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Paddler's guide to great floats.

One of the nice things about canoes is that they'll let you float almost any stream at least some of the time. Still, certain rivers around the country have gained reputations as destination floats--places doted on by paddlers. Here's a regional sampling. NORTHWEST

One of Oregon's better rivers is the Willamette, particularly the 100-mile stretch from Armitage State Park to Portland. Many of the state's other rivers are difficult to run due to rapids. In Idafro, the Middle Fork of the Salmon and the North and Middle forks of the Clearwater and the Teton, though known for their whitewater, have sections suitable for canoeing in late summer. In Montana, try the entire Jefferson River, the lower Madison .from Bear Trap Canyon to the town of Three Forks, and tire main Flathead.


Arizona is whitewater country, but the Colorado River below Parker Dam is canoeable for about 100 miles. In California the Eel, Russian, Trinity and American rivers are popular. Colorado, New Mexico, and Nevada have lots of whitewater but limited opportunities for standard canoeing trips. Texas has good canoeing on the Guadalupe north of San Antonio, parts of the Rio Grande, and on the upper Brazos southwest of Fort Worth.


This region is rich in floatable rivers. Even "fiat" states like Iowa (try the Lipper Iowa and tire Raccoon), Kansas (Hie Neosho and the Verdigris), and Nebraska (the Republican and the Calamus) have dozens of rivers in addition to those listed here. In ,Missouri, try the Current anti the Jack's Fork. "Minnesota teems with lakes and connecting rivers, particularly in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Indiana Juts the Wabash, Michigan in the Au Sable, known for both its canoeing and its trout fishing. In Wisconsin, try the Turtle from Cedar Lake to Flambeau Flowage, about 25 miles. In Ohio, try the Muskingum and Little Miami, which flows through the scenic Spring Valley Wildlife Area.


Although most New Hampshire and Vermont rivers are suitable for experts only, the Connecticut and Merrimack in New Hampshire offer fine canoeing. In Vermnony, try Otter Creek in the Lake Champlain watershed. New York has the Delaware, Genegantslet, and Indian, Pennsylvania the Susquehanna and Allegheny.

In New Jersey, the upper portion of the Delaware has several long stretches, and a couple of placid streams, including the Mullica River, will take you through the unique Pine Barrens in the southern part of the state. The Connecticut River in Connecticut is good for beginners, as is the Farmington. Maine offers the St. Croft and the Moose, among dozens of others.


Kentucky offers the Red River Gorge and the Green and Cumberland rivers. Alabama's best include the Black Warrior and the Chattahoochee. North Carolina has plenty of whitewater, but for gentler canoeing try the Catawba River chain. In South Carolina, visit the Congaree and the Chattooga.

Arkansas and the Ozarks offer some of the top canoe waters in tire U.S. The Buffalo is probably tire best. In Virginia, try tire North and South Forks of tire Shenandoah, tire James, and tire Rappahannock. Like oilier Deep South states, canoe routes in Georgia wind through wetland areas, notably the Okefenokee Swamp, pitts the Savannah River below Atugusta. Louisiana Offers tiles of wetlands in the Atchafalaya Basin. Ditto Florida's Everglades.
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Title Annotation:Recreation; locations of canoeable rivers in the US
Publication:American Forests
Date:May 1, 1992
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