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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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Map of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail










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Milwaukee Urban Water Trail, a designated National Recreation Trail in Wisconsin

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