Access and Use
Our waterways are used by paddlers, barges and freighters, sports fishermen, ferries, and powerboats. Treating private property with respect, practicing Leave
No Trace principles, and being aware of the laws regulating international waters is essential to the success of our water trails. Simple guidelines can ensure the enjoyment and safety of all users.
Obeying traffic laws and employing good driving etiquette en route to your paddle maintains paddlers’ good reputation.
At put-ins and take-outs, behave in a friendly, positive manner toward others and be helpful to those who might need assistance.
When putting in, yield to those already in the water as they have right-of-way
If you see someone fishing, moderate your voice, and paddle with as little splashing as possible
If you’re bringing your pet, ensure that they are leashed at all times
Remember that Barge and Commercial Traffic has right-of-way. These ships have large blind spots and limited maneuvering, if you come across one, move close to the shore and avoid crossing in front of them
Beyond the publicly owned sites outlined on our maps, much of the shoreline is privately held. Do not risk trespassing by landing on areas not marked on-site or on interactive as available
In some parts of our water trails the public land is used for hunting, wear orange in season to ensure your safety