River Maps of William Nealy – 05/29/20

“Well-known among paddlers for his instructional books, stories and river maps, William Nealy passed away July 19, 2001 at the age of 47. Nealy brought a self deprecating sense of humor and a wealth of practical knowledge to all his work. His river maps are still posted prominently at Southeastern rafting companies for the benefit of both customers and guides, and served to guide many kayakers and canoeists on their maiden voyages. William Nealy was a one of a kind, loved in the paddling community and will be missed.” [Source:]

“He began by drawing river maps of popular southeast runs, and in 1986 dropped Kayak: A Manual of Technique (Menasha Ridge Press), which for my money is still the best book ever written on the subject.” [Source:]