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The Catawba River companion: A guidebook for paddlers

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Guidebook: The Catawba River Companion

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The Catawba River Companion, by Diane Milks, Von Lambert, Louise Pettus and Bill Price (Photographer), South Carolina: Palmetto Conservation Foundation/PCF Press First Edition 2003, 110 pages, $6.98, reviewed by John G Hall

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The Catawba River Companion is a guidebook for the serious paddlers or the curious traveler. It provides information about what visitors can see and do along the Catawba River and its eleven lakes.

The information includes maps showing places to hike, camp, fish and paddle. The authors encourage visitors to learn about the region’s natural history.

There is one section for each lake with notes about riverside recreation, lakeside camping and nearby Bed & Breakfasts. Each section includes suggestions about “Day Trips” and “Destinations.”

Day Trips include places to paddle, visit a waterfall or mountain bike a wooded trail. Visitors also have opportunities to learn about history and culture. An icon of a red camera alerts readers to potential day trip.

Destinations are key attractions near each lake. These are usually popular sites like wilderness trails or parks. They might include visitor centers or botanical gardens. An icon of a lime green suitcase against a blue background alerts the reader to destination attractions.

Following a brief introduction, there is a section about “How to Use This Book.” “The River’s Course” describes the Catawba’s 225-mile journey from Mount Mitchell in in North Carolina to Lake Wateree in South Carolina.

“Catawba River History,” provides the readers with a thorough reading of the river’s history and the people who lived along its shores.

The Catawba River Companion is a reliable guidebook that makes your journey downriver an exciting adventure.

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