Kitsap Water Trail earns national designation

The Kitsap Peninsula Water Trails is one the newest National Water Trails. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis Tuesday named it and the Black Canyon Water Trail in Nevada and Arizona into the National Water Trails system.

“These trails provide an opportunity for families to get outside and explore some of our nation’s most beautiful waterways, and by highlighting them as part of the National Water Trails System, more visitors will have the opportunity to visit and add value to their local economies,” Jarvis said in a news release. “The National Water Trails System highlights the best of our nation’s water trails that encourage recreation and stewardship.”

The two new trails join a system of 14 locally managed water trails throughout the country. Federal, state and local partners have worked together on these trails to increase access to water-based outdoor recreation, encourage community stewardship and promote local tourism, according to Park Service news release.

The Kitsap water trail highlights the scenery found along 371 miles of coastline on the Puget Sound. The trail is a paddling destination because of its unique marine environments, the scenic beauty of mountains and sound, migrating marine mammal populations, and ports and towns steeped in tradition.

The Black Canyon Water Trail is located along a remote portion of the Colorado River within Lake Mead National Recreation Area. The trip begins at the base of the Hoover Dam and meanders through the Black Canyon along 30 miles of the Colorado River. The trail ends at the historic mining area known as Eldorado Canyon on Lake Mohave.

You can explore the entire National Water Trails system online through a collection of videos, stories and pictures. While there, use can usethe online toolbox to learn more about best management practices from national water trails.