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From Russia to the Canadian Arctic, Tasmania to Patagonia, Justine Curgenven shares highlights from 15 years of sea kayaking trips on 6 continents. The award-winning filmmaker tells tales of adventure, lessons learned, wildlife encounters, and the kindness of strangers, traveling without leaving footprints, and silently engaging with nature. Hear hair-raising stories and life-affirming moments like being terrified on her first solo trip in Iceland, being swept away from land by strong currents, and coping with extreme heat in Indonesia. She’s survived thrashings in New Zealand’s surf, a whale lifting her kayak in Baja, and a naked bear encounter in Alaska. Justine’s talk is peppered with great photos and her award-winning videos.

This program will also be a fundraiser for Washington Water Trails Association – an organization working for access for kayakers and other human-powered craft.

Tickets will be available at the door for a $25 donation (We ask for at least $15 if you cannot afford the full ticket price.)

Click Here for more information and to RSVP (important):

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Tides and Currents Class

Andrée Hurley presents tides and currents, and how they affect sea kayaking.

Andrée Hurley presents tides and currents, and how they affect sea kayaking.

Our Tides and Currents class was a big success with about 45 attendees, raising over $1000.00! Thank you to all who attended.

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2017 End of Year Appeal


December 17, 2017

Friends of PUBLIC ACCESS to Washington Waterways:

As 2017 concludes and we begin to focus our sites on 2018 and beyond, I want to reach out to PUBLIC ACCESS supporters to say THANK YOU for continuing to invest in WWTA with your time, talent and treasure. Without our members, donors and volunteers, we simply would not be able to promote our mission and expand PUBLIC ACCESS through our advocacy, educational and stewardship programming.
As we begin our annual year-end appeal, I am pleased to share our progress in retaining and expanding water trails throughout our state. Washington Water Trails continues to be on the forefront for this vision. Public Access is the common denominator with stakeholders and without it; simply having the opportunity to enjoy our state’s waterways would cease to exist.
• WWTA continues to foster our partnering with local organizations to promote water trails and trail stewards.
• WWTA is seated on the steering committee for the creation of the “Sky to Sound Water Trail”, which is an 86-mile water trail system on the Skykomish, Snoqualmie and Snohomish Rivers into Puget Sound.
• WWTA will continue to lead efforts in 2018 to have the “Lakes to Locks Water Trail” designated as a National Water Trail.
• WWTA provides events, outreach and classes throughout the year to educate members and citizens of water trails, access and safety topics to advance our mission.
I encourage you to talk about organizations that you support with family and friends. Ask tough questions and have high expectations for those organizations you support, including WWTA. By your support, you will be helping to fund efforts to increase PUBLIC ACCESS to public waterways around our state so that all citizens will have the opportunity to enjoy one of our most precious natural resources.
On behalf of the WWTA Board of Directors, thank you for the opportunity to serve you and thank you for considering giving to our organization during our annual appeal.

I also want to thank the following people for their recent support in the office and on the board: Don Crook, Adam Brandt, Phil Philbin, Karen Scharer, Mike Macker, Kathy McGee, Rob Casey and Tomas Tabisola. We also have a private funder to thank for their support, and many others for their gifts on #GivingTuesday.

Best Regards,

Andree Hurley, President
Don Crook, Vice President
Adam Brandt, Secretary
Phil Philbin, Treasurer
Karen Scharer, Chair of the Membership Committee
Mike Macker, Chair of the Technology Committee
Rob Casey, Member of the Technology Committee
Tomas Tabisola, Board Member

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Nigel Foster’s Visit

Having fun with Nigel Foster and Kristin Nelson! We have a few board and committee members with us tonight: Treasurer Phil Philbin, Karen Scharer, President Andrée Hurley and Trail Committee Vice President Michael Silence!

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Giving Tuesday!


Tomorrow, the Gates Foundation will match donations for Giving Tuesday.

Any donation between 6:00am to 6:00pm on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 will be matched by the Gates Foundation!

Make a donation to Washington Water Trails Association by entering a donation amount, clicking on the “Make a donation!” button below, and then filling out the secure donation form. Your donation helps protect public access to waterways and valuable natural resources for generations to come.

Thank You!


Today’s gift can help safeguard public access to waterways for tomorrow.

WWTA advocates for access to the water, and works to keep our existing contracts with public agencies along the Cascadia Marine Trail, Lakes to Locks Trail and others.

Here are a few comments about our successes from a recent membership survey:

The Marine Trail is a true legacy to build on.

Getting people on the water and providing access.

Creating non motorized campsites and the guidebook.

State legislation work.

Keeping the whole trail system functioning

Long-term stewardship on Blake Island.

The Guide Book is an essential part of my trip planning. I support WWTA for their advocacy in State legislature and their organization of work parties.

Organizing work groups.

Securing manpowered beach-able watercraft only campsites.

The Cascade Marine Trail sites. The guidebook — print and online versions.

Working with state agencies to raise awareness and create opportunities for paddlesports.

The amazing campsites that have been made and kept available to paddlers. I loved the gear swap!!

Protecting the Lummi DNR site to help with maintenance.

Shoreline access and launching sites. Promoting non motorized vessel exploration of Washington waterways.

getting ‘the word’ out to everyone interested, re state-wide and local access points and signage.

The CMT Guide Book is amazing.
Anderson Island is one of my favorite camp sites I’ve been to in the past few years.

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George Gronseth and Paddling in the Wind

We are excited to announce that George Gronseth will be talking on wind – something we see on the trail almost every day!


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April Report

Blake Island Work Party
WWTA volunteers returned to Blake Island State Park for annual maintenance at the Cascadia Marine Trail campsite Saturday, April 8. They planted 1,500 dune grass starts and spiffed up the three tentsites for the coming season. Shout out to Paul Ruppert of Washington State Parks who transported volunteers by boat on a blustery day.

Claw back private shoreline!

The citizen evaluated and ranked WWRP Water Access Barnum Point purchase will not be funded under the State House of Representatives’ recent Capital Budget proposal which unfairly targeted and cut 15 WWRP acquisition projects. It was a top-ranked project that should have received funding under balanced funding allocation formula previously approved by the Legislature. This Island County property would create a 129 acre park with over a mile of PUBLIC shoreline. It’s the best mix of private, Whidbey Camano Land Trust, and public, Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program, funding. Stanwood High School students have donated $10,000.

Call 800.562.6000 or email your Representatives and forcefully let then know that the integrity of the program should be respected, that Barnum Point and 14 other valuable acquisition projects should be fully restored to WWRP.

Please note the brighter website with improved navigation and more information coming on the Cascadia Marine Trail. WWTA members no longer have to sign in. Bear with us as we make these changes and email us any glaring errors as we progress. Thank you
GiveBIG coming
Thank you to the thirty-nine WWTA donors who amassed $5,510 to be used as a 1:1 match for your generous 2017 GiveBig donations Wednesday, May 10th. More details coming soon.

Welcome to Washington Water Trails Association, where the public’s right to access Washington’s waters is paramount. WWTA is your advocate, working to expand, protect, and steward Washington’s amazing aquatic natural resources. Check the calendar for upcoming events; spring is right around the corner.

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