The Complete Paddler
A Guidebook for Paddling the Missouri River from the Headwaters to St. Louis, Missouri

by David L. Miller

  • This comprehensive guide to paddling the Missouri River is invaluable to paddlers of all skill levels. Kayaker and map-maker David Miller spent three summers paddling the mighty Missouri from the headwaters in Montana to St. Louis and, from the seat of his sea kayak, mapped the entire route with the use of his GPS system. An experienced paddler, Miller offers up vital information for anyone seeking to float even the shortest stretch of the Missouri?s storied waters. This guidebook offers excellent information on every stretch of the river, including river hazards, campgrounds, potable water, and attractions, as well as historic sites.

380 pages, 6'' x 9'', index, 24 softcovers per case, perfect bound

ISBN 10: 1-56037-325-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-56037-325-4

    The guide uses GPS and GIS technology to provide the most accurate sailing descriptions available and features:
  • detailed route information
  • excellent maps, which use high-resolution satellite images as a base

  • This comprehensive guide covers:
  • equipment
  • risks and hazards
  • shoreline descriptions
  • currents and prevailing winds
  • boat ramps and marinas
  • portages
  • river-mile marks
  • historical sites





The Complete Paddler
A Guidebook for Paddling the Missouri River from the Headwaters to St. Louis, Missouri

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David L. Miller align= David Miller is Distinguished Teaching Professor and Chair of the Department of Geography at the State University of New York's College at Cortland. An experienced paddler, he made his first long-distance wilderness canoe trip in 1968. In the spring of 2002, he began the first of three summers kayaking solo down the 2,321-mile long Missouri River.

Praise for The Complete Paddler: A Guidebook for Paddling the Missouri River from the Headwaters to St. Louis, Missouri

?David Miller's The Complete Paddler is truly a superb work, well worthy of its subject. Highly readable, his guide is accurate, detailed, and usefully descriptive and will almost certainly become the standard by which other guides to the Missouri are judged. Though written for paddlers, it will be useful indeed for any river travelers.?
?James M. ''Jim'' Peterson, Professor Emeritus, University of South Dakota, and self-proclaimed ?river rat? who has spent more than seven decades on the Missouri River

?An excellent paddler and a knowledgeable and engaging writer, David Miller has crafted an exceptional guide book. The Complete Paddler is well-organized, easy-to-use and full of practical advice. The topics range from what to pack and paddling techniques to reading the water and the best places to resupply. In the midst of this valuable information, Miller weaves in his personal experience and observations, making the reader want to hop in a kayak and escape the daily grind.?
?Kimberly Hermes, Editor, Small Craft Advisory

?The Complete Paddler by David Miller is comprehensive, intelligent, and simply a good read. You do not have to be a paddler to enjoy this book. The book includes more-than-excellent maps, valuable contacts, and sound advice. The text illuminates colorful characters who live and work along the Missouri River?bringing this region to life. Chapters are peppered with snippets of history, incisive quotes, and lively anecdotes.?
?Tom Mullen, author of Rivers of Change: Trailing the Waterways of Lewis & Clark

''You don?t have to be Lewis and Clark to have a great and life-altering experience on the Missouri River. Don?t attempt to paddle this great river, however, without first reading David Miller?s The Complete Paddler. Miller knows every inch of the Missouri River and shares all the tips and tricks for avoiding danger, locating good campsites, finding water to drink, and striking up friendships with helpful ?river rats? along the entire 2,300-mile route.?
?James M. Denny, co-author of Atlas of Lewis and Clark in Missouri

?Dr. Miller provides clear, sound advice for paddling the modern Missouri, confronting its winds, currents, reservoirs, and mud. Information on map sources, GPS, clothing, camping, food, and weather are essential to a safe, successful trip. Anecdotes reveal the river?s human side. Clear, readable maps show the river, essential features and Lewis and Clark campsites. Dr. Miller?s first-hand knowledge of the river, ably expressed, is invaluable in understanding the problems Lewis and Clark faced and overcame.?
?Robert N. Bergantino, hydrogeologist and author of The Route and Campsites of Lewis and Clark in Montana, a Geological Perspective

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