• Ideas to be explored further tonight in public meeting 7-9 p.m. at city hall
By Randi Somers
The newly formed “Kachemak Bay Water Trail Association” is exploring the idea of mapping a route for adventures from the Homer Spit up the north side of the bay, then across the head of the bay and down to Seldovia before it ends again in Homer.
The trail map would identify landing and launch sites, facilities at each site such at campsites, tent platforms, yurts, outhouses and fresh water availability. One of the goals would be to promote Kachemak Bay as a world class kayaking, rowing and small boat destinations, said Dave Brann, one of the organizers.
“The trail would promote stewardship of the bay and its resources, conservation ethics, environmental education, cultural awareness and especially water safety. The trail would be approximately 125 miles long, depending on what nooks and crannies the boater decided to explore,” Brann said.
So far, there has been one meeting of a few interested folks to “test the waters,” so to speak. It is a loose-knit group of people interested in the concept. A second meeting is planned for today, Wednesday, July 6, at the Cowles City Council Chambers from 7-9 p.m. The purpose is to introduce the concept to the general public. They also would like to identify people interested in participating and discuss how to progress from there. “In other words, to brainstorm possibilities,” Brann said.
Brann envisions information-gathering over the summer and over the winter to develop maps, site inventories and maybe even a website.
For general information on water trails elsewhere, google Coastal Water Trails and Chesapeake Gateways, Water Trails Toolbox. Another example is the Maine Island Trail.
He said he anticipates that once a trail is identified, people will come to do it end-to-end, much like the Appalachian or Pacific Crest Hiking Trails.
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