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