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Alaska River Guide: Canoeing, Kayaking, and Rafting in the Last Frontier (Canoeing & Kayaking Guides - Menasha) Paperback – June 28, 2008
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This book, by Karen Jettmar, will help to preserve Alaska’s precious natural heritage.”
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I bought this book because I wanted to expand my knowledge of Alaska's river systems. I live in Alaska, and enjoy exploring new waters; I try to get in at least one major trip each year. This book offers a brief survey of over 100 rivers, with an effort to cover systems in each of the major regions of Alaska.
Most of the river descriptions are 2 to 3 pages; the information usually contains a map showing the most common put-in and take-out spots, then a brief description of the overall character of the stream with some of its standout features. A few paragraphs of historical notes are often added. Following the description of the river is a section of useful data: appropriate USGS topo maps; the best seasons for floating; specific safety issues; prominent fish and wildlife likely to be seen; and a list of the government land management agencies who oversee the river and adjacent territory.
The book also contains some nice sections at the beginning on trip planning, with sections on appropriate gear for a river trip, trip safety, and ethical camping practices.
The structure of the book means it probably shouldn't be looked at as a detailed trip planner for any specific river system in Alaska; instead, the book represents more of an encyclopedic listing of float trips, with some background advice common to all river trips. It's a nice book to have when you're facing a question like: "I want to do a trip, but which river should I choose?" It's also a nice book to keep by your favorite chair, to browse through and to dream about the dozens of quality excursions in Alaska.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was great help to my Alaska trip planning. I really learned a lot helping me choose where to goPublished on March 28, 2013 by Bjorn Alstad
This river guide has been charged with stealing artifacts (tusks) from one of her guided trips in our glorious state. Read morePublished on December 26, 2011 by ckone
Not many books are written on this subject, so it was more information than what I could find elsewhere. Read morePublished on June 5, 2010 by Shari Goldman
In addition to all of the more than 90 rivers and runs from the previous edition, the 3rd edition of the Alaska River Guide includes new detailed descriptions of the runs of the... Read morePublished on January 18, 2009 by Karen Jettmar
I purchased this book solely for information on a couple of rivers I am considering canoeing in the ANWR. This book has a meager (to put it nicely) section on this part of Alaska. Read morePublished on July 12, 2008 by J. Meyer