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"A thorough, comprehensive guide to canoeing and kayaking in Florida. . . . It is a necessary as well as an entertaining guidebook for every paddler’s library."--Brad Manley, Paddle Florida

"Do you yearn for a glimpse of Florida as it was a century ago? This book shows you how to move silently down the Sunshine State’s many rivers and creeks and coastal flats, all the while enjoying scenery and wildlife of all kinds. The best paddles from Pensacola to Key West are described in detail, along with specialized instructions."--Richard W. Bowles, Florida Sportsman

Paddler’s Guide to the Sunshine State is the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of information on paddling in Florida—bound so that it lies open at each page for easy reference or photocopying--and is fully indexed. Whether you’re a first-time paddler or a whitewater veteran, whether you're looking for an easy going two-hour tour with your family or a week-long solo adventure, this book lists the most delightful destinations to explore in a state famous for its scenic waterways.
From the vast flats of the Florida Keys to the rivers and springs of the Florida Panhandle, Paddler's Guide to the Sunshine State gives directions to 91 Florida waterways, separated into 271 individual canoeing and kayaking excursions. For each of the 91 destinations, veteran paddler and outdoor writer Sandy Huff

· tells her readers where to rent or buy canoes and kayaks

· evaluates the difficulty of each trail

· supplies emergency phone numbers and a customized map showing launch and take-out sites, average length, and paddling time for each leg

· and presents a candid discussion of the waterway

  In introductory chapters, she offers safety tips on camping basics, dressing for comfort, coping with insects, sunburn, and power boats, and reading the weather and water currents. She describes Florida flora and fauna that paddlers might encounter--birds, alligators, manatees, snakes, plants, and trees—and lists paddling clubs around the state as well as Internet web addresses for additional paddling information.

Sandy Huff’s down-home, anecdotal writing style has appeared in more than 800 magazines and newspapers, including Canoe and Kayak Magazine and The Saturday Evening Post.  A Florida native and resident of Safety Harbor, she has traveled the length and breadth of the state, paddling every major waterway and numerous side streams, and has 25 years of experience as a canoe instructor.  This book is a compilation of Huff’s all-time favorite trips, and it includes contributions by six guest writers, all expert paddlers.

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Editorial Reviews

Brad Manley
A thorough, comprehensive guide to canoeing and kayaking in Florida. . . . It is a necessary as well as an entertaining guidebook for every paddler's library.
Paddle Florida
Richard W. Bowles
Do you yearn for a glimpse of Florida as it was a century ago? This book shows you how to move silently down the Sunshine State's many rivers and creeks and coastal flats, all the while enjoying scenery and wildlife of all kinds. The best paddles from Pensacola to Key West are described in detail, along with specialized instructions.
Florida Sportsman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813022826
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,520,302
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xv
How to Use This Book xvii
Part 1. Tips for Paddling in Florida
1. Getting Started 1
What's Your Canoe IQ? 2
Personal Gear and Clothing for Florida Paddling 5
2. Packing Your Boat 14
Essentials 14
Packing Gear 15
3. Staying Healthy 17
Muscle Soreness 17
Sunburn 18
Heat Exhaustion and Sunstroke 18
Hypothermia 19
Rashes 21
Bites and Stings 21
4. Staying Safe 22
Capsizing 22
Storms 22
Navigation 23
Avoiding Other Boats 24
5. Camping the Florida Way 26
Basic Florida Camping 26
The Lazy Woman's Guide to Camping 29
6. Food and Cooking 34
Camp Cooking 34
The Lazy Woman's Guide to Camp Cooking 36
7. Group Activities, Games, and Sharks' Teeth 40
Practical Jokes 41
Collecting 42
Campfire Stories and Entertainment 42
Fossils and Sharks' Teeth 42
Part 2. Common Florida Animals, Birds, and Plants
8. Biters and Stingers 45
Insect Repellents That Work 45
Bug Suits 46
Insects 47
Other Stingers 49
9. Raiders 50
Deer 51
Wild Pigs 51
Raccoons 52
Squirrels 53
10. Scales, Fangs, and Shells 54
Alligators 54
Snakes 59
Turtles 63
11. Birds 66
Anhingas and Cormorants 66
Eagles 67
Great Blue Herons 68
Great Egrets 68
Owls 68
Green-Backed Herons 69
Ibis 69
Limpkins 69
Ducks 70
Ospreys 70
Pelicans 70
Roseate Spoonbills 71
Terns 72
Snowy Egrets 72
12. Florida's Real Mermaids 73
Manatees 73
Dolphins 75
13. Plants along the Waterway 77
14. Fishing from Your Boat 79
Part 3. Where-to-Paddle Destinations
Area 1. The Panhandle 83
Destination 1. Chipola River 84
Destination 2. Coldwater Creek 89
Destination 3. Econfina Creek 93
Destination 4. Escambia River 97
Destination 5. Holmes Creek 100
Destination 6. Perdido River 103
Destination 7. Shoal River 107
Destination 8. St. Joe Bay 111
Destination 9. Sweetwater and Juniper Creeks 116
Destination 10. Wakulla River 120
Destination 11. Yellow River 123
Area 2. Northeast Florida 127
Destination 12. Alexander Springs 128
Destination 13. Ashby Lake and Cassadaga Town 132
Destination 14. Aucilla River 135
Destination 15. Bulow Creek 139
Destination 16. Cross Creek 142
Destination 17. DeLeon Springs 146
Destination 18. Drayton Island 149
Destination 19. Guana River 153
Destination 20. Historic Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail 157
Destination 21. Homosassa River 161
Destination 22. Juniper Springs 165
Destination 23. Lake Panasoffkee 169
Destination 24. Ochlockonee River (Upper) 172
Destination 25. Ocklawaha River (Lower) 176
Destination 26. Ocklawaha River (Upper) 180
Destination 27. Pellicer Creek 183
Destination 28. Rainbow River 186
Destination 29. Salt Springs Run 190
Destination 30. Santa Fe and Ichetucknee Rivers 194
Destination 31. Shingle Creek and the Suwannee Delta 200
Destination 32. Silver River 204
Destination 33. Sopchoppy River 207
Destination 34. Spruce Creek 210
Destination 35. Steinhatchee River 214
Destination 36. St. Marys River 218
Destination 37. Suwannee River 223
Destination 38. Tomoka River 229
Destination 39. Wacissa River 232
Destination 40. Withlacoochee River (North) 235
Area 3. Central Florida 241
Destination 41. Alafia River 242
Destination 42. Anclote River 246
Destination 43. Arbuckle Creek 249
Destination 44. Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands 253
Destination 45. Canaveral National Seashore 257
Destination 46. Chassahowitzka River 263
Destination 47. Cockroach Bay 266
Destination 48. Crystal River 269
Destination 49. Double Branch Creek 272
Destination 50. Econlockhatchee River 275
Destination 51. Fort DeSoto Park 279
Destination 52. Hillsborough River 284
Destination 53. Hontoon Island 290
Destination 54. Little Manatee River 292
Destination 55. Merritt Island 296
Destination 56. Mount Dora 300
Destination 57. Pithlachascotee River 304
Destination 58. Reedy Creek 308
Destination 59. Sebastian Creek 311
Destination 60. Terra Ceia Bay 314
Destination 61. Turkey Creek Sanctuary 316
Destination 62. Turnbull Creek 319
Destination 63. Ulumay Wildlife Refuge 323
Destination 64. Walk-in-the-Water to Kissimmee 326
Destination 65. Weedon Island 329
Destination 66. Weeki Wachee River 333
Destination 67. Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run 337
Destination 68. Winter Haven Chain of Lakes 342
Destination 69. Winter Park Chain of Lakes 345
Destination 70. Withlacoochee River (South) 349
Area 4. The Lake Okeechobee Area 355
Destination 71. Braden River 356
Destination 72. Estero River 359
Destination 73. Hickey Creek 364
Destination 74. Lake Okeechobee 367
Destination 75. Little Sarasota Bay 372
Destination 76. Loxahatchee River 376
Destination 77. Loxahatchee Slough 382
Destination 78. Manatee River (Upper) 386
Destination 79. Matlacha Island 389
Destination 80. Myakka River 393
Destination 81. Naples Nature Center 396
Destination 82. Orange River 399
Destination 83. Peace River 403
Area 5. South Florida and the Keys 409
Destination 84. Big Pine Key and the Back Country 410
Destination 85. Blackwater and Royal Palm Hammock Creeks 414
Destination 86. Blackwater Sound 417
Destination 87. Dania Wetlands 419
Destination 88. Marco Island 421
Destination 89. Rookery Bay 424
Destination 90. West Lake 426
Destination 91. Wilderness Waterway 429
Conclusion 435
Appendix 1 Paddling Clubs 437
Appendix 2 Suggested Reading 443
Appendix 3 Glossary 445
Appendix 4 Florida State Parks with Canoe Rentals 447
Appendix 5 Florida's Official State Canoe Trails 449
Guest Authors 451
Contributors 453
Index 457
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