Chapter 11, The Uses of a Canoe, begins: “Paddle your own canoe" is a misleading expression. A canoe is a boat for two. It is infinitely adaptable. You can paddle it, pole it, or sail it. You can sleep in it or under it. You can transport it in a baggage car, on a trailer, on top of your automobile or your back. It will float on a heavy dew, yet it is not too frail for the open ocean. In rapids it will give you the thrill of a ski run; on a lake at evening it is the embodiment of peace. A canoe, like rum, is a ready mixer. It goes well with fishing or birding or camping or loafing; even–if you are seeking a Permanent Bow Paddle–with courting.
Despite the title, the book is unrelated to U.S. agencies dealing with defined "roadless areas."