Water trails (also known as blueways) are marked routes on navigable waterway such as rivers, lakes, canals and coastlines for recreational use. They allow access to waterways for non-motorized boats and sometimes motorized vessels, innertubes, and other craft. Water trails not only require suitable access points and take-outs for exit but also provide places ashore to camp and picnic, and other facilities for boaters.
Water trails may be in public or private waters. In the United States, many water trails are monitored by the National Park Service. Local statutes may apply to landowners who steward water trails and the boaters who use them.
Notable water trails and blueways include:
- Allagash Wilderness Waterway
- Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail
- Maine Island Trail
- Northern Forest Canoe Trail
- Ohio River Water Trail
- San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail
- Shiawassee River Heritage Water Trail
- Tennessee River Blueway
- Tip of The Thumb Heritage Water Trail
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- Water trails and blueways. National Park Service. Accessed 17 March 2017.
- Public Access Guide for Landowners, Water Trails & River Managers. National Park Service.
- Canada Is Building a Trail That Measures Almost 15,000 Miles. Smithsonian 23 September 2016.
- Water Trails. Georgia River Network.