The Ohio River Trail Council supports improved canoe, kayak and rowing access to the Chartiers Creek, Beaver River, Little Beaver Creek, Ohio River and Raccoon Creek. The Ohio River Water Trail Corridor communities to interconnect are Aliquippa, Ambridge, Baden, Beaver, Beaver Falls, Big Beaver, Bridgewater, Center Township, Eastvale, Fallston, Freedom, Hopewell Township, Industry, Leetsdale, Monaca, Moon Township, Neville Township, Midland, New Brighton, Ohioville, Potter Township, Rochester, Sewickley, South Heights and White Twp, Pa. The council supports the design, construction and the installation of kayak/canoe launch sites with storage racks and other amenities including signage, picnic tables, benches, mile markers and bike racks. Bike racks are provided for the use by the Pedal & Paddle enthusiasts. This project is funded, in part, through the Port of Pittsburgh Commission and the National Park Service.
The Ohio River Trail Blueways Project protects rivers and clean water. In addiiton, water trails benefit disadvantaged kids, provide economic growth, promote healthy lifestyles, fishing, paddling, and other recreation. The Ohio River Trail Council is calling on the President and Congress to make river protection and blueways a priority in the America’s Great Outdoors initiative.
The Ohio River Water Trail (ORWT) website is under construction but can be found at http://water.ohiorivertrail.org/