A Visit To Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail

Last week, my colleagues and I met with our partners on the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail in Rockingham, North Carolina. Until recently, a dam degraded Hitchcock Creek and blocked migrating fish from spawning habitat and prevented the community from safely enjoying their river through boating and fishing. With American Rivers’ help, the community removed this… Read more »

Highlights from This Summer’s America’s Great Outdoors Work

It has been an exciting and rewarding summer leading American Rivers’ on–the-ground efforts for America’s Great Outdoors.  While I love living and working in the Southeast, it was great to have the opportunity to travel throughout the country spreading the river and bluetrails message, working with dozens of incredible state and local organizations, and returning… Read more »

Obama Administration’s announces new National Water Trails System

Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced last week the creation of a new National Water Trails System. The system will increase access to water-based outdoor recreation, encourage community stewardship of local waterways, and promote tourism that fuels local economies across America. American Rivers applauds Secretary Salazar and the Obama Administration for recognizing the importance… Read more »

Report calls for nationwide system of blue trails

Imagine a nationwide network of blue trails — rivers and streams from coast to coast, linking communities and providing recreation opportunities, not to mention priceless services like clean drinking water, natural flood protection, and wildlife habitat. A report released today by the Outdoor Resources Review Group supports the vision of American Rivers in creating this nationwide… Read more »

Winter Wonders: Five Rivers to Enjoy Now

River recreation and travel – not to mention beauty – don’t freeze up after summer vacation season. Here’s a look at five rivers that remain active and enjoyable during the winter months and what American Rivers is doing to save these special places. Click on the photos to enlarge. Simple Luxuries Columbia River Gorge (Washington… Read more »

Wateree River Blue Trail

The Wateree River Blue Trail, near Camden, South Carolina, winds 75 miles to meet the Congaree River Blue Trail at Congaree National Park. The first section is dominated by rocky shoals and changes downstream with increasing sinuosity as it flows through floodplain forests. Its east bank is bordered by Manchester State Forest and Poinsett State… Read more »

Making the Link: Conservation, Recreation and our Economy – Part Two

Eagle River, CO at Duck Pond | © Fay Augustyn Last week I blogged about the connection between the economy, recreation and open space here in the western United States. Protecting open space is beneficial for both residents and tourists alike, and in turn is good for local economies. According to the Colorado Division of… Read more »

The Colorado River Initiative: Spencer’s Cabin

Credit – Toby Sprunk A float trip on the Upper Colorado is an amazing experience – whether you are an angler plying for hungry trout or a rafter out on a summer day with a group of friends, the stretch from State Bridge to Dotsero in central Colorado is an adventure you will never forget…. Read more »

“Blue Trail” to be created on the Waccamaw River

Thanks to a generous grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, American Rivers, along with its partners, Winyah Rivers Foundation’s Waccamaw RIVERKEEPER®, and the Pee Dee Land Trust, will begin work in Horry and Georgetown Counties to create a blue trail on the Waccamaw River. The goals of this three year project are to… Read more »

A Weekend on the Congaree River Blue Trail

I finally did it. I finally paddled to the end of the Congaree River Blue Trail – in one weekend. After leaving cars at the take-out, we were on the river by noon on Friday and off the river by 3:00 on Sunday. We put in at the Cayce Landing and took out at Bates… Read more »