Statewide Water Trail Program

Paddlers enjoy the Kiski-Conemaugh Water Trail.

Water trails link recreation and water conservation efforts. It’s no wonder that the PA Water Trails Program is led by the guiding principles of stewardship, conservation, and education.


PEC works in partnership with the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat CommissionPennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, and the National Park Service to direct the Pennsylvania Water Trails Program. With 26 designated trails established across the Commonwealth, the program has shifted its focus to marketing and maintaining a stellar system.

Managing the partnership, we lead strategic efforts and provide technical assistance to trail managers throughout the state. The top partnership goals include:

  • Developing trails that promote sustainable use of natural resources
  • Increasing and improving access to Pennsylvania Water Trails
  • Connecting water trails to land trails
Recreation water trails overview photo 2-Amy

Boaters prepare their kayaks for launch.

The program’s guiding principles are:

  • Partnership
  • Stewardship
  • Volunteerism
  • Education
  • Conservation
  • Community Vitality
  • Diversity
  • Wellness and Wellbeing

We don’t simply manage the statewide program. We also manage a trail (Tidal Delaware Water Trail), giving real trail management experience to those who head up the program.

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