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Old 08-22-2021, 03:42 PM   #1
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ADK paddling books

Just getting back into paddling, starting with the Saranac Lakes area, but am looking for information about some of the more easterly streams. I have the ADK paddling books, but they're quite out of date (2003 and, especially, 1994). Are there newer ones available?
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Old 08-22-2021, 05:35 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with the ADK books, if you mean something published by ADK. The books I've used are: Adirondack Paddling: 60 great flatwater adventures, by Phil Brown (Lost Pond Press) --Quiet Water New York, John Hayes & Alex Wilson (AMC) -- and of course the Adirondack Paddler's Guide by Dave Cilley (Paddlesports Press, which is part of St Regis Canoe Outfitters). You will have noticed that I'm a flatwater paddler only. I'm sure there are tons of whitewater/river publications. I know AMC does some, and there's the NF Canoe Trail. [edit] All of the ones I mentioned are more recent than 2003.
I'll be interested to see what else people mention!
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Old 08-22-2021, 06:12 PM   #3
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Before any of the others became available and "popular", the definitive Adirondack paddling bible was: "Adirondack Canoe Waters : North Flow" by legendary paddler and instructor Paul F. Jamieson

I have an original green cover 1981 edition, which literally was my "bible" to learning to paddle Adirondack waters. I can't imagine that much has changed significantly in any of the padling route descriptions. The orginal is still available online with not nuch searching. There is a 1988 republished edition if you prefer.
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Old 08-23-2021, 07:04 AM   #4
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The latest edition of the Phil Brown book now has 65 trips.
Some short reviews of NYS guidebooks can be found here: https://northeastwild.blogspot.com/2...uidebooks.html
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Old 08-23-2021, 10:00 AM   #5
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Before any of the others became available and "popular", the definitive Adirondack paddling bible was: "Adirondack Canoe Waters : North Flow" by legendary paddler and instructor Paul F. Jamieson

I have an original green cover 1981 edition, which literally was my "bible" to learning to paddle Adirondack waters. I can't imagine that much has changed significantly in any of the padling route descriptions. The orginal is still available online with not nuch searching. There is a 1988 republished edition if you prefer.
The 1994 one to which I refer is a reprinted copy of the 1988 version. It's a great book, but many of the property ownership issues mentioned may be out of date.
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Old 08-23-2021, 01:21 PM   #6
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Wow, talk about a blast from the past...I bought the North Flow guidebook immediately after doing the long diagonal in 1976. I regret passing it along when I bought the 1998 edition.

As far as more current books, as mentioned upthread, there's only been a few land acquisitions and easements since 2003 that would affect access. Most of the lakes, rivers and streams have not moved much in the intervening years.
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