"Here's the definitive field guide on the Golden State's rivers... Whether you fish, kayak, or just enjoy exploring on foot the banks of these waterways, this is a book you will want to have at your fingertips."--Salinas Californian "It belongs in every river lover's book collection, boat, and backpack... Anyone exploring California rivers will want this book!"--Birdbooker Report "An excellent little guide, this is one book you won't want to leave home without if you plan on river rafting, hiking, or a fishing trip."--Bookloons.com "One of an extensive series of compact, lushly photographed and illustrated guides put out by the UC Press on the naturalist's paradise that is California."--Sf / Sacramento Book Rev / 1776 Prod
Award-winning author, naturalist, and conservationist Tim Palmer presents the world of California rivers in this practical and inspiring field guide. Loaded with tips on where to hike, fish, canoe, kayak, and raft, it offers an interpretive approach that reveals geology, plant and wild life, hydrologic processes, and other natural phenomena. Palmer reports on conservation with a perspective from decades of personal engagement. More than 150 streams are featured, 50 riparian species are illustrated, and 180 photos show the essence of California’s rivers. Palmer brings a natural history guide, a recreation guide, and an introduction to river ecology together in one illuminating volume; it belongs in every river lover’s book collection, boat, and backpack.