Lakes- To-Locks Water Trail
Seattle, the Rivers & Trails Program worked with
the Washington Water Trails Association to build a broad-based
constituency for the Lakes-To-Locks Water Trail, Puget
Sound's newest "blue trail" that includes over 100 miles
of shoreline and 100 launch and landing sites. The Lakes-To-Locks
blue trail was specifically designed for day users and
small, non-motorized boats to access local waterways,
it features stopping points along water front parks
that enable people to enjoy the area's natural landscape.
Users experience a sampling of unique ecosystems in
this region, which ultimately fosters an ethic of respect
and stewardship and low impact use of the precious natural
resources of Puget Sound. Water trails are also links
to local culture, paths for improved health, and even
new routes to work.
This regional freshwater trail connects inland lakes, rivers, and
the ship canal with the shores of Elliott Bay, where
it makes a direct connection with its saltwater sister,
the Cascadia Marine Trail a National Millennium Trail
stretching 150 miles from Olympia to British Columbia.
Other partners include local cities from Seattle to
Bothell, and local, state, and federal agencies. As
with every Rivers & Trails project, we provided
technical assistance and helped empower our partners
to see their project goals come to life.
In the summer of 2000, we celebrated official designation
of the water trail with a series of events, including
interpretative paddle trips, shoreline tours, treasure
hunts, ribbon cuttings, boathouse dedications, and more.
Rivers & Trails staff also provided assistance in
trail development, public involvement, marketing, and
map publication. The response from the public has been
overwhelmingly supportive. More water
trails similar to Lakes-To -Locks are planned across
the country; offering a wonderful opportunity for people
to enjoy their communities in a new and exciting way.
Link to our latest
press release about the trail