a free one chapter PDF sample (1.8 MB)
The most comprehensive guide to kayaking and canoeing on the
East End of Long Island, Mike Bottini’s long-awaited Exploring
East End Waters is based on his award-winning column
in The Southampton
Press. From the Peconic River to Block Island Sound Mike
covers the extraordinary variety of East End paddling areas with
a veteran’s eye for details and a professional sense of
the natural history of the area. Consider the range of possibilities:
fresh-water river and ponds, tidal creeks, salt-water ponds, bays,
and estuaries, and—for the adventurous— sound and
ocean. Where else will you find such a variety of paddling waters?
No wonder the East End has been cited as “one of the last
great places” by The Nature Conservancy.
Exploring East End Waters covers over
30 paddling trips, with detailed hand-drawn maps and "spotlight
topics" for each trip, as well as photos and much more!
As a leading ecologist for The Group for the South Fork, Bottini
has come to know these waters and their ecosystems intimately
over the last seventeen years. Now he shares his knowledge with
the rest of us. Author of the best-selling Trail
Guide to the South Fork, Mike Bottini brings a unique
naturalist’s perspective to this task. Exploring
East End Waters not only provides the keys to an
exhilarating set of more than 30 paddling trips—it is also
infused with a savvy knowledge of the natural history of the area.
It will open your eyes to the wonders of the complex ecology of
the East End.
From the Introduction by Peconic Baykeeper Kevin McAllister:
“Mike Bottini will help you chart your
course for secluded inlets, dramatic bluffs, and beaches seemingly
from Eden itself. His nearly encyclopedic knowledge of estuarine
flora and fauna will help you understand the nuances and subtleties
inherent in an ecosystem that is as sensitive and complex as it
is resilient and forgiving. Enjoy it and protect it.”