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 »

Blue Trails Guide

Coming Soon: The Blue Trails Guide A river house on west creek, Waccamaw River, SC | Charles Slate We’re very excited to announce that we are completely overhauling and updating the Blue Trails Guide website. It will provide better resources and great ways for you to connect with your river. Stay tuned for a relaunch… Read more »

Water Trails as a Winter Wonderland

Today’s post is by guest author Susan Culp, Verde River project coordinator In the Verde River Valley, we rang in the New Year with a rare treat – a winter storm that brought a steady, beautiful snowfall, with accumulations measuring over a foot throughout many parts of northern Arizona. In the desert high country of… 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 »

Impact of Mountaintop Mining on Public Health

Today’s guest blog for our America’s Most Endangered Rivers® series is a discussion of public health near the Coal River from Pamela Johnson, a Registered Nurse: Take Action to Protect theCoal River Tell Congress to protect rivers like the Coal and put clean water and healthy communities over mining profits/operations! As a child, a stream… Read more »

Obama prioritizes rivers and blue trails in America’s Great Outdoors

You spoke, and the Obama Administration listened. This past spring, President Obama launched the America’s Great Outdoors initiative aimed at preserving our natural resources and promoting recreation, especially among youth. American Rivers rallied thousands of supporters like you nationwide to turn out across the country at official and homegrown listening sessions hosted by the administration. All… Read more »