Paper pub. date
April 2024
ISBN 9781962645034 (paperback)
5 x 8, 320 pages. 150 full-color photos. 13 color maps. 50 b&w drawings. Appendix. index.
Available April 2024.

Field Guide to Oregon Rivers

Second Edition
Second Edition
Tim Palmer

In this updated edition of his classic Field Guide to Oregon Rivers, Tim Palmer gives us an unprecedented reference, introducing the state’s waterways and offering outdoor enthusiasts and resource professionals an interpretive approach to an extraordinary network of streams. He begins with natural history—geology, climate, hydrology, plants, and wildlife—then profiles 111 rivers with notes about nature, fish, and conservation, followed by essential tips on where to see each river, hike along the shores, fish, and explore by canoe, kayak, and raft. Illustrations identify riparian plants and animals while more than 150 photographs showcase a magnificent rivers estate. This volume is an essential outdoor companion for Oregonians and visitors alike.

“This rare gem of a book is an excellent combination of art and science. Descriptions of ecology and natural history are accurately and eloquently written for students, scientists, and all readers, and the photos are amazing. Tim Palmer’s field guide is my new ‘life list’ for Oregon rivers, featuring many waterways that I’ve still not discovered even after 40 years of studying these streams.”—Stan Gregory, emeritus professor of fisheries, Oregon State University

“Here is an essential tool for anyone who paddles, fishes, explores, and wants to understand the natural history of our rivers and the challenges they face. Thanks to Tim Palmer, we now have the field guide that Oregon’s rivers deserve.”—John DeVoe, former executive director, WaterWatch

“From desert rivers flowing through basalt gorges to coastal streams cascading through temperate rainforests, Oregon’s diversity of rivers is among the greatest anywhere. Tim’s much-needed book will get you to the best places to paddle, hike, fish, and explore. This excellent guide will inform and motivate every reader to enjoy rivers and work for their protection.”
—Thomas O’Keefe, Pacific Northwest stewardship director, American Whitewater

About the author

Tim Palmer has explored, photographed, and written about rivers for more than forty years. Paddler magazine named him among the “10 greatest river conservationists of our time” and one of the “100 greatest paddlers of the past century.” His honors include the National Outdoor Book Award, Lifetime Achievement Award from American Rivers, and Conservation Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Federation.

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