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    Learn about the Water Trail and Bay Trail at REI!

    Learn more about paddling, rowing, biking, jogging, birdwatching, and strolling on and around SF Bay. Classes will be held 7/16 at San Carlos REI, 7/29 at San Francisco REI, and 7/30 at Saratoga REI. All classes are from 7-8:30pm.

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    Water Trail Grant Program

    The Water Trail program is now accepting grant applications.

    Link to Water Trail grant program information

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Welcome to the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail! The Water Trail program is an ongoing effort to create a network of launch and landing sites, or “trailheads,” to inspire people in human-powered boats and beachable sail craft to enjoy the historic, scenic, cultural, and environmental richness of San Francisco Bay through multiple-day and single-day trips on the Bay.

The Water Trail is a regional trail linking nine counties in the Bay Area. It joins three other regional trail systems:

San Francisco Bay Trail — a 500-mile shoreline trail around San Francisco Bay

Bay Area Ridge Trail — a 550+-mile trail for hikers, mountain bicyclists, and equestrians along the ridgelines overlooking San Francisco Bay

California Coastal Trail — a network of public trails along the 1200-mile California coastline

The Water Trail is different from these other trails in several respects. It is non-linear and on the water — the possibilities for recreation and exploration are dependent on your ability, boat preference, Bay conditions, and the experience you are seeking.