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Groups Sign Water Trails Agreement

Headed northwest on the Schuylkill.

Headed northwest on the Schuylkill.

Pennsylvania intends to attract more tourists by promoting trails they can float down, as well as those they can walk or ride on.

An agreement to develop and enhance the Keystone State’s 2,000-mile water trail system was signed yesterday (Sept. 30, 2008) by federal and state officials and non-profit groups. They say they’ll work to develop 21 existing water trails, add others, tout them to tourists, and also help preserve water resources.

Water trails are boat routes suitable for canoes, kayaks and small motorized watercraft. Like conventional walking trails for which Pennsylvania has become nationally known, water trails are recreational corridors between specific locations. They offer access points, boat launches, day use sites, and in some cases overnight camping areas.

The system includes the Schuylkill River Water Trail, which crosses the southern end of Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township and Sanatoga as it travels 147 miles from northern coal counties to Philadelphia.

Signing the agreement were representatives of the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, the non-profit Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the National Park Service.

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