Sam Fowlkes
ACA Safety and Rescue Committee Chair
347 Paddlers Trail
347 Paddlers Trail
Sylva, NC  28779
T. 828 586-6563
F. 828 586-9649


ACA Champions of Water Trails
American Canoe Association
2005 Champions of Water Trails

Each year, the ACA recognizes those people and organizations responsible for establishing and maintaining premier water trails around the country as “Champions of Water Trails.”  Champions of Water Trails deserve special recognition for providing safe and enjoyable access to our recreational waterways, and for taking care of our natural resources. The 2005 Champions of Water Trails are:

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources – for establishing the Bartram Canoe Trails, an interlocking network of trails and camping platforms in the cyprus-tupelo swamps of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta in Southern Alabama.  For more information, contact:

Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
64 N. Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36130
(334) 242-3151

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission – for establishing the Big Bend Saltwater Paddling Trail, a 105-mile trail through remote saltmarshes and wetlands along Florida's gulf coast.  For more information, contact:

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Recreation Services
620 South Meridian Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1600
(850) 488-4676

The Washington Water Trails Association – for establishing the Cascadia Marine Trail, a spectacular open water paddling trail providing access to dozens of campsites along 2000 miles of shoreline in Washington's Puget Sound.  For more information, contact:

Washington Water Trails Association
4649 Sunnyside Ave N #305
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 545-9161

Knox County, Tennessee Department of Parks & Recreation – for establishing the French Broad River Blueway, a 102 mile trail on the French Broad River through the mountains of southeastern Tennessee.  For more information, contact:

Knox County Parks & Recreation
2447 Sutherland Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37919
(865) 215-2090

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources – for establishing the Janes Island Water Trail, thirty miles of trails through the marshes and crystal blue waters of the lower Chesapeake Bay.  For more information, contact:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
580 Taylor Avenue
Tawes State Office Building
Annapolis, MD 21401
(877) 620-8367

Janes Island State Park
26280 Alfred Lawson Drive
Crisfield, MD 21817
(410) 968-1565

The Lake Superior Water Trail Association of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources – for establishing the Lake Superior Water Trail of Minnesota, a 150-mile trail along Minnesota's Lake Superior coastline, part of a broader effort to ring the lake with paddling trails.  For more information, contact:

Lake Superior Water Trail
Waters of Superior
395 S. Lake Ave.
Duluth, MN 55802
(612) 729-9591

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
DNR Information Center
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155-4040
(888) 646-6367
The Action Team of Tahoe Tomorrow – for establishing the Lake Tahoe Water Trail, a unique trail along the perimeter of Lake Tahoe on the California-Nevada border.  For more information, contact:

Lake Tahoe Water Trail Committee
P.O. Box 612234
South Lake Tahoe, CA  96152
(530) 542-5651

The Maine Island Trail Association – for establishing the Maine Island Trail, a 325-mile trail along Maine's coast from Casco to Machias Bay.  For more information, contact:

Maine Island Trail Association
58 Fore St. Bldg 30 3rd Floor
Portland, ME  04101

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail – for establishing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile trail that follows historic Native American travel routes through New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Quebec.  For more information, contact:

Northern Forest Canoe Trail
P.O. Box 565
Waitsfield, VT 05673
(802) 496-2285

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, and the Delaware River Basin Commission – for establishing the Schuylkill River Water Trail, a Federally designated National Recreation Trail along 148 miles of the Schuylkill River in Eastern Pennsylvania.  For more information, contact:

Schuylkill River Heritage Area
140 College Drive
Pottstown, PA 19464
(484) 945-0200

Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission
1601 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Delaware River Basin Commission
P. O. Box 7360
West Trenton, NJ 08628-0360
(609) 883-9500

The Lancaster – York Heritage Region, the Susquehanna River Trail Association, the Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania, the Susquehanna Greenways Partnership, and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Recreation – for establishing the
Susquehanna Water Trail, a 440-mile trail on the West Branch, North Branch and main stem of the Susquehanna River in New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.  For more information, contact:

Lancaster – York Heritage Region
c/o Lancaster County Planning Commission
P.O. Box 83480
Lancaster, PA 17608-3480
(717) 299-8333

Susquehanna River Trail Association
P.O. Box 62023
Harrisburg, PA 17106
(717) 737-8622

Lumber Heritage Region of Pennsylvania
Cameron County Courthouse
20 East Fifth Street
Emporium, PA 15834
(814) 486-0213

Susquehanna Greenways Partnership
SEDA Council of Governments
201 Furnace Road
Lewisburg, PA 17837
(570) 524-4491

Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Rachel Carson State Office Building
P.O. Box 8767
400 Market Street
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8767
(717) 787-2869

the Thousand Islands Water Trail Project Team – for establishing the Thousand Islands Water Trail, a trail through the scenic Thousand Islands region on the St. Lawrence River in Ontario, Canada.  For more information, contact:

Thousand Islands Water Trail
c/o Thousand Islands - Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve
19 Reynolds Road
Lansdowne, ON K0E 1L0
(613) 659-4824

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