In 2010 water trails remained steady at 2,184 miles, exceeding the goal.
For people to deeply value the Bay and the thousands of streams, creeks and rivers that flow into it, they need access to wildlife and the outdoors. Public access areas allow people to enjoy activities such as fishing, swimming, kayaking, hiking and picnicking. Access to natural areas helps people create a personal connection with the Bay watershed and builds support for restoration efforts.
Bay Program partners continue to increase and improve access in an environmentally sensitive manner through the Chesapeake Bay Gateways Network, water trails and the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.
Learn more about enhancing public access and find public access points around the watershed.
By 2005, increase the number of designated water trails in the Chesapeake Bay region by 500 miles.
Amount completed since 2000
2,184 water trail miles have been developed
Amount completed in 2010
Not updated since goal has been achieved.
Chesapeake Bay Program Office