Cascadia Marine Trail, A salt water trail that stretches over 140 miles, from the Canadian border on the north to southernmost Puget Sound near Olympia. The CMT includes 58 campsites which are open to people arriving in non-motorized beachable watercraft, as well over 100 legal access points.
Kitsap Peninsula Water Trail , a celebrated segment of the Cascadia Marine Trail, opens over 350 miles of saltwater shoreline on western Puget Sound and Hood Canal to modern day exploration. Kitsap is a destination because of its unique marine environments, natural scenic beauty of mountains and sound, migrating marine mammal populations, and friendly and inviting ports and towns stepped in tradition.
Lakes to Locks Water Trail, a day-use “blue trail” with over 120 shoreline access points that connects Lake Sammamish, the Sammamish river, Lake Washington, the ship canal , and Lake Union with the shores of Elliott Bay and Puget Sound.
The Tapteal Water Trail (TWT) mirrors the land side Tapteal Greenway Trail (TGT) through the lower Yakima River, beginning and ending at almost exactly the same locations. While the landward TGT will “begin” at Bateman Island and count mileage going upstream on its way to Benton City, the TWT will begin at Benton City Landing near the Conoco station in Benton City and count downstream before ending at Bateman Island – a distance of slightly over 30 miles. This project is funded by a grant from REI.
Greater Columbia Water Trail, the GCWT encompasses 500 + miles of water trails. From the Tri-Cities in south central Washington, and north all the way to the Canadian border, it spans over 400 miles on the Columbia River as well as passage on two of its tributaries: 18 miles on the Similkameen River and 82 miles on the Okanogan River. The trail is most easily described, in sections broken by the location of dams: the northeastern is Lake Roosevelt (by the Idaho border); the northwestern segment runs along the Similkameen and Okanogan rivers, from Oroville to the confluence of the Okanagan River and the Columbia River near Brewster, Washington; the central segment runs from Grand Coulee Dam to Rock Island Dam; and, the southern segment runs from Rock Island Dam to the Tri-Cities. Go to the GCWT Sections Map.
Willapa Bay Trail – This southwest Washington water trail is unique and remote, abutting some of the most beautiful spots on the Bay’s shoreline and opening onto the broad wildness of the Pacific Ocean. There’s something for all water lovers from sandy beaches, dune grasslands, coastal pine forests, and wildlife at play to opportunities to explore industries of old and vibrant modern communities. Be aware of the tides. At low tide approximately one-half of the water is gone from the Bay, leaving an amazing mud flat.
Lower Columbia River Water Trail, a 146-mile water trail from Bonneville Dam to the Pacific Ocean that people in non-motorized boats can safely travel for day or overnight explorations.
Northwest Discovery Water Trail, a cross-section of the Inland Northwest on the Clearwater, Snake and Columbia Rivers, includes 367 miles of the region’s cultural and natural wonders.
The Pend Oreille River Water Trail is located in the northeastern part of Washington State, running from Oldtown, Idaho to the Boundary Dam, just one mile shy of British Columbia, Canada. The Pend Oreille River is one of the few major rivers in the United States that flows north, making it something you have to experience.
More water trails are in the planning stages.