Field Guide to Rivers of North America book cover

Field Guide to Rivers of North America

Based on the comprehensive, award-winning book Rivers of North America, the new Field Guide to Rivers of North America describes 200 of North America’s most significant rivers in a reader-friendly, concise format. The guide is organized by geographic regions - each section begins with a map showing the relationship of rivers within one territory and a summary of the region’s most important elements. Each individual river summary includes a two-page spread with a basin map, a full-color photograph and key river characteristics.

The compact format of this guide will be particularly useful to scientists carrying out field research in areas such as field ecology, entomology, botany. It is an easy-to-use reference that can easily be packed away with other scientific gear.

Anglers and recreational boating enthusiasts will find a wealth of information on river topography, native and nonnative fish species, as well as average temperatures that will help them plan their next adventure.


Ecologists and conservation scientists, as well as nature enthusiasts such as anglers, boaters, river recreationists.

Paperback, 472 Pages

Published: November 2009

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-375088-4


  • Preface

    Chapter 1  Introduction - Arthur C. Benke and Colbert E. Cushing
    Chapter 2 Atlantic Coast Rivers of the Northeastern United States - John K. Jackson, Alexander D. Huryn, David L. Strayer, David L. Courtemanch, and Bernard W. Sweeney
    Chapter 3  Atlantic Coast Rivers of the Southeastern United States - Leonard A. Smock, Anne B. Wright, and Arthur C. Benke
    Chapter 4  Gulf Coast Rivers of the Southeastern United States - G. Milton Ward, Phillip M. Harris, and Amelia K. Ward
    Chapter 5  Gulf Coast Rivers of the Southwestern United States - Clifford N. Dahm, Robert J. Edwards, and Frances P. Gelwick
    Chapter 6   Lower Mississippi River and its Tributaries - Arthur V. Brown, Kristine B. Brown, Donald C. Jackson, and W. Kevin Pierson
    Chapter 7  Southern Plains Rivers - William J. Matthews, Caryn C. Vaughn, Keith B. Gido, and Edie Marsh-Matthews
    Chapter 8  Upper Mississippi River Basin - Michael D. Delong
    Chapter 9  Ohio River Basin - David White, Karla Johnston, and Michael Miller
    Chapter 10  Missouri River Basin - David L. Galat, Charles R. Berry, Jr., Edward J. Peters, and Robert G. White
    Chapter 11  Colorado River Basin - Dean W. Blinn and N. LeRoy Poff
    Chapter 12  Pacific Coast Rivers of the Coterminous United States - James L. Carter and Vincent H. Resh
    Chapter 13     Columbia River Basin - Jack A. Stanford, F. Richard Hauer, Stanley V. Gregory, and Eric B. Snyder
    Chapter 14  Great Basin Rivers - Dennis K. Shiozawa and Russell B. Rader
    Chapter 15  Fraser River Basin - Trefor B. Reynoldson, Joseph Culp, Rick Lowell, and John S. Richardson
    Chapter 16  Pacific Coast Rivers of Canada and Alaska - John S. Richardson and Alexander M. Milner
    Chapter 17    Yukon River Basin - Robert C. Bailey
    Chapter 18    Mackenzie River Basin - Joseph M. Culp, Terry D. Prowse, and Eric A. Luiker
    Chapter 19  Nelson and Churchill River Basins - David M. Rosenberg, Patricia A. Chambers, Joseph M. Culp, William G. Franzin, Patrick A. Nelson, Alex G. Salki, Michael P. Stainton, R. A. Bodaly, and Robert W. Newbury
    Chapter 20    Rivers of Arctic North America - Alexander M. Milner, Mark W. Oswood, and Kelly R. Munkittrick
    Chapter 21  Atlantic Coast Rivers of Canada - Richard A. Cunjak and Robert W. Newbury
    Chapter 22 St. Lawrence River Basin - James H. Thorp, Gary A. Lamberti, and Andrew F. Casper
    Chapter 23  Rivers of Mexico - Paul F. Hudson, Dean A. Hendrickson, Arthur C. Benke, Alejandro Varela-Romero, Rocio Rodiles-Hernández, and Wendell L. Minckley

    Index of Rivers


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