Water Trails & Paddling


Find information here about Launch Kiosks, Roadway Signage, River Signage, Dam and Portage Signs, Campsite Signage, and more!


Launch Signage & Kiosks
Material to Include in Launch Kiosks:
Etowah River Water Trail – Lake Mounds Canoe & Kayak Launch Kiosks- Cartersville, GA
Roadway Signage
Currently there are various individual or project signs, but we are not aware of a model that cities and counties can use on their roadways that will create one visually recognizable graphic for the public to look for when driving to water trails in Georgia.
A Signage Packet is now available to inform water trail groups about the appropriate steps to take when looking to design and fabricate signs in the right-of-way belonging to Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and signs in the right-of-way belonging to counties and cities.  These signs are to GDOT specifications; they were designed by Stan Armstrong, the GDOT state sign manager.  Guidance on how to prepare the signs for your water trails are included in this package.
Please direct questions/comments to Gwyneth Moody – Georgia River Network – gwyneth@garivers.org
River Signage
  • Interpretive Signs (Flora/Fauna/ Historical/ Cultural/Natural History Identification signs at the access points or along the Water Trail) Example: Yellow River Water Trail
  • Mile Markers Example: Chattahoochee River National Water Trail, Broad River Water Trail
Dam & Portage Signage
Signs should be placed upstream of dams and other hazardous features that might challenge paddlers. A portage sign should be placed at the trail or best point to walk around hazards or rapids.
Campsite Signage
Important to mark where camping is and is not allowed for trails that have the potential for an overnight distance.
Additional Resources
Signage Manual from Iowa Water Trails Toolkit
Signage Resources from American Rivers
Georgia River Network

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