Canoeing

Mississippi National River and Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
JoAnne Kyral

Native Americans utilized the Mississippi River for trade, food and water supply long before Europeans visited the “New World.” Its watersheds have shaped the continent and its cultures, and today the “Father of Waters” is still just as powerful as it once was. Millions of people get their drinking water from the watershed, and also use it as a playground, a shipping lane, and a political boundary. Millions of plants, animals and other living things thrive in the river’s ecosystem.

Park Open Info: 
Year-round (Monday-Saturday)
Park Closed Info: 
Year-round (Monday-Saturday)
Park Acreage: 
53775
Highest Point Elevation: 
1000 feet
Visitor Count: 
3000000
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Mississippi River; Saint Anthony Falls
Endangered Species: 
Higgins Eye Pearlymussel
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Minneapolis, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Davenport, IA; Rock Island, IL; Bettendorf, IA; Milan, IL; Moline, IL
Nearby Airports: 
Minneapolis-St Paul International Airport (MSP)

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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
John J. Donahue
Did you know the Delaware watershed provides water for 10% of the nation's population? The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is home to the Middle Delaware River, which passes for over forty miles between low forested mountains with barely a house in sight. The river then cuts through the mountain ridge to form the famed "Water Gap." Exiting the park, the river runs 200 more miles to Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean at Wilmington, Delaware. Swim, fish, boat, canoe, kayak, raft and tube at the park. The Middle Delaware is one of the cleanest rivers around!
Park Acreage: 
68714
Highest Point: 
Mt. Tammany
Highest Point Elevation: 
1527 feet
Visitor Count: 
5254216
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Delaware River; Historic Wallpack Center; Dutch Mines; Delaware Valley; Old Mine Road; Dingman's Falls; Silver Thread Falls; Raymondskill Falls; Historic Millbrook Village
Endangered Species: 
Bald Eagle
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Stroudsburg, PA
Gateway Communities: 
Stroudsburg, PA
Nearby Airports: 
Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)

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Middle Delaware National Scenic River

Superintendent Name: 
John J. Donahue
Did you know the Delaware watershed provides water for 10% of the nation's population?! The Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area is home to the Middle Delaware River, which passes for over forty miles between low forested mountains with barely a house in sight. The river then cuts through the mountain ridge to form the famed "Water Gap." Exiting the park, the river runs 200 more miles to Delaware Bay and the Atlantic Ocean at Wilmington, Delaware. Swim, fish, boat, canoe, kayak, raft and tube. The Middle Delaware is one of the cleanest rivers around!
Visitor Count: 
5052264
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Delaware River; Historic Wallpack Center; Dutch Mines; Delaware Valley; Old Mine Road; Dingman's Falls; Silver Thread Falls; Raymondskill Falls; Historic Millbrook Village
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Stroudsburg, PA
Gateway Communities: 
Stroudsburg, PA
Nearby Airports: 
Lehigh Valley International Airport (ABE)

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Chickasaw National Recreation Area

Superintendent Name: 
John F. (Rick) Shireman

There is a reason Chickasaw National Recreation Area is known as the “Peaceful Valley of Rippling Waters.” This beautiful park is full of mineral springs, cool water, flora, fauna, and wildlife. Visitors are taken back in time to the days when the early American Indian came to this area to rest, relax at the water’s edge and hunt for their food from the abundant wildlife.

Park Acreage: 
9884
Visitor Count: 
1343793
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Veterans Lake; Lake of the Arbuckles
Endangered Species: 
Bald Eagle; Whooping Crane; Interior Least Tern
Entrance Fees: 
Free
Nearest Major City: 
Sulphur, OK
Gateway Communities: 
Sulphur, OK
Nearby Airports: 
Will Rogers International Airport (OKC)

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Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway

Superintendent Name: 
Tom Bradley
Popular destinations for canoeing, boating, fishing, camping and hunting, the St. Croix and Namekagon Rivers offer 252 miles of clean water gliding past a lush green landscape, historic towns and spectacular scenery. Nestled between Minnesota and Wisconsin in a picturesque valley, the St. Croix River flows between bluffs of limestone and sandstone, beginning as a narrow gorge with steep vertical walls, then slowing and widening into the scenic Lake St. Croix. Choose to canoe and camp amid the north woods, or boat and fish surrounded by wooded bluffs and historic towns.
Park Acreage: 
67469
Visitor Count: 
521695
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Gibson Cabin; Soo Line High Bridge; Earl Bridge
Endangered Species: 
Higgins Eye Mussel; Wingged Mapleleaf Mussel; Blandings Turtle; Snapping Turtle; Wood Turtle; Five-lined Skink; Eastern Hognose Snake; Blue Racer; Bull Snake; Milk Snake; Timber Rattlesnake
Entrance Fees: 
No Entrance Fee
Nearest Major City: 
Minneapolis, MN
Gateway Communities: 
Saint Croix Falls, WI; Taylors Falls, MN; Dresser, WI; Shafer, MN; Centuria, WI; Osceola, WI; Cushing, WI; Almelund, MN; Lindstrom, MN; Center City, MN; Chisago City, MN; Balsam Lake, WI; Milltown, WI; Scandia, MN; North Branch, MN; Amery, WI; Luck, WI; Stacy, MN; Marine on Saint Croix, MN; Star Prairie, WI; Minneapolis, MN; St. Paul, MN
Nearby Airports: 
Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

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Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River

Superintendent Name: 
Dave Forney
The Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River stretches along approximately 73 miles of the Delaware River from Hancock, NY to Sparrowbush, NY. Most of the land in this unit of the National Park Service is privately owned. Rolling hills, riverfront villages, and bald eagles perched on trees form a vibrant backdrop as the Delaware River meanders gracefully through the rural countryside.
Park Acreage: 
74999
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Delaware & Hudson Canal; Roebling's Delaware Aqueduct; The Corwin Farm; Zane Grey Museum; Roebling Bridge
Endangered Species: 
Bald Eagle
Entrance Fees: 
No Entrance Fee
Nearest Major City: 
Beach Lake, PA
Gateway Communities: 
Narrowsburg, NY; Cochecton Center, NY; Beach Lake, PA; Milanville, PA; Lake Huntington, NY; Cochecton, NY; Damascus, PA; Bethel, PA; Tyler Hill, PA; White Mills, PA; Yulan, NY; Callicoon, NY; Kenoza Lake, NY; Hortonville, NY; Honesdale, PA; Eldred, NY; Hawley, PA; Rowland, PA; Lackawaxen, PA
Nearby Airports: 
Stewart International Airport (SWF)

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Missouri National Recreational River

Superintendent Name: 
Paul Hedren

Located on the border between Nebraska and South Dakota, the Missouri National Recreational River has an unparalleled history. Experience this ever-changing recreational waterway that American Indians, fur trappers, Lewis and Clark, and many others plied more than two centuries ago. The national scenic river protects the only two stretches of river between Montana and the mouth of the Missouri that remain undimmed. The Missouri offers scenic views, wildlife observation and exceptional recreational opportunity.

Park Acreage: 
34159
Visitor Count: 
167960
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Spirit Mound Historic Prarie;
Endangered Species: 
Pallid Sturgeon; Interior Least Tern; Piping Plover
Entrance Fees: 
No Entrance Fee
Nearest Major City: 
Yankton, SD
Gateway Communities: 
Newcastle, NE; Jackson, NE; Waterbury, NE; Maskell, NE; Allen, NE; Hubbard, NE; Dakota City, NE; South Sioux City, NE; Vermillion, SD; Sioux City, IA
Nearby Airports: 
Yankton

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Ozark National Scenic Riverways

Superintendent Name: 
Noel Poe

Located in the Ozarks area of south central Missouri, the Ozark National Scenic Riverway was created by an Act of Congress in 1964 to protect the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers. The clean, clear waters of these spring-fed rivers make up the Ozark National Scenic Riverways, the first national park area to protect a wild river system. Today the visitors use the park for many forms of recreation including johnboating, tubing, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, hiking, and camping.

Park Acreage: 
80785
Visitor Count: 
1491380
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
No
Park Sights: 
Alley Mill;
Endangered Species: 
Big-Eared Bat
Entrance Fees: 
No Entrance Fee
Nearest Major City: 
Ozark, AR
Gateway Communities: 
Fremont, MO; Van Buren, MO; Winona, MO; Briar, MO; Ellsinore, MO; Doniphan, MO; Ellington, MO; Mill Spring, MO; Grandin, MO; Gatewood, MO; Piedmont, MO; Alton, MO; Fairdealing, MO; Oxly, MO; Williamsville, MO; Martinsburg, MO; Warm Springs, AR; Naylor, MO; Riverside, MO; Harviell, MO
Nearby Airports: 
Fort Smith Regional Airport (FSM)

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Canoeing

Propel yourself down the Rio Grande River, across the swamps of Congaree, or through the mangroves at Everglades using only paddles and your muscle power. Canoeing is a unique way to explore the hard-to-reach areas of watery parks solo or with the whole family. Canoeing in national parks will literally float your boat, so click here for more information on how to plan your next trip!

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Yosemite National Park

Superintendent Name: 
Michael Tollefson
Yosemite National Park, one of the first national parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls and impressive granite walls. Within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can also find deep valleys, sprawling meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area, and the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada John Muir describes as "the heart of the world".
Park Acreage: 
747956
Highest Point: 
Mount Lyell
Highest Point Elevation: 
13114 feet
Visitor Count: 
3242644
Visitor Count Year Recorded: 
2006
Has Volunteer Program: 
Yes
Has Recycling: 
Yes
Has Shuttle System: 
Yes
Park Sights: 
Yosemite Valley; Bridalveil Fall; Yosemite Falls; El Capitan; Half Dome; Happy Isles; Mirror Lake; Mirror Meadow; Valley View Turnout; Tunnel View; Wawona; Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias; Glacier Point; Badger Pass Ski Area; Hetch Hetchy; Tioga Road; High Country; Olmsted Point; Tenaya Lake; Tuolomne Meadows
Endangered Species: 
Red-legged Frogs (threatened); Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs (threatened); Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep (threatened); Limestone Salamander (threatened); Giant Garter Snake (threatened); Great Gray Owl; Willow Flycatcher; Sierra Nevada Red Fox (threatened); California Wolverine (threatened); Thompson's Sedge; Yosemite Onion; Congdon's Lewisia; Congdon's Woolly Sunflower; Peregrine Falcon; Southern Bald Eagle; Yosemite Woolly Sunflower (threatened); Congdon's Lewisia (threatened)
Entrance Fees: 
Individual Pass: $10 (on foot, horseback, motorcycle); Vehicle Pass (valid for 7 days): $20; Commercial Tour Fees: $25-300 (varies depending on seating capacity); Yosemite Annual Pass: $40
Nearest Major City: 
Mariposa, CA
Gateway Communities: 
Fish Camp, CA; El Portal, CA; Mather, CA; Lee Vining; Oakhurst, CA; Bass Lake, CA; Wishon, CA; Ahwahnee, CA; Midpines, CA; Coarsegold, CA; Groveland, CA; Big Oak Flat, CA; Mariposa, CA; Auberry, CA; Soulsbyville, CA; Twain Harte, CA; Hayward, CA; Strawberry, CA
Nearby Airports: 
Fresno-Yosemite International (FAT); Merced Airport (MCE); Modesto City-County Airport (MOD); San Francisco International Airport (SFO); Oakland International Airport (OAK); San Jose International Airport (SJC); Sacramento International Airport (SMF); Reno/Tahoe International Airport (RNO)

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