Whitewater Home Companion: Southeastern Rivers, Volume 2

Whitewater Home Companion: Southeastern Rivers, Volume 2


William Nealy Special Commemorative Collection Edition

Author Bio:

William “Not Bill” Nealy was a wild, gentle, brilliant artist and creator turned cult hero who wrote 10 books for Menasha Ridge Press from 1982 to 2000. William shared his hard-won “crash-and-learn” experiences through humorous hand-drawn cartoons and illustrated river maps that enabled generations to follow in his footsteps. His subjects included paddling, mountain biking, skiing, and inline skating. His hand-drawn, poster-size river maps of the Nantahala, Ocoee, Chattooga, Gauley, Youghiogheny, and several other rivers are still sought after and in use today.

Laugh out loud with this hilarious collection of William Nealy’s beloved river maps, together in book form for easy reading!

A celebrated author and cartoonist, William Nealy gained cult-hero status in the outdoor-sports community by blending his passion for the outdoors with his unique style of caricatures. He had a knack for learning—not by doing but by crashing and burning! For years his informative and hilarious cartoon maps of popular canoeing and kayaking streams have delighted whitewater paddlers. Practically collectors’ items, these maps are sought by paddlers all over the United States for their relevance and wild insider’s perspective.

A brilliant and uproarious follow-up to Whitewater Home Companion: Southeastern Rivers, Volume I, this second volume is a special guidebook to 11 celebrated Southeastern streams in six states. It’s special because it provides, in map format, a wealth of information on each of the rivers described—and additionally special because it is embellished throughout with William’s nationally renowned art and humor.

William was a phenomenon, unilaterally deciding that whitewater paddlers should have a sense of humor. Now, largely because of him, most of them do. If you have any doubts concerning your own sense of humor, you should read this book just to be on the safe side.

Featured Rivers:

  • Appalachia
  • Chattahoochee, Atlanta
  • Cumberland, “Below the Falls”
  • Cumberland, “Big South Fork Gorge”
  • James River at Richmond
  • Maury River, Goshen Pass
  • New River Gorge, Revisited
  • New River, South Fork
  • Potomac River, Lower
  • Shenandoah River
  • Wilson Creek Gorge

William’s zany illustrations have been bound and bandaged together in a monumental new collection of books that include cartoons long out of print. Whitewater Home Companion is a wonderful part of The William Nealy Collection, ideal for anyone who loves to laugh and enjoys the great outdoors.

Additional information

Dimensions 8.25 × 10.88 in

William Nealy



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The William Nealy Collection


Menasha Ridge Press

Publication Date

May 23, 2023


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