Yesterday it was announced that the U.S. Interior Department has designated the Tualatin River Water Trail as one of the newest routes in the National Trails System. This designation has been years in the making and joins the existing Willamette River Water Trail as Oregon’s only two nationally designated water trail.
From Willamette Week:
The 35-mile stretch of the tributary that meanders through Washington and Clackamas Counties, forming much of the city of Tualatin’s northern boundary, is one of 30 new trails joining the federal network, which includes trails not just on the water but land as well. By definition, a water trail features multiple access points, resting places and attractions for users of people-powered vessels along lakes and rivers. They also involve shore land preservation and stewardship programs. (Read the full article)