Blue Trails Blog


April Webinar: Marketing Eco-Tourism In Your Community


Across the country, communities are creating and improving the infrastructure for people to connect with rivers through recreation. River and riverside trails, picnic areas, boat launches and local businesses along the river are bringing locals and visitors to river focused communities. River recreation and paddlesports are kickstarting local economies, getting kids and families outdoors, and generating a new appreciation for communities from east to west. Read more…

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Waccamaw River Blue Trail Update – Enhancing Ecotourism Along the Grand Strand

It’s a really exciting time for the Waccamaw River Blue Trail! We have a strong partnership with a local chamber of commerce that has worked over the last several years to promote ecotourism and build support for conservation along the Waccamaw River Blue Trail, South Carolina’s only National Water Trail. To help further improve ecotourism to the Waccamaw River and Georgetown County, we have worked with our partners to connect tourists, the community and area businesses together and demonstrate the importance of the Waccamaw River to the local way of life and economy.

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Expand and Identify Your Audience


American Rivers recently hosted a Blue Trails Webinar as part of this year’s series of outreach and support for partner organizations. As the first installment of a two-part series on communications and messaging, Intermountain West Communications Director Sinjin Eberle presented some insights that American Rivers has been developing around expanding our audience, which may be helpful for your organization as well. Watch it today!


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Get Your Paddle’s Ready!

Today’s post is by guest blogger Susan Culp, a consultant serving as Verde River Project Coordinator for American Rivers.

Calling all American Rivers members: the Verde River Runoff, an annual kayak and canoe race held in Camp Verde, Arizona, is almost around the corner! This year’s race is scheduled for March 19th, and with the significant rain and snowfall that central and northern Arizona has been experiencing during this El Nino year, Verde River flows promise to be at an exciting and challenging level.

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South Carolina’s Ashley River Blue Trail featured in Canoe & Kayak Magazine

This article was written by David Kuczkir and appeared originally in Canoe & Kayak Magazine’s digital edition.


­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­The Lowcountry is truly a unique place. A low-lying coastal area stretching from Charleston, South Carolina, to Hilton Head Island, the Lowcountry is replete with virginal barrier islands, rare and exotic wildlife, and resplendent waterways. Read more…