Sixty-three paddling adventures on New York's two mightiest, history-rich rivers await you, led by NYS-licensed guide Russell Dunn, noted author of nine critically acclaimed guidebooks to upstate New York and western New England. Explore the old Erie, Champlain, and NYS Barge canals. Get a duck's-eye view of wildlife refuges and nature preserves. Cruise past historic lighthouses, abandoned 19th-century industries, early Native American sites and colonial homesteads. Includes more than 60 maps and 50 photographs, detailed directions, historical essays, safety and comfort information, an essay on Hudson River tides, and a guide to local outfitters and paddling organizations.You'll be amazed at the variety of sights and sounds—from the skyline of Albany and the country's busiest inland seaport to peaceful tidal wetlands where bald eagles nest. From the newest riverside park to the oldest house in the Mohawk Valley. Stop, if you dare, at Rattlesnake Island, or explore the ruins of one of many icehouses that once lined the Hudson River shores. Share the waters with supertankers and kingfishers. Float past ruins of Erie Canal aqueducts, mansions of colonial land barons, and sites of ancient Native American villages and battlegrounds, and paddle to views of thunderous Cohoes Falls that will take your breath away. It's all here, right at our doorstep, waiting for you to take the plunge.