Recommended Whitewater Rafting Books

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Canoeing and Kayaking by Dennis Stuhaug
You know who you are and you know why you like this book: it’s easy to read, details are clear and concise, and you know you won’t feel so much like an idiot after reading it.
Canyon Solitude: A Woman’s Solo River Journey Through the Grand Canyon by Patricia McCairen.
One woman’s memoir of a 25-day solo journey down one of America’s greatest rivers and landscapes.
The Guide’s Guide Augmented: Reflections on Guiding Professional River Trips by William McGinnis.
Everything you could ever want to know about being a rafting guide.
Paddler Magazine (
Apart from an annual touring issue, there are loads of articles from seasoned writers on kayaking and rafting trips, events, gear, news, maps, tests, and guides.
Wavelength Magazine (
British Columbia based glossy magazine with a useful website Articles focus on gear, journeys, trip photos, race information and results, and news.
Whitewater Rafting by Graeme Addison
A basic introduction to whitewater rafting.
Whitewater Rafting Manual: Tactics and Techniques for Great River Adventures by Jimmie Johnson
Basic information on the technical aspects of whitewater sports.
Whitewater Rescue Manual: New Techniques for Canoeists, Kayakers, and Rafters by Charles Walbridge and Wayne A. Sundmacher
A must read for any whitewater enthusiast. Safety tips and detailed descriptions of what to do in a rescue and emergency situation.

Useful Whitewater Rafting Websites


Paddling Life (
One of the most important ezines on paddling, sea kayaking and whitewater rafting. Contains tons of features, back articles, videos, message boards, guides and contests.
The Kayaking Journal (
Information on sea and whitewater kayaking. There are gear reviews, a bookstore, tour details, club links, and a newsletter.
Raft Info (
Trip planning, river reports, and videos from a collection of tour operators spread out across the Americas.
Wet Dawg (
An e-zine focusing on various water sports including rafting and kayaking. Videos, forums, clubs, interviews, and other features are included.

North America

American Whitewater (
Organization that helps clean up America’s rivers, imporves land management, and protects public access to rivers for recreational use.
National Rivers (
This site is geared toward paddling and activities on rivers, but there is also some good information and links on other activities as well.
Paddlesports Industry Association (
Organization dedicated to promoting safe, clean, and ethical canoeing, kayaking, and rafting. Search engine for finding paddling outfitters and retailers and basic background details on the sport.
Raft Wet (
This is the home page of a California rafting operator, but has lots of extra unbiased data that cannot be ignored. A great deal of information, photos, links, tour information, maps and resources for paddlers.


Raft Nepal (
Online guide to the whitewater and adventure sporting in the Himalayas. A non-profit site.

New Zealand

Whitewater Junkies (
Kiwi site with flow and rainfall rates for places in New Zealand.