Best Management Practice Category: Recreation Opportunities


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.

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.


How well the water trail connects with other water trails, land recreation networks, and public transportation networks including sidewalks, bike trails, bus routes, etc.

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.

Regional transportation networks

Along the Mississippi River Water Trail, a plan is being undertaken to integrate the water trail into the regional public transportation networks so people can access the river without a car and go up and down the river whether walking, biking, or canoeing. There is a statewide effort underway for a bike trail plan along the Mississippi River.

Recreation Info and Facilities

Information about recreation opportunities and existing facilities.

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.



Blueways of St. Clair Brochure

Brochure that uses satellite imagery as a backdrop and includes the Island Loop route.