California Recreational Lakes and Rivers
April 2000, Foghorn Press, Award Winner
This book was written with the intent that it will quickly become your
bible for boating and water sports across California.
We have detailed every lake, river, bay, and coastal port-more than 400
listings-and the water sports popular at each, as well as precise
directions to the state's 534 boat ramps. This includes 132 lakes for
waterskiing, 282 lakes for swimming, 196 lakes and coastal areas for
windsurfing, and 126 areas for Jet Skiing. There are also 190 lakes for
cartop boating, many of which are perfect for a family with a canoe or
raft. In addition, all of California's 45 premium rafting rivers are
listed, including the rafting companies that run guided trips on 25 of
"California Recreational Lakes and Rivers" is the most accurate, up-to-date
resource guide of its kind. Each body of water is rated on a scale of 1
to 10, and activity icons show-at a glance-which activities can be
enjoyed at every locale. Boating rules, speed limits, and safety zones
are also described to make your trip as safe and fun as possible, and to
help you select the best destination for your adventure. As an added
bonus, we secured permission to reprint the "ABCs of the California
Boating Law," a must-read for every boat owner in the state.
First Place, Best Book, Outdoor Writers Association of California
Best Book, California Department of Boating & Waterways
Outdoor Writer of the Year, Outdoor Writer's Assn. of Calif.
Author's Notes: Beyond the scope of lakes, rivers, streams, bays, and
coastal areas in California, I discovered a more important lesson in
writing this book: For anybody who desires adventure, excitement, fun,
and a chance at true freedom, the fastest way to get it is with a boat.
In a boat, there is nothing but open space, often for miles . . . no
stoplights, no traffic jams . . . and in the outdoors, I have learned
firsthand that heading out in a boat is the fastest and easiest way to
put a giant smile on your face. See you out there!