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Completely updated, Canoeing & Kayaking Florida, 2nd 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, no-nonsense information. With expanded regional maps and revised river maps, ...
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Overview

Completely updated, Canoeing & Kayaking Florida, 2nd 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, no-nonsense information. With expanded regional maps and revised river maps, Canoeing & Kayaking Florida is simply the best and most informative Florida paddling guide available.

Florida has a lot of sand, but it also has a lot of water—and not just for drinking. It’s only natural that native Floridians and transplants alike paddle and ply the waterways of this waterway-rich state. Of course, Florida’s native Indians and subsequent settlers used the creeks, streams, and rivers long before the first plastic kayak or fiberglass canoe took to this watery paradise. In the early 1970s, the state of Florida established a canoe trail system, which was born out of paddlers discovering the many destinations here. For various reasons, this state-sanctioned canoe trail system lost momentum.

Building on the state’s efforts and adding their own discoveries, paddling enthusiasts Elizabeth F. Carter and John L. Pearce brought together the rich and varied streams, creeks, and rivers of Florida. Together, they penned the original version of portions of this book, A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Florida, Volume I. Their book covered the north central part of the state as well as the panhandle. This was followed by A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Florida, Volume II, written by Lou Glaros and Doug Sphar. Their book covered the southern half of the state.

Paddling grew steadily in Florida due in part to these excellent guidebooks, establishment of paddling clubs, positioning of outfitters on rivers, and population growth. More people explored new waterways, not only in new kayaks made of varied plastic but also ultra-lightweight canoes easy to paddle and transport. More recently, a rise in the use of recreational kayaks has led to a rebirth of paddling’s popularity.

In 2004, Molloy worked on a new consolidated paddling guide to Florida and refloated previously covered rivers, checking access points, and floated new waterways to highlight newer opportunities for Florida paddlers. Several new wilderness streams were added to the book. In the new 2007 edition, Molloy and Elizabeth Carter added a few more streams, and revised the maps for easier use.

For over 20 years, Menasha Ridge Press's Canoeing & Kayaking Florida has provided the essential information needed to paddle the waterways of the Sunshine State.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897327671
  • Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
  • Publication date: 1/15/2011
  • Series: Canoe and Kayak Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 664,577
  • File size: 25 MB
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Meet the Author

Johnny Molloy is an outdoor writer who averages over 100 nights in the wild per year backpacking and canoe camping throughout the U.S. He has written numerous books and articles for magazines and websites. He is the author of A Paddler's Guide to the Everglades.

A veteran paddler, Elizabeth F. Carter co-wrote the original Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to Florida, Volume I: North Central Peninsula and Panhandle. She continues to enjoy the sport, in addition to writing and spending time in the out-of-doors.
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Fisheating Creek is undoubtedly one of the prettiest streams in Florida. Tea-colored water journeys swiftly through thick cypress swamps and beside hardwood hammocks, opening into small lakes where wildlife abounds. This area, especially the upper creek, is in an area little disturbed by man. The high water mark of the streamshed is now the boundary of a wildlife management area. Wildlife thrives here-turkeys, deer, hogs, alligators aplenty, and more birds than I can identify. In the upper watershed, you have to pass through private land to reach the put-in, therefore, only the state-sanctioned concessionaire operating the waterside campground and livery near Palmdale is allowed to take paddlers upstream. You must contact them to access Fisheating Creek upstream of US 27. Downstream from US 27, paddlers can put-in and head down, or put-in at the public ramp on State Road 76 near Lake Okeechobee and head upstream. It pays to contact the concessionaire before endeavoring in a trip here.
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Table of Contents


Dedication     ii
Acknowledgments     viii
Introduction     1
Using This Guide     3
Using River Gauges     4
Water-level Sites     5
Friendly Advice     5
Florida Rivers and Creeks     10
The Western Panhandle     16
Big Escambia Creek     16
Styx River     19
Perdido River     22
Coldwater Creek     27
Sweetwater Creek and Juniper Creek     29
Streams of the Eglin Air Force Base Reservation     33
Blackwater River     42
Yellow River     46
Shoal River     51
Choctawhatchee River     55
Holmes Creek     64
Econfina Creek of Washington and Bay Counties     67
Chipola River     72
The Central Panhandle     80
Ochlockonee River     80
Sopchoppy River     90
Little River     94
Graham Creek and East River     96
New River     98
Lost Creek     101
The Big Bend     104
Wakulla River     104
St. Marks River     107
Wacissa River     109
Aucilla River     112
Econfina River of Taylor County     115
Steinhatchee River     117
The Northern Peninsula     120
Withlacoochee River (North)     120
Suwannee River     124
Santa Fe River     137
Ichetucknee River     143
Middle Prong St. Marys River     144
St. Marys River     147
Black Creek     153
The Central Peninsula     158
Withlacoochee River (South)     158
Rainbow River     165
Silver River     167
Ocklawaha River     168
Alexander Springs and Alexander Springs Creek     172
Juniper Springs and Juniper Creek     176
Salt Springs and Salt Springs Run     178
The Central Highlands     180
Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run     180
Blackwater Creek and Lake Norris     185
Econlockhatchee River     188
Arbuckle Creek     191
Peace River     195
Fisheating Creek     200
The Atlantic Coast     204
Pellicer Creek     204
Bulow Creek      207
Tomoka River     210
Spruce Creek     213
Turkey Creek (Atlantic Coast)     215
South Prong of the St. Sebastian River     217
North Fork of the St. Lucie River     220
Loxahatchee River     223
The Southwest Gulf Coast     226
Weeki Wachee River     226
Hillsborough River     231
Alafia River     236
Little Manatee River     242
Manatee River     245
Myakka River     347
J. N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge (Commodore Creek Canoe Trail)     252
Estero River     253
The Everglades     258
Blackwater River at Collier-Seminole State Park     258
Everglades National Park and the Wilderness Waterway     262
Halfway Creek Canoe Trail     265
Turner River Canoe Trail     267
Nine-Mile Pond Canoe Trail     271
Noble Hammock Canoe Trail     273
Mud Lake Loop Trail     275
Appendixes     278
Outfitters     278
Paddling Clubs     283
Safety Code of American Whitewater     285
Glossary     295
About the Authors      299
Index     300
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