Neil Nikirk


The author is a long-time river rat, having been whitewater boating for over 35 years. His rafting “resume” includes most of the classic rafting (and some obscure) runs in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California as well as internationally in Canada, Peru, Ecuador, and Guatemala. In Mexico, he has run many rivers in the states of Veracruz, Chiapas, and Oaxaca. His latest passion is exploring the rivers of northern Mexico in the states of Sonora and Chihuahua. The last several years exploring this region are what led to this book. Having run all the rivers described here, some multiple times, Neil wants to share this knowledge and encourage others to explore the rivers of the Yaqui drainage. This is a beautiful and fascinating region with quality whitewater that almost no one knows about. You can join him and Lacey on trips during the monsoon season. Check out the trip offerings at

Neil is also the owner of Go Light Outdoors (, your source for quality lightweight whitewater equipment. Although specializing in catarafts, Go Light Outdoors offers a full line of rafts, inflatable kayaks, frames, oars, bags and other gear. Over the years, Neil has designed custom boating equipment that is lightweight and functional, enabling anyone to continue running rivers and surfing waves for years to come. See what Go Light Outdoors has to offer on the sales page

Where to find Neil Nikirk online

Where to buy in print


A Floater's Guide to the Rivers of the Yaqui Watershed
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 32,940. Language: English. Published: December 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Boating & sailing, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Kayaking
This E-book is an attempt to consolidate what little information there is on boating the rivers of the Yaqui drainage so that other adventurous boaters can experience the thrill of exploration but still have some idea of what they are getting into. It includes river descriptions, access points, a mile by mile guide, photos, and adventure stories from people who have been there.

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adventure    guide book    kayaking    mexico    nature    paddling guide    rafting    rivers    travel