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published Jun 15, 2020

NWTS Best Management Practices

Best Management Practice Goal: The water trail actively engages local communities and trail users, who provide support and advocacy for the maintenance and stewardship of the water trail.


published Dec 18, 2018

Greater Des Moines Water Trails Economic Impact Study

Greater Des Moines Water Trails will annually pour tens of millions of dollars into the regional economy, a new analysis shows.


published Jan 1, 2014

Strategy and Plan of Action for The Water Trails Community

Water trails are a unique form of recreation – in its simplest form it consists of floating with minor balance and navigation. However, the ability to reach the water’s edge is probably one of the largest obstacles to participation.


published Jun 1, 2013

Prepare to Launch!

by National Park Service

Guidelines for accessing, designing, and building launch sites for carry-in watercraft.


published Jun 1, 2010

Developing Water Trails in Iowa

Practical guidelines and templates for planning, site design, signage and construction in the state of Iowa.


published Apr 26, 2010

Water Trail Planning 101

by National Park Service

A quick how to guide for developing water trails


published Sep 1, 2007

Northern Forest Canoe Trail: Economic Impacts and Implications for Sustainable Community Development

This research examines the economic impact of paddler recreation along the waterways of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile route traversing New York, Vermont, Quebec, New Hampshire, and Maine.


published Sep 1, 2002

Case Studies of Water Trail Impacts on Rural Communities

by Lindsy Johnson, MCRP

Water trail development causes economic and social and impacts on rural communities.


Jan 22, 2015

Water Trail Ambassador and Stewardship Programs

The best water trails link outdoor recreation to conservation and stewardship opportunities. This a symbiotic relationship between recreating on waterways and protecting them doesn’t occur without effort. This webinar will explore water trail ambassador programs from coast to coast.


Nov 3, 2016

Current National Recreation/Water Trails: Make the Most of Your Designation!

This webinar showcases how current National Recreation and Water Trails have used this designation to promote their trails and present you with ideas to highlight your own project.