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Field Guide to Oregon Rivers

Field Guide to Oregon Rivers

by Tim Palmer


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Field Guide to Oregon Rivers is an unprecedented reference that profiles Oregon's waterways and offers travelers, outdoor enthusiasts, and resource professionals an interpretive approach to the state's network of streams. Author Tim Palmer begins with the rivers' natural history-geology, climate, hydrology, plants, animals, and ecology. Then he profiles 120 rivers with notes about nature and fish, prospects for conservation, and essential tips about where to see each river, to hike along the shores, to fish, and to explore by canoe, kayak, and raft. Fifty illustration identify riparian plants and animals, and 150 photographs showcase a magnificent rivers estate. This volume is an essential outdoor companion for Oregonians and visitors alike.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780870716270
Publisher: Oregon State University Press
Publication date: 10/01/2014
Edition description: 1
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,128,286
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

TIM PALMER has been exploring, researching, photographing, and writing about the rivers of Oregon and America for forty years. His twenty-two books include Rivers of America, Field Guide to California Rivers, and Oregon: Preserving the Beauty and Spirit of the Land. He was named “one of the 10 greatest river conservationists of our time” by Paddler magazine, which also listed him as one of the “100 greatest paddlers of the past century.” For his writing and photography he was the first recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Rivers. Visit

Table of Contents

Introduction 10

Part 1 Lifelines of Oregon 15

1 Natural History of Oregon Rivers 17

2 Fifty Species of River and Riparian Plants and Animals 37

3 Problems, Protection, and Restoration 53

Part 2 River Portraits 70

4 Coastal Rivers 77

5 Umpqua 125

6 Rogue 138

7 Willamette 153

8 The Columbia and its Gorge 196

9 Deschutes 211

10 Klamath 227

11 John Day and Umatilla 240

12 Desert Streams 252

13 The Snake River and its Tributaries 259

Appendix 293

Long Dam-Free Reaches of Rivers 293

Long River Trips 294

Best River Running 295

Best Hiking Along Rivers 297

Best Bicycling Along Rivers 298

Best Fishing 298

Oregon's Finest Natural Rivers 299

National Wild and Scenic Rivers 300

State Scenic Waterways 302

Oregon Rivers Canoed or Rafted by the Author 303

Organizations Involved with River Conservation 305

Acknowledgments 306

Sources 308

About the Author and Photos 311

Index 313

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