Timber Wolf, Lake Superior, Ontario

A lone timber wolf greets
paddlers along the north shore
of Lake Superior, Canada
(Photo by Michael Neiger)



It was
kind of solemn,
drifting down
the big, still river,
laying on our backs,
looking up at stars,
and we didn't
even feel like
talking aloud."
  --Mark Twain
  Adventures of
    Huckleberry Finn
, 1884



The Rucksack Masthead
By Michael A. Neiger (aka: LandNavMan), Marquette, Michigan
Wilderness tripper: backpacking, winter camping, swift-water canoeing
Web site URL: http://therucksack.tripod.com • E-mail: mneiger@hotmail.com
Contents copyright © 1984-2007 by Michael A. Neiger • All rights reserved.



"Men [women] may dam it
and say that
they have made a lake,
but it will still be a river.
It will bide its time,
like a caged animal
alert for the slightest opening.
In time,
it will have its way;
the dam,
like the ancient cliffs,
will be carried away
piecemeal in the currents."
--Wendell Berry


By Michael A. Neiger
Copyright 2001

Last updated on March 14, 2007

Contents of page

    Canoe & kayak
          Safety & rescue
      Equipment vendors

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** Recommended


Adventure Network
   Select "paddling"

GORP--Adventure Travel

   Select "activities"

Managing Foul Weather


AMC Whitewater Handbook of Canoe and Kayak, by John Urban (Appalachian Mountain Clubs, 1976)

American Canoe Association's Knots for Paddlers (Nuts 'N' Bolts Guide), by Charlie Walbridge (Menasha Ridge Press, 1995)

Basic Essentials of Canoe Poling, by Harry Rock (ICS Books, Inc., 1992)

Basic Essentials of Solo Canoeing, by Cliff Jacobson (IDS Books, Inc., 1988)

**Basic River Canoeing--Complete Instructional Guide to Whitewater Canoeing, by Robert E. McNair, Matty L. McNair, and Paul A. Landry (American Camping Association, 1985)

Beginner's Guide to Canoeing, by Alan Byde

Beyond the Paddle--A Canoeists' Guide to Expedition Skills: Poling, Lining, Portaging, and Maneuvering Through Ice, by Garrett Conover (Tilbury House Publishers, 1991)

Big Wilderness Canoe Manual, by Bob Cary (David McKay, 1978)

Camping by Backpack and Canoe, by Theodore A. Cheney (Funk and Wagnalls, 1970)

Canoe and Whitewater, by C.E.S. Franks (University of Toronto Press, 1977)

Canoe Camper's Handbook, by Ray Bearse (Winchester Press, 1979)

Canoe Camping, by Carl W. Handel (Ronald Press Co., 1953)

Canoe Handbook--Techniques for Mastering the Sport of Canoeing, by Slim Ray (Stackpole Books, 1992)

Canoe Poling, by A. Beletz (A.C. Mckenzie, 1974)

Canoe Tripping with Children, by David Harrison and Judy Harrison (ICS Books, Inc., 1990)

Canoeing, by Carle W. Handel (Ronald Press, 1956)

Canoeing, by Gordon Grant (W.W. Norton and Co., 1997)

Canoeing, by Laurie Gullion (Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.)

Canoeing (American National Red Cross, 1985)

Canoeing (Boy Scouts of America, 1952)

Canoeing and Kayaking Instruction Manual, by the American Canoe Association (Menasha Ridge Press, 1987)

**Canoeing Wild Rivers--A Primer to North American Expedition Canoeing, by Cliff Jacobson (ICS Books, Inc., 1984)

Canoer's Bible, by Robert Mead (Doubleday, 1976)

Complete Book of Canoe Camping, by J. Wayne Fears (Winchester Press, 1981)

Complete Guide to Kayaking, by Raymond Bridge (Scribner, 1978)

Complete Wilderness Paddler, by James West Davidson and John Rugge (Vintage Books, 1983)

Digest Book of Canoes, Kayaks, and Rafts, by Charles Farmer (DBA Books, 1977)

Family Canoe Trip, by Carl Shepardson (ICS Books, Inc., 1985)

Introduction to Paddling--Canoeing Basics for Lakes and Rivers, by American Canoe Association (Menasha Ridge Press, 1996)

Kayaking--The New Whitewater Sport for Everybody, by Joy Evans and Robert Anderson (Greene, 1975)

Making Camp--The Complete Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers, Paddlers, and Skiers, by Steve Howe et al. (Mountaineers, 1997)

North American Canoe Country, by Calvin Rutstrum (McMillan Co., 1965)

Path of the Paddle--An Illustrated Guide to the Art of Canoeing, by Bill Mason (Key Porter Books, 1984)

Performance Kayaking, by Stephen B. U'ren (Stackpole Books, 1990

Pole, Paddle, and Portage--A Complete Guide to Canoeing, by Bill Riviere (Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1969)

River Camping--Touring by Canoe, Kayak, Raft, Dory, and Kayak, by Verne Huser (Dial, 1981)

River Running, by Verne Huser (Henry Running, 1975)

Solo Canoeing--A Guide to the Fundamentals, Equipment, and Techniques for Running Rivers Solo in an Open Canoe, by John H. Foshee (Stackpole Books, 1988)

Song of the Paddle--An Illustrated Guide to Wilderness Camping, by Bill Mason (NorthWord Press, Inc., 1988)

Spirit of Canoeing, by Harry Drabik (Nodin Press, 1981)

Sports Illustrated Canoeing, by David Harrison (Harper and Row, 1981)

White Water River Book, by Ron Watters (Pacific Search Press, 1982)

White Water Sport, by Peter D. Whitney (Ronald Press, 1960)

Wildwater--The Sierra Club Guide to Kayaking and Whitewater Boating, by Lito Tejad-Flores (Sierra, 1978)

Young Sportsman's Guide to Canoeing, by Raymond R. Camp (Thomas Nelson, 1962)




Basic Essentials of Sea Kayaking, by Mike Wyatt (ICS Books, Inc., 1990)

Complete Folding Kayaker, by Ralph Diaz (Ragged Mountain Press)

**Derek C. Hutchinson's Guide to Sea Kayaking, by Derek C. Hutchinson (Globe Pequot Press, 1985)

Essential Sea Kayaker--A Complete Course for the Open Water Paddler, by David Seidman (Ragged Mountain Press)

Sea Canoeing, 3rd edition, by Derek Hutchinson (A and C Black, 1988)

**Sea Kayaker--Deep Trouble, by Matt Broze and George Gronseth (Ragged Mountain Press, 1997)

Sea Kayaking--A Manual for Long-Distance Touring, by John Dowd (Douglas and McIntyre, 1988)

Whitewater and Sea Kayaking, by Kent Ford (Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.)


American Canoe Association's River Safety Anthology--Accounts of Rescue and Tragedy on North American Rivers, by Charlie Walbridge and Jody Tinsley (Menasha Ridge Press, 1996)

Canoeing Safety and Rescue--A Handbook of Safety and Rescue Procedures for Lake and River Canoeists, by Doug McKown (Rocky Mountain Books, 1992)

Drownproofing Techniques, by Reagh C. Wetmore (Greene, 1981)

Lifesaving (Boy Scouts of America, 1980)

Lifesaving--Rescue and Water Safety (American Red Cross)

**River Rescue, 2nd edition, by Les Bechdel and Slim Ray (Appalachian Mountain Club,1989)

Whitewater Rescue Manual--New Techniques for Canoeists, Kayakers, and Rafters, by Charlie Walbridge and Wayne A. Sundmacher, Sr. (Ragged Mountain Press, 1995)



Boundary Waters Journal

**Canoe & Kayak

Che-Mun (Ojibway for "canoe")
   The Journal of Canadian Wilderness Canoeing
   Box 548
   Toronto, Ontario
   Canada, M4A 2P1

   Canada's Canoeing & Kayaking Magazine

Nastagan (Anishinabi for "the way or route")
   Wilderness Canoe Association
   P.O. Box 48022
   Davisville Postal Outlet
   1881 Yonge St.
   Tronoto, Ontario
   Canada, M4S 3C6


Paddle and Portage Journal

Sea Kayaker


Canadian Recreational Canoe Association

Ontario Recreational Canoe Association
   1185 Eglinton Avenue E., Suite 104
   North York, Ontario M3C 3C6
   Phone: (416) 426-7170
   Fax: (416) 426-7363




**Boundary Waters Catalog

Cascade Outfitters

Chicagoland Canoe Base, Inc.

Colorado Kayak Supply (CKS)

Down River Equipment Co.

Four Corner Riversports

Great River Outfitters, Inc.

**Mohawk Canoes

Mountainman Outdoor Supply Company (03-14-07)

**Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC)

Northwest Outdoor Center

**Northwest River Supplies (NRS)

Outdoor Play Catalog

Pole and Paddle

S.I.R. Mail Order & Sports Store
   Cabela's-type Canadian Co.

Sierra South Mountain Sports

Wyoming River Raiders


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In God's wilderness lies the hope of the world,
the great, fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.
— John Muir 1838-1914, Alaska Wilderness, 1890

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