Hudson River, this book covers a bit of everything.
Canoeing and Kayaking New York includes descriptions of 50 trips along dozens of rivers. The trips are scattered across the state and designed to fit into almost everyone’s idea of a great paddle. A few over-nighters are profiled along with some short, round-trip day paddles. Other mile-heavy outings are described, as are a few water trails and optional side-trips. Some runs are meant for more experienced paddlers while others are more suitable for beginners and families.
In every description, though, is included all of the information paddlers need to make their trip enjoyable, safe, and fun.
Combined with information about tides, river gauges, GPS waypoints, and maps are personal anecdotes, bits of historical trivia, and descriptions of local plants and animals, all sprinkled with a touch of humor. The result is a guidebook that reads in parts like a collection of short stories, equally fitted for a bookshelf or dry bag.
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Canoeing & Kayaking South Central Wisconsin
60 Paddling Adventures Within 60 Miles of Madison
South-central Wisconsin provides an impressive array of opportunities for all types of paddling, including some of the very best daytrips in the entire state and even the Upper Midwest. Canoeing and Kayaking South Central Wisconsin, by experienced paddler and author Timothy Bauer, guides all types of paddlers, whether veteran or novice, through whitewater adrenaline or flatwater calm routes near Madison, Rockford, Janesville, Waukesha, and Milwaukee.
This paddling guide is the perfect companion for those seeking “the rowed less taken.” It describes the best times to paddle 60 diverse routes, alerts readers to each paddle’s difficulty level and estimated length, and suggests side trips, optional trip extensions, and alternate routes to paddle depending on weather conditions. Easy-to-follow maps, complete with GPS coordinates and driving directions, add to this book’s high value. In addition, the author provides contact information on local paddling clubs, outfitters, and Internet links.
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Canoeing & Kayaking The Ozarks, 3ed
Though it sports a new name and look, A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to Ozarks, 3rd (formerly Ozark Whitewater) is still the definitive guide to whitewater in the Ozarks. Fifteen years after it was first published, this book continues to bring paddlers the best of Ozark streams: from classics rivers, such as the Buffalo National and Little Missouri to steep creeks like Bryant and Turkey.
The ultimate guide to paddling whitewater in the Ozarks, A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Ozarks, 3rd (formerly Ozark Whitewater) has guided boaters to the best water in the area for years. Inside, boaters will find expanded and updated information for the classic rivers as well as for the extreme creeks.
Also included is information vital to all paddlers, beginner and expert alike: information on clubs and organizations, state water trails, and national and scenic rivers. Ratings and descriptions include topographic maps, country locations, gauges, difficulty ratings, drop/distances, run times, water quality, and much more.
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Carolina Whitewater, 9ed
The ultimate guide to paddling whitewater in the Carolinas, Carolina Whitewater has guided paddlers to the best creeks and rivers in the Tar Heel and Palmetto states for over 30 years.
Detailed creek and river profiles include:
Kayakers and canoeists will find expanded and updated information for the classic rivers, like the Nolichucky, Nantahala, and French Broad, as well as for several new steep runs, such as Rockhouse Creek, Hurricane Creek, the Gragg Prong, and Big Hungry River. You'll also get vital information on clubs and organizations, state water trails, and national and scenic rivers.
Waterway data for each run includes:
Class of difficulty
Length of the run
Time to paddle
Water level needed to paddle
Permits required (if any)
Gradient of each run
Ratings for scenery
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Tao Berman and Pam Withers
Running wild in the mountains of eastern Washington as a child,
world-class extreme kayaker and entrepreneur Tao Berman continues to
run wild through the record books and life. A world-record
waterfall-drop holder since his 98.4-foot kayak flight off of Upper
Johnston Falls in Banff National Forest, Berman is a powerhouse, a
living riveting story of pushing envelopes to the unthinkable edge.
As analytical as he is physically powerful, Berman not only pushes the
limits of possibility but redefines them, leaving behind in his wake a
tidal wave of inspiration and can-do attitude. His life story of
adventure prowess, domination of an extreme sport, and personal
audacity to go where others fear to tread is as gripping as it is
inspiring. Whether you need a kick in the pants or not, follow Berman's
incredible tale as he redefines human limitations with guts, training,
persona, and maybe even sometimes a little luck.
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