A Canoeing & Kayaking Guide to Florida by Johnny Molloy, Elizabeth F. Carter, John Pearce, Lou Glaros |, NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Canoeing and Kayaking Florida

Canoeing and Kayaking Florida

by Johnny Molloy, Elizabeth F. Carter, John Pearce, Lou Glaros
     
 

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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,

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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, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780897327671
Publisher:
Menasha Ridge Press
Publication date:
01/15/2011
Series:
Canoe and Kayak Series
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
312
File size:
25 MB
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Read an Excerpt

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.

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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