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.

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)
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)
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)
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)
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 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 Review
Superior-Rendezvous Place: Fort William in the Canadian Fur Trade
Jean Morrison (Paperback – June 2007)
Read the 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)
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)
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)
Boundary Waters Journal
Canoe & Kayak
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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