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posted May 1, 2019

An Economic Argument for Water Trails

by River Management Society

This report is a summary of findings from existing studies, which provide examples of the economic impact of water trails in their respective communities. It is meant to provide a helpful resource to communities interested in learning about the economic benefit water trails have provided for cities and towns in the US.

  tags: water trails

posted Apr 25, 2018

The Multi-Objective Values of Trails

by Steve Elkinton with National Park Service

Trails and greenways advocates need to think more broadly and to look at the larger values of trails in the context of "green infrastructure."

  tags: editorial, water trails

posted May 1, 2019

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.

  tags: water trails

posted May 1, 2019

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. Chronicles of water trail communities convey values influencing the sustainability of paddle trail projects. Water trails are not a panacea for rural development, however, water trail development can help achieve goals of economic diversification and improved quality of life in communities. Paddle trails are an effective approach to rural economic development and recreational access while enhancing natural and cultural qualities of a community.

  tags: water trails

posted May 1, 2019

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.

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posted Aug 17, 2018

Low water stream crossings for trails and greenways

by Stuart Macdonald

Low water crossings are designed to allow normal flow under the trail, and to be over-topped during seasonal floods.

  tags: photo gallery, water trails, floodway

posted May 3, 2018

The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail

Conceived as an ecotourism destination, the trail enables exploration of the area by canoe or kayak, while providing an economic boost to surrounding rural communities.

  tags: greenway, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 29, 2018

Cascadia Marine Trail, Washington

by American Trails Staff

This Puget Sound water trail is a network of 55 shoreline campsites for people traveling the Pacific Northwest inland sea in human or wind-powered, beachable watercraft.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Congaree River Blue Trail, South Carolina

by American Trails Staff

Starting near Columbia, this 50-mile water trail and greenway ranges from urban adventures to the Coastal Plain with its high bluffs and floodplain habitats.

  tags: greenway, historic, interpretation, water trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Juniata River Water Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

The Juniata River Water Trail is a component of the Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Main Line Canal Greenway, a 320-mile corridor of natural wonders, history, culture, and recreation following the path of the historic Main Line Canal.

  tags: birding, interpretation, restoration, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Quinebaug River Water Trail - Thompson Lake Section, Connecticut

by American Trails Staff

This five-mile water trail within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ West Thompson Lake project is an excellent 3-hour outing for paddlers who are comfortable with moving water and enjoy seeing varied landscapes of forests and fields along with extensive wildlife habitat.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 27, 2018

Three Rivers Water Trail, Pennsylvania

by American Trails Staff

The Three Rivers Water Trail is a series of public non-motorized access points within the 90 riverfront municipalities of Allegheny County and the Pittsburgh area.

  tags: water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Alabama Scenic River Trail, Alabama

by American Trails Staff

At approximately 631 miles in length (the suitability of various river channels will vary the exact route for different types of watercraft), the trail is considered to be the longest in a single state in the U.S.

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posted Mar 26, 2018

Apalachicola River Paddling Trail System, Florida

by American Trails Staff

Stretching through the panhandle of Florida to the Gulf of Mexico, this water trail system offers over 100 miles of scenic paddling trails.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Aucilla River National Recreation Trail, north Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Aucilla River has a rich history, remarkable geology, and abundant wildlife. Anglers, paddlers, and boaters enjoy exploring this waterway as it courses between banks lined with limestone formations and disappears underground within the Aucilla Wildlife Management Area.

  tags: wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Black River National Recreation Trail, Missouri

by American Trails Staff

The US Army Corps of Engineers manages the 3.25-mile gentle paved and gravel trail that winds through the bottomland hardwoods and pines along the Black River below Clearwater Dam near Piedmont, MO.

  tags: birding, shared use, water trails, fitness, nature trail

posted Mar 26, 2018

Blackwater Heritage State Trail, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The westernmost rail trail in Florida, it extends from the historic town of Milton north to US Naval Air Station Whiting Field. The trail passes through pine woods, a cypress/bay swamp, and an area of white-topped pitcher plants. An unpaved equestrian trail parallels a segment of the paved trail.

  tags: birding, historic, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Des Moines River Water Trail (North Section), Polk County, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

The 400 mile long Des Moines River Water Trail that runs from Estherville to the Mississippi River, is an extremely scenic stream. There are two trail sections - the North Section (Cottonwood to Birdland Park Access) and the South Section (Harriet St. to Yellow Banks).

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Des Moines River Water Trail (South Section), Polk County, Iowa

by American Trails Staff

The 400 mile long Des Moines River Water Trail that runs from Estherville to the Mississippi River, is an extremely scenic stream. There are two trail sections - the North Section (Cottonwood to Birdland Park Access) and the South Section (Harriet St. to Yellow Banks).

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Econfina River Water Trail, Taylor County, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Econfina River offers paddlers a 16-mile journey an intimately-canopied dark water river in the remote Big Bend region of North Florida. Designated as a National Recreation Trail in 2012.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Fox-Wisconsin Heritage Water Trail, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

A 250-mile water trail along the Fox and Wisconsin Rivers in Wisconsin, extending from the City of Green Bay to Portage and ending in Prairie du Chien at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers.

  tags: birding, historic, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, Florida

by American Trails Staff

One of the busiest trails in the nation, this 47-mile multi-use rail-trail is seen as a green jewel in the midst of the state's most highly urbanized county.

  tags: shared use, water trails, greenway

posted Mar 26, 2018

Great Calusa Blueway, Florida

by American Trails Staff

The Great Calusa Blueway paddling trail meanders 190 miles along the back bays and wildlife-laden shores of Lee County on Florida’s Gulf coast near Sanibel and Fort Myers. The route provides non-motorized access to Federal, State, and Local preserves and historic sites in one of the fastest growing areas of the country.

  tags: birding, historic, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Halfmoon Lake Canoe Trail, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Minnesota

by American Trails Staff

Paddle your way through the mature floodplain forest and rich backwaters of the Winona District of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

  tags: birding, preservation, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Hennepin Canal Parkway, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

The Hennepin Canal National Recreation Trail provides many miles of trail recreation for biking, hiking, snowmobiling, horseback riding, and paddling along a historic canal corridor.

  tags: historic, partnerships, canal, water trails, parks

posted Mar 26, 2018

Lower Cache River Trail, Cache River State Natural Area, Illinois

by American Trails Staff

This three-mile paddling and hiking trail is the result of a partnership between Illinois DNR, US Fish & Wildlife Service, and the Nature Conservancy to preserve, restore, and manage a 60,000-acre complex of wetlands.

  tags: birding, preservation, restoration, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Milwaukee Urban Water Trail, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

A 35-mile canoe and kayak route through urban reaches of the Milwaukee, Menomonee, and Kinnickinnic Rivers.

  tags: birding, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Nelson-Trevino Canoe Trail - Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Wisconsin

by American Trails Staff

The 4.8 mile Nelson-Trevino Canoe Trail located between Nelson, WI and Wabasha, MN is a treasure of the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge.

  tags: birding, preservation, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Niobrara Scenic River, Fort Niobrara National Wildlife Refuge, Nebraska

by American Trails Staff

This 5.6 mile section of the Niobrara River offers visitors a unique scenic recreational floating experience. The river cuts a deep canyon in the limestone rocks that underlie Nebraska’s famed Sand Hills.

  tags: birding, preservation, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Mar 26, 2018

Verchota Canoe Trail, Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge, Minnesota

by American Trails Staff

This 11-mile marked paddling trail near Winona, MN, traverses broad pools, islands, braided channels, and extensive bottomland forest.

  tags: birding, preservation, wildlife and habitat, water trails

posted Feb 19, 2018

All Successful Trails Need Partnerships and Coalitions

This interactive presentation will discuss the importance of creating a strong coalition of diverse stakeholders and identify strategies to effectively engage them.

  tags: partnerships, water trails

posted Feb 19, 2018

Blue Trails

This presentation will teach water trail developers how to improve recreation and increase access by integrating conservation and restoration goals into their water trails plans.

  tags: urban trails, trails as transportation, water trails

posted Feb 19, 2018

Blue Ways

Alabama Scenic River Trail, the longest river trail in a single state.

  tags: urban trails, trails as transportation, water trails

posted Feb 19, 2018

Developing and Operating Water Trails at the Local, Statewide and Regional Levels

Come learn how water trails are connecting people to waterways as practitioners describe their successful programs of developing and managing extensive water trails.

  tags: urban trails, trails as transportation, water trails

posted Feb 19, 2018

Meeting at the Refuge

Refuges close to highly-populated areas provide the greatest opportunity to engage new and diverse audiences.

  tags: urban trails, trails as transportation, wildlife and habitat, birding, water trails

posted Feb 19, 2018

Water Trails

Successful water trails are the product of partnerships among a wide variety of public and private constituents.

  tags: urban trails, trails as transportation, water trails

posted Feb 19, 2018

Why Water Trails?

by Sarah Hippensteel Hall, Phd with Miami Conservancy District, Lelia Mellen with National Park Service, Douglas Leed with Ohio Department of Natural Resources

How to connect economics with tourism.

  tags: urban trails, trails as transportation, water trails

posted Oct 14, 2019

Inland Waterways International (IWI)

IWI brings together people and organizations who support the conservation, use, development and proper management of inland waterways worldwide.

  tags: water trails

posted Aug 2, 2019

Why Water Trails are Better Than Land Trails

by Mike Passo with American Trails

A totally unbiased analysis by a kayaker with a disability.

  tags: editorial, water trails

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