Guidelines for accessing, designing, and building launch sites for carry-in watercraft.
Prepare to Launch Guidelines for Assessing Designing and Building Launch Sites for Carry in Watercraft
Why This Document: To help facility and trail planners, and park and recreation project leaders when planning, building, or updating access sites that are tailored to the needs of the canoeists, kayakers, tubers, stand-up paddlers, rowers, or small craft sailors (commonly referred to as “paddlers” in this document). Prepare to Launch! will help with:
• Understanding Launch Locations by addressing shoreline characteristics along rivers, lakes, and bays
• Addressing Users’ Launch Needs by looking at the various types of users and watercraft, amount of traffic, and accessibility needs
• Understanding Launch Design Criteria that can be shared with a contractor, engineer, or designer, depending on the complexity of the site
• Promoting Your Launch Project by offering tips to help make decisions about appropriate launch design and construction and by helping to organize examples that can then help gain community support and fundraising.
Published June 01, 2013
This Trail Maintenance Manual was developed as a field guideline and procedure manual for Park staff responsible for the maintenance, construction, and operation of the Santa Clara County Parks trails’ system.
Ramps, typically used for building access, are often provided on trails.
A variety of steel-frame commercial bridges along typical multiple-use trails.