From the Back Cover
Quiet water is something special - it offers adventure and enjoyment for paddlers of all ages and levels of ability. Distinctly different from the rush of whitewater canoeing, quiet-water paddling is more reflective, offering family and friends the chance to share a nature walk on water - to see wildlife close up, enjoy the turn of the seasons, take in peaceful surroundings, and investigate the riches of life in and around freshwater lakes and ponds. In this title you will find complete how-to and where-to information for 78 quiet water destinations with detailed descriptions of each lake and pond, with maps, photographs, paddling routes, and a summary of the natural world in and around the water. Information includes: permits needed for restricted lakes, fishing and seasonal highlights; complete driving, parking and canoe put-in directions; local picnicking, camping, and lodging; safety and equipment tips; illustrated in-depth nature essays on selected Maine wildlife. Alex Wilson has spent four years investigating New England's quiet waters for the Appalachian Mountain Club.