Best Management Practice Category: Recreation Opportunities

Definition:

The water trail route has established public access points that accommodate a diversity of trip lengths and provide access to a variety of opportunities for recreation and education.

Bronx River Blueway NRT Map

Map of Access points along a Water Trail: Good maps are essential to helping users find where they can access a waterway, how far they can reasonably go in a day, where they can camp, and where to take out.

NFCT Trip Planner

Trip planning along a water trail: Planning your trip is critically important to having fun on a water trail. Good water trails have trip planning tools to help users determine where they should go, what they should take, and so forth.

Seaside Water Trail

Feasibility of Camping Platforms: An excellent assessment of the environmental impacts of facilitating visitor camping, and how to potentially minimize those impacts. 

Launches and Access Sites

Prepare to Launch! Guidelines for Assessing, Designing, and Building Launch Sites for Carry-in Watercraft is a resource designed to help river and water trail managers and park planners build ‘put-in and take out’ sites as they address the evolving needs of paddlers and other users.