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Eugene Buchanan reported The National Water Trails System designated three rivers in Michigan, Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa as new National Water Trails.

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Sally Jewel, Secretary of the Interior, signed the new water trails into the National Trail System

Buchanan, journalist for CanoeKayak.com, (Canoe & Kayak Magazine), wrote on 19 December 2013 “The National Trail System now has three new water trails in its mix, bringing the total to 14 nationally recognized waterways where sea kayaks and canoes replace hiking boots.”

The three newest additions to the national system are:

  • The Island Loop Water Trail in Michigan
  • The Red Rock Water Trail in Knoxville, Iowa
  • The Missouri National Recreation River Water Trail that through South Dakota, Nebraska and Iowa

.A National Park Service News Release, “New National Water Trails: Exemplary Places to Get Outside,” confirmed the report.

Emily Linroth, a Communication Specials for the National Par\k Service (NPS) and Corita Waters, Communication Specialist for the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) made the announcement in Washington, D.C.:

“A water trail that flows above abandoned frontier towns, water that Lewis and Clark traveled, and a popular water trail that follows an international border were added to the National Water Trails System today”

Jonathan B. Jarvis, Director of NPS, stated, “These National Water Trails provide exemplary close-to-home places for people to explore and enjoy.” In addition, “I am particularly happy to have these trails added to the system. They are cooperatively supported and sustained through efforts of community, state and federal partners.

Canoeist, kayakers and other water sports enthusiasts were not the only ones who greeted this news with a sense of exhilaration.

Congresswoman Candice Miller stated that, “The designation of the Island Loop Route as one of the National Water Trail System routes is a wonderful recognition of what is already a beloved water trail in St. Clair County. Furthermore, she commented, “Today the Island Loop Route makes history in Michigan for becoming the first in our state to be included in the National Water Trail System.”

The designation of rivers and waterway takes great effort by many individuals. These include local, state and federal officials as well as ordinary citizens, especially canoeist and kayakers across the country.

If you are interested in more information about the National Water Trails System, who designates National Water Trails and what are the National Water Trail criteria, read part two of “New National Water Trails.”

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