Texas and whitewater. Who knew? According to Texas Whitewater, by veteran paddler Steve Daniel, one doesn't have to be an outdoors expert to find whitewater fun and adventure in the Lone Star State. Sometimes all that's needed is a little rain and perseverance - and this handy guide to more than seventy Texas rivers and creeks with the greatest prospects for whitewater. ""Making the best of it is what this book is all about,"" Daniel writes. ""It is about beautiful scenery, long-lasting friendships, and challenges to one's physical and mental abilities."" Texas Whitewater is arranged according to river drainages: Trinity, Brazos, Colorado, Guadalupe-San Antonio-Nueces, and the Rio Grande. Each description includes a map and an overview of the location, gradient, drainage, and difficulty of the run. Daniel draws on his own and other whitewater enthusiasts' experiences to describe the runs. Many chapters conclude with ""Lagniappe,"" a section detailing the best restaurant or tourist attraction to be found in the area. Eye-catching photographs highlight whitewater features and showcase some of the state's best boaters at play. Daniel also provides information on access and safety issues. He offers tips on obtaining information on water levels and stream flow data locations via the Internet. Also included is an updated legal summary on the navigability of state waterways, prepared by Texas Assistant Attorney General Joe Riddell.
Steve Daniel has spent more than twenty-two years kayaking challenging rivers and creeks throughout the United States and Mexico. When he is not on the river, he teaches philosophy at Texas A&M University in College Station.