A plan for a "water trail" to surround the San Francisco Bay has been awarded $1 million by the California Coastal Conservancy, officials announced Thursday (March 17).
The water trail will accommodate users of small, non-motorized boats, including kayaks, canoes, rowboats, dragon boats, whale boats, sculls, windsurf boards and kiteboards.
The funding will be used by the Association of Bay Area Governments to develop and improve water-trail sites, provide information about the trail, promote safe boating practices and wildlife protection, and plan for the trail's continued development.
The conservancy also adopted a plan to designate launching and landing sites on the shores of all nine Bay Area counties, according to agency officials.
The plan identified 112 potential sites, of which 95 are already in use and almost all are publicly owned, the conservancy said. Inclusion of any site in the water trial would be voluntary.
Water-trail sites are expected to be dedicated starting this fall, conservancy officials said. Plans for the water trail have been in development since 2005.
"There are a growing number of people who enjoy the Bay on kayaks and canoes, but little coordination among the existing sites that provide access to open water," Doug Bosco, chair of the conservancy, said in a statement.
"Our goals are to inform people about how to get onto the Bay and to make their use of the Bay a more rewarding and safer experience," he said.