What Is the Role of Water-based Transportation in Our National Parks?
Water transportation alternatives improve visitor access to attractions inside NPS units and surrounding gateway communities. Many visitors come to enjoy the variety of water recreational opportunities that many NPS units provide, including fishing, boating, and swimming. Park staff can also use water transportation to provide interpretive tours and other educational services. As visitation to national park units increases, the resulting traffic congestion causes air and noise pollution, haze, and impacts to cultural and natural resources including dunes, beaches, marshes, and freshwater areas. Water-based transportation alternatives help further NPS sustainability efforts. Download Fact Sheet | PDF Format | 191Kb