Summer 2009

Wisconsin's Water Library

Kayaking Reading List

Dreaming about summer vacation? If you’re ready for beautiful scenery, nice weather, and some exercise while discovering hidden treasures of the Great Lakes, try sea kayaking! To learn how to kayak, find good places to go, and read stories from kayakers who have been there, check out Wisconsin’s Water Library resources. Wisconsin residents can request a book for free on the library Web site,

Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lake Superior and Lake Michigan By Bill Newman, Sarah Ohmann, and Don Dimond. Guilford, Connecticut: The Globe Pequot Press, 1999.

Written by three expert kayakers, this guide gives full descriptions of 49 trips. Mile-by-mile descriptions and detailed maps help kayakers to paddle safely and confidently on these two Great Lakes.

Wild Shore: Exploring Lake Superior by Kayak By Greg Breining. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2000.

Experienced kayaker Greg Breining’s adventure of paddling more than one thousand miles around Lake Superior offers an insider’s look at camping on pristine islands and shorelines, visiting places of rare beauty and solitude, and exploring remote historic sites and isolated communities.

Northwoods Whitewater: A Paddler’s Guide to Whitewater of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Ontario and Michigan By Jim Rada. Excelsior, Minnesota: Sangfroid Press, 2006.

The result of decades of first-hand research, this book is for those hoping to experience the best whitewater in the northwoods. It features technical yet spirited descriptions of every significant run in the area, plus colorful tales of the author’s journeys. A detailed rating system assists kayakers and canoers in choosing the best spot based on their level of experience.

How’s the Water?: Planning for Recreational Use on Wisconsin Lakes and Rivers Edited by Tamara Dudiak and Robert Korth. UW Extension and UW-Stevens Point, 2002.

Statistics, history, and descriptions of different water sports and leisure activities of Wisconsinites, compiled by UW-Stevens Point and UW Extension.

Water-Based Tourism, Sport, Leisure, and Recreation Experiences Edited by Gayle Jennings. Oxford: Elsevier, Inc., 2007.

This volume was compiled for professionals, academics, and students who seek to resolve pressing problems and opportunities of coastal tourism management, coastal zone management, fishery management, and marine protected area management in the context of sustainable development.

Please visit the Water Library at for more information. Anyone in Wisconsin can borrow these books. Just email .

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