* Trips range from easy for novices with an open canoe or sea kayak to more difficult on streams or open water where paddling skills are required
* Information on canoes, kayaks, paddles, safety equipment, and more
Phillip Jones has been exploring the Northwest by canoe and kayak for more than 20 years, and presents his favorite outings in this guidebook to paddling the flat-water rivers and lakes of northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. Most of these trips can be done in a day, although some can be combined for longer journeys. For each trip, you'll find complete information on where to launch, trip rating, distance, best time to go, points of interest, hazards, portages, and more.
You'll find outings on the Willamette River and its tributaries, Oregon coastal rivers, the Columbia Gorge and the lower Columbia River, the Oregon Cascades, and southwest Washington. There are also tips on canoe and kayak paddling techniques, safety techniques, what to do if you capsize, transporting boats, and shuttling cars.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is a must for flat-water paddlers. We purchased our kayaks last summer (2011) and immediately began looking for local waterways to paddle. I checked out every paddling book our library system had and this was by far the most current and applicable for flat water, so I bought a copy. Before every trip I photocopy the pages that apply and take them along in a zip-lock bag to refer to throughout the paddle. The maps are detailed enough so that there are no surprises while paddling, but simply drawn without a lot of clutter. Just be sure you are purchasing the most current printing, as conditions do change with time.