Canoeing The Driftless

A Paddlers Guide for Southeastern Minnesota

by David J. Lind



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 11/02/2004

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.25x11
Page Count : 148
ISBN : 9781414042046

About the Book

Southeastern Minnesota is a paddler’s dream. Throughout the forested bluff land terrain, called the “Driftless Area”, there are both easy paddling routes as well as challenging, more difficult streams all offering beautifull scenic views and a variety of wildlife.

Canoeing The Driftless contains maps and descriptions for over 50 routes covering 600 miles to help you plan your paddling trip. Information such as route length, difficulty, hazards, as well as points of interest, the best put-in and take-out accesses and shuttle routes are included to help in choosing a trip to fit your needs.

Also included are “River Scenes” which have interesting information on history along the routes as well as some personal, sometimes humorous accounts of trips on the rivers.

Canoeing The Driftless is written for all levels of paddlers, from the beginner to the most experienced paddler. For the beginner to intermediate paddler there are the main routes on the Cannon, Zumbro, and Root rivers, for the more experienced paddlers the routes on the Bear, Deer, Whitewater, and smaller branches of the Root River and Zumbro River provide more challenging runs.  

About the Author

The author, Dave Lind, has canoed and kayaked for over 50 years, beginning with Boy Scout canoe-camping trips on the Mississippi River and the Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Dave has paddled extensively in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Northeastern Iowa, on both whitewater and flatwater routes. He has found that the streams of southeastern Minnesota, located in the “Driftless Area”, are a paddlers paradise with scenic easy paddling routes, as well as challenging small stream routes that are not adequately covered in existing paddling books. Over the last ten years he has canoed every route in this book taking extensive notes on each river trip.