Who We Are

Washington Water Trails is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose members love to be on and near the water. It was founded in 1990 by Tom Steinburn and Tom Deschner who realized that access to Washington’s shorelines were shrinking.

Washington Water Trails’ focus has been two-fold: to advocate for the right of public access to and from waterways and to steward the same waterways and adjoining shore lands. We do this by taking an active role in easing pressures by collaborating with all stakeholders while advocating for safe and legal day-use and overnight sites.

Spreading Information to the Public

Washington Water Trails Association partners with federal, state, county and city agencies, grassroots groups, private businesses, and citizens while engaging volunteers in stewardship to make shoreline access a reality for everyone.

Click-through our website and explore our trail systems!

Why We’re Needed

Washington’s tidelands and beaches are not all in public ownership. Public access is available at approximately 30 percent of our shorelines. As part of our community, you are an important partner in helping preserve public access along our waterways.

Our Mission

Through advocacy, education, and stewardship, Washington Water Trails Association protects and promotes public access to Washington waterways, shorelines, and marine trails for human-powered watercraft. With our efforts, we want to inspire current and future generations to enjoy and take a greater role in protecting our water ways, and ensuring public access.