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Canoe & Kayak Access Sites
Understanding Access Sites
Not all access sites have the same ease and convenience of use for varying degrees of physical abilities. The following descriptions are intended to guide the paddler in their choice of access sites to best suit their needs and abilities. (listed from easiest access to most difficult)
UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE LAUNCH
These developed access sites provide river access via a floating dock launch designed to provide extra assistance, which allows paddlers of all abilities to enter and exit the water safely and with relative ease.
These access sites provide water access via a paved or gravel ramp. Convenient parking is available and the sites are often equipped with on-site or nearby facilities and amenities.
These access sites provide a gravel or grass walkway of reasonable length from a parking lot to the river’s edge. The entry point to the river may be a gradual extension of the walkway or a gradually sloped natural riverbank. Facilities and amenities are not usually found on-site.
These sites are carry-in access sites that present some challenges to access the water, either by a lengthy (330 feet) non-groomed grass trail or a steep stairway, to a natural, undeveloped riverbank.