Florida’s Rivers: A Celebration of Over 40 of the Sunshine State’s Dynamic Waterways

2022 FAPA President’s Book Award: Gold: Adult Nonfiction General; Gold: Coffee Table Book

The rivers of Florida are steeped in natural and cultural history. They are avenues through time, allowing us to wrap ourselves in a rich tapestry, and they are showcases for wildlife and natural beauty. On some rivers, idyllic scenes are revealed bend after bend for miles and sometimes days, appearing to have changed little since early native people plied the waters in dugout canoes.

Imagine gliding along a clear watercourse beneath a leafy canopy of maple, cypress, and gum. The current swirls eelgrass in undulating patterns as schools of silvery mullet shoot past. Ahead, a manatee’s snout breaks the surface in a loud whoosh, its gray body lumbering slowly along and showing little fear as you pass by. A red-shouldered hawk cries and soars over treetops while a black anhinga stretches long wings to dry while perched on a cypress knee.

Whether you are viewing a river from the land or, especially, a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard, let Florida’s Rivers be your guide to celebrating the state’s treasure

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