Prepare to Launch

The River Management Society and The National Park Service’s RTCA Program worked together to create Prepare to Launch! Guidelines For Assessing, Designing & Building Access Sites For Carry-In Watercraft. Visit their website to learn more about their work.

Prepare to Launch! is a resource designed to help facility and trail planners and park and recreation project leaders plan and build or update an access site tailored to the needs of canoeists, kayakers, tubers, stand-up paddlers, or small craft sailors. It guides a reader  through the development process from conception to design creation, and provides a variety of launch construction options.

Prepare to Launch! is available in four distinct formats to serve you and sharing with others in your office, meeting or in the field:

  1. Web version: Organized by chapter, featuring photo galleries and linked resources. Best for viewing online, via a tablet or mobile device.
  2. E-book:  Easy to use online book.  Best for skimming all contents.
  3. Interactive PowerPoint Presentation (.pdf format): Can be downloaded to access interactive features. Best for presenting to audiences.
  4. Chapter Breakdown (available here)See below for links to each chapter. Best for easy downloading.