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River Access Planning Guide

A Decision-Making Framework for Enhancing River Access

River Access Planning Guide is a document that provides a step-by-step process to planning for river access with recreation users in mind. The planning guide intends to serve as a resource for planners, river managers, and users as they approach site selection and design to establish new river access or improve existing access. The thoughtful planning and design supported by the planning guide will support and benefit public resource agencies, river managers, and private entities responsible for providing waterway access. View the Guide in one of two versions:

River Access Planning GuideEasiest to download (low resolution, 508 compliant)
River Access Planning Guide - Best for printing (high resolution).

The development of the River Access Planning Guide is a result of partnership between numerous nonprofit organizations and agencies. Contributors include the National Park Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the United States Forest Service, American Whitewater and River Management Society. Over the past few years the National Park Service and partners have supported a number of projects that address design and planning for waterway access. Check out the Recreation Management page for this suite of resources.

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