Canoeing and Kayaking Florida (Google eBook)

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Menasha Ridge Press, Jan 1, 2011 - Sports & Recreation - 313 pages
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Completely updated, Canoeing & Kayaking Florida, 2nd is the most comprehensive guide to the best of FloridaOCOs 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. ItOCOs only natural that native Floridians and transplants alike paddle and ply the waterways of this waterway-rich state. Of course, FloridaOCOs 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 stateOCOs 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 paddlingOCOs 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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Contents

Introduction
1
Florida Rivers and Creeks
10
PART ONE THE WESTERN PANHANDLE
16
Styx River
19
Perdido River
22
Coldwater Creek
27
Sweetwater Creek and Juniper Creek
30
Streams of the Eglin Air Force Base Reservation
33
Juniper Springs and Juniper Creek
176
Salt Springs and Salt Springs Run
178
PART SIX THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS
180
Blackwater Creek and Lake Norris
185
Econlockhatchee River
188
Arbuckle Creek
191
Peace River
195
Fisheating Creek
200

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
PART TWO THE CENTRAL PANHANDLE
80
Sopchoppy River
90
Little River
94
Graham Creek and East River
96
New River
98
Lost Creek
101
PART THREE THE BIG BEND
104
St Marks River
107
Wacissa River
109
Aucilla River
112
Econfina River of Taylor County
115
Steinhatchee River
117
PART FOUR THE NORTHERN PENINSULA
120
Suwannee River
124
Santa Fe River
137
Ichetucknee River
143
Middle Prong St Marys River
144
St Marys River
147
Black Creek
154
PART FIVE THE CENTRAL PENINSULA
158
Rainbow River
165
Silver River
167
Ocklawaha River
168
Alexander Springs and Alexander Springs Creek
172
PART SEVEN THE ATLANTIC COAST
204
Bullow 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
PART EIGHT THE SOUTHWEST GULF COAST
226
Hillsborough River
231
Alafia River
236
Little Manatee River
242
Manatee River
245
Myakka River
247
JN Ding Darling National Wildlife Refuge Commodore Creek Canoe Trail
252
Estero River
253
PART NINE THE EVERGLADES
258
Everglades National Park and the Wilderness Waterway
262
Halfway Creek Canoe Trail
265
Turner River Canoe Trail
267
NineMile Pond Canoe Trail
271
Noble Hammock Canoe Trail
273
Mud Lake Loop Trail
275
PART TEN APPENDIXES
278
Paddling Clubs
283
Safety Code of American Whitewater
285
Glossary
295
About the Authors
299
Index
300
About American Canoe Association
304
Copyright

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About the author (2011)

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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