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Water & Boating Trails
What are water trails? marked routes along rivers, lakes, and coastlines for boating including: signs and route markers; maps and promotion of water routes; facilities for parking, boat ramps or docks, and places to camp and picnic; state programs for water trails.
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- Water trails and water activities on the National Wildlife Refuge System
- 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe
Trail through northeastern U.S.
- Water trails join land routes as National Recreation Trails
- CA: San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail is a new regional water access project
- CT: Connecticut River Water Trail
- FL: Suwannee River Wilderness Trail combines land and water resource
- IL: Pecatonica River Water Trail runs 58 miles thru Stephenson County
- MD: Janes Island State Park: 30 miles of water trails dissect a 2,900 acre Chesapeake Bay island
- MI: Blueways of St. Clair provides 16 different paddling routes in 8 different water bodies
- MO: Missouri River Paddling Trail runs more than 500 miles of the lower Missouri River, a joint initiative of Missouri state agencies
- NY: Plans for New York State Canalway Water Trail announced
- NY: New York City Water Trail connects rivers, bays, creeks, inlets and ocean in the five boroughs
- NY: Chemung Basin River Trail Partnership
- OH: Blueway trail planned for Sandusky Bay (pdf 270 kb)
- OR: Siuslaw Water Trail runs 30 miles along the North Fork and Siuslaw Rivers between Mapleton and the Pacific Ocean
- SD: Missouri National Recreational River Water Trail
- WV: Coal River Group works to “Bring life back to the Coal Rivers including the 88-mile Coal River Walhonde Water Trail
- Quebec, Canada: St. Lawrence Water Trail is a network of access, shelters, lodging, and campsites; 89 maps available for nearly 2,000 km of routes
Designated National Recreation Trails:
To expand our resources and coverage of water trails, we’d like to hear about your project. Please send us articles, documents, or web links we can include on our website and in future issues of the American Trails Magazine. Contact us at email@example.com.
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