Paddling is a way of life in Idaho. The state oozes with huge, unspoiled watersheds full of gentle headwaters streams and challenging, roiling whitewater. Rafts, kayaks and canoes are as common on or behind the cars coursing Idaho’s highways as camp trailers and roof-top carriers. Increasingly there are touring kayaks and stand-up paddleboards plying Idaho’s waterways and lakes—and highways—as well.

“With apologies to the potato,” writes Boise journalist and whitewater kayaker Joe Carberry, “Idaho is arguably most famous for its rivers.”

Western Perspective Principal Greg Stahl has been canoeing, rafting and whitewater kayaking Idaho's rivers and lakes for nearly 20 years and was thrilled to have the opportunity to write "Paddling Idaho," a 296-page guide to the state's best paddling routes.