Canoeing Books & Resources

Like a sprawling lake with narrows and bays that lead in every direction, our Books and Media list for the Advanced Paddler covers a lot of territory. We’ve got books on Advanced Skills, Canoe Traditions, Canoe Building & Paddle Making, Adventure, History & Biography, and Reflection. We’re also highlighting Guide Books to favorite canoe areas, plus interesting Magazines and DVDs.

Check out the other fine Books and Media for Beginners as well.

ADVANCED SKILLS:
Song of the Paddle: An Illustrated Guide to Wilderness Camping
Bill Mason (Paperback – Jan 2004)
Paddle Your Own Canoe
Gary McGuffin (Paperback – Feb 2003)
Canoeing Wild Rivers, 30th Anniversary Edition
Cliff Jacobson (Paperback – Mar 2015)
The Wilderness Paddler’s Handbook
Alan S. Kesselheim (Paperback – Jan 2001)
Beyond the Paddle: A Canoeist’s Guide to Expedition Skills: Poling, Lining, Portaging and Maneuvering Through the Ice
Garrett Conover (Paperback – Nov 1990)
Canoeing: A Woman’s Guide
Laurie Gullion (Paperback – April 1999)
Cradle to Canoe
Rolf and Debra Kraiker (Paperback – June 1999)
Basic Essentials Solo Canoeing
Cliff Jacobson (Paperback – Aug 1999)
The Complete Wilderness Paddler
James West Davidson (Paperback – Dec 1982)
CANOE TRADITIONS:
The Story of the Chestnut Canoe: 150 Years of Canadian Canoe Building
Kenneth Solway (Paperback – Dec 1982)
The Survival of the Bark Canoe
John McPhee (Paperback – May 1982)
Bark, Skin & Cedar: Exploring the Canoe in the Canadian Experience
James Raffan (Hardcover – April 2000)
Algonquin Apprentice: Discovering the History & Legend of the Birchbark Canoe
David Gidmark (Paperback – Aug 1995)
Canoe: A History of the Craft from Panama to the Arctic
Kenneth Roberts and Philip Shackleton (Hardcover – Oct 1983)
North American Canoe Country: The Classic Guide to Canoe Technique
Calvin Rutstrum (Paperback – April 2000)
The Old Town Canoe Company: Our First Hundred Years
Susan T. Audette and David E. Baker (Hardcover – Dec 1998)
From a Wooden Canoe: Reflections on Canoeing, Camping, and Classic Equipment
Jerry Dennis (Hardcover – Jan 1999)
The Canoe: A Living Tradition
John Jennings (Hardcover – Oct 2005)
The Canoe: An Illustrated History
Jim Poling Sr. (Hardcover – April 2001)
CANOE BUILDING & PADDLE MAKING:
Building a Birchbark Canoe: The Algonquin Wabanaki Tciman
David Gidmark and Denis Alsford (Paperback – March 2002)
The Wood and Canvas Canoe: A Complete Guide to Its History, Construction, Restoration, and Maintenance
Jerry Stelmok and Rollin Thurlow (Paperback – Dec 1987)
Canoe Paddles: A Complete Guide to Making Your Own
Graham Warren and David Gidmark (Paperback – March 2001)
The Art of the Canoe with Joe Seliga
Jerry Stelmok (Hardcover – Sept 2002)
Building a Strip Canoe
Gil Gilpatrick (Paperback – Oct 2002)
Building the Six-Hour Canoe: Designed by Mike O’Brien
Richard Butz (Paperback – March 2000)
Building Your Kevlar Canoe: A Foolproof Method and Three Foolproof Designs
James Moran (Paperback – May 1995)
Stripper’s Guide to Canoe-Building: With Drawings
David Hazen (Paperback – 1972)
Canoecraft: An Illustrated Guide to Fine Woodstrip Construction
Ted Moores (Paperback – Sept 2000)
The Canoe Shop: Three Elegant Wooden Canoes Anyone Can Build
Chris Kulczycki (Paperback – March 2001)
ADVENTURE:
Toward Magnetic North: The Oberholtzer-Magee 1912 Canoe Journey to Hudson Bay
Ernest Carl Oberholtzer (Hardcover – June 2002)
The Lonely Land
Sigurd F. Olson (Paperback – Aug 1997)
By Canoe
Kristin Law and Nigel Law (Paperback – Feb 2001)
Down the Mississippi With Stinky: 2 Women, a Canoe, and a Kitten
Dorie Brunner (Paperback – Jan 2001)
Lost in the Wild: Danger and Survival in the North Woods
Cary J. Griffith (Paperback – April 2007)
River Stories
Rob Kesselring (Paperback – Jan 2008)
Paddling South
Rick Ranson (Paperback – Oct 2007)
River Time: Racing the Ghosts of the Klondike Rush
John Firth (Paperback – March 2004)
The Lure of Faraway Places
Herb Pohl, Edited by James Raffan (Paperback – May 2007)
The Old Way North: Following the Oberholtzer-Magee Expedition David Pelly (Hardcover – 2008)
This Water Goes North Dennis Weidemann (Hardcover – Sep 2008)
HISTORY & BIOGRAPHY:
The Voyageur’s Highway: Minnesota’s Border Lake Land
Grace Lee Nute (Paperback – May 1976)
Saving Quetico-Superior: A Land Set Apart
R. Newell Searle (Paperback – Dec 1997)
Portage into the Past: By Canoe Along the Minnesota-Ontario Boundary Waters
J. Arnold Bolz (Paperback – March 1999)
A Wilderness Within: The Life of Sigurd F. Olson
David Backes (Paperback – Aug 1999)
Keeper of the Wild: The Life of Ernest Oberholtzer
Joe Paddock (Hardcover – Nov 2001)
Paddling Across the Peninsula: An Important Cross-Michigan Canoe Route During the French Regime
Timothy J. Kent (Paperback – Jan 2003)
The Falcon
John Tanner (Paperback – May 2003)
Reading Rock Art: Interpreting the Indian Rock Paintings of the Canadian Shield
Margaret Grace Rajnovich (Paperback – June 1995)
Fire in the Bones: Bill Mason and the Canadian Canoeing Tradition
James Raffan (Paperback – March 1997)
Measuring Mother Earth: How Joe the Kid Became Tyrell of the North
Heather Robertson (Hardcover – Oct 2007)Read the Canoeing.com Review
Emperor of the North: Sir George Simpson and the Remarkable Story of the Hudson’s Bay Company
James Raffan (Hardcover – Sep 2007)
Read the Canoeing.com Review
Superior-Rendezvous Place: Fort William in the Canadian Fur Trade
Jean Morrison (Paperback – June 2007)
Read the Canoeing.com Review
The Northern Horizons of Guy Blanchet: Intrepid Surveyor (1884 – 1966)
Gwyneth Hoyl (Paperback – Oct 2007)
All Things Are Possible, The Verlen Kruger Story: 10,000 Miles by Paddle
Phil Peterson Sr. (Hardcover – June 2006)
REFLECTION:
Listening Point
Sigurd F. Olson (Paperback – Aug 1997)
Boundary Waters: The Grace of the Wild
Paul Gruchow (Paperback – Dec 1999)
The Meaning of Wilderness: Essential Articles and Speeches Sigurd F. Olson
David Backes (Hardcover – June 2001)
Reflections from the North Country
Sigurd F. Olson (Paperback – Sept 1998)
Runes of the North
Sigurd F. Olson (Paperback – Aug 1997)
Stories from the Bow Seat: The Wisdom & Waggery of Canoe Tripping
Liz Lundell (Paperback – Nov 1999)
Beyond Time:
Poems from North of the Tension Line

Larry Christianson (Paperback – Aug 2008)
GUIDE BOOKS:
Paddling Minnesota
Greg Breining (Paperback – May 1999)
A Paddler’s Guide to Ontario
Kevin Callan (Paperback – March 2003)
Canoeing Michigan’s Rivers
Jack Dennis and Craig Date (Paperback – April 2005)
Paddling Southern Wisconsin
Mike Svob (Paperback – Oct 2006)
Paddling Northern Wisconsin
Mike Svob (Paperback – Feb 2007)
Boundary Waters Canoe Area: The Eastern Region
Robert Beymer (Paperback – Nov 2000)
Boundary Waters Canoe Area: The Western Region
Robert Beymer (Paperback – Oct 2000)
A Paddler’s Guide to Quetico and Beyond
Kevin Callan (Paperback – April 2007)
Canoeing and Kayaking Florida
Johnny Molloy, Elizabeth F. Carter, John Pearce, Lou Glaros,
and Doug Sphar (Paperback – Nov 2007)
Canoeing and Kayaking Utah
Michael R. Fine (Paperback – Nov 2007)
Northern Saskatchewan Canoe Trips: A Guide to Fifteen Wilderness Rivers
Laurel Archer (Paperback – Feb 2003)
Northern Saskatchewan Canoe Country
Robin and Arlene Karpan (Hardcover – Jun 2008)
A Guide to Paddling in the Yukon Ken Madsen and Peter Mather
(Paperback – Nov 2007)
Weekend Canoeing in Michigan The Rivers, The Towns, The Taverns Doc Fletcher (Paperback – Jun 2008)
MAGAZINES:
Boundary Waters Journal
Canoe & Kayak
DVDS:
Advanced Classic Solo Canoeing
With Becky Mason
 
Building the Wood Strip Cedar Canoe “Companion”
Studio: Sandy Point Boat Works LLC
Chased by the Light
A Photographic Journey with Jim Brandenburg
Studio: Aurora Pictures
Into the Great Solitude
Studio: Nature Bats Last
Waters Of The Wilderness – The Sights and Sounds of Canoe Country
Studio: Vantage Point Productions LLC
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