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A Paddler's Guide to Everglades National Park (Florida Quincentennial Books) Paperback – April 14, 2015
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That said, of the several similar books I bought in preparation for our recent 5-day kayak trip, this is the only one I brought along in it's entirely (I photocopied sections of the other two: paddling the wildnerness wateway, and paddling southern florida - in retrospect it would have been handy to photocopy key sections of Molloy's book as well as bring the whole book - photocopies are handier for daily reference in a map case). He offers a plethora of "routes" which you can string together in any way you want - which we did in order to circumnavigate whitewater bay. He has a separate section devote to each "chickee" alphabetically - I found having these as a separate section helpful in organizing my own itinerary vs taking one "canned". If you want to paddle for several or more days in the Everglades elsewhere than the "wilderness waterway", this is your book. Molloy has really explored the odd corners.
This new edition is also the most recent of the books and that helps. For example, the aforementioned Oyster Bay Chickee shows on charts in the wrong location - it was recently rebuilt by the park service in a nearby but different enough spot - and Molloy's book was the only one recent enough to mention it.
Earns 5 stars, despite the imperfections.
Update -- the maps are in fact numbered, however the numbers are on the very inner portion of the page, at the top. My mistake for not seeing these but they are easy to miss!
I was disappointed to be advised by people we met along the paddle that the "Nightmare Route" would not be passable after the most recent hurricanes of 2005 because of fallen trees and the fact that the ranger service does not maintain the route. After reading this guide, which was published in 2000, I had been totally sold on the idea of paddling the "Quintessential Everglades Route." I don't know if it is actually not passable, but we decided not to take the chance. Anyone interested should pursue more updated information. The North Harney River Route, however, was passable and satisfied some of that desire to paddle the route less taken.
If you don't know what no-see-ums are, investigate protecting yourself from them before you go. Yikes!
We've managed to follow some of the trails and other we've probably criss-crossed while making our own. While we still have some work to do on our navigation skills, we have never had a bad trip. We have been thankful for this guide which not only helped prepare us for the trip, but also served as encouragement for us to get out there and explore.