The Three Rivers Water Trail is a series of 30(+) river access points along the Allegheny, Ohio, Monongahela, and Youghiogheny Rivers, created and stewarded by Friends of the Riverfront. These access points are places where users can launch non-motorized boats such as kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards. All of these sites are available for public use, free, and require no registration or launch permit.* Each boat launch is designated by a red paddle sign that can be seen from the river as well as the launch site. Most of these access points have boat racks and interpretive signage to allow users to store their boat as well as learn more about the history of Pittsburgh. The Three Rivers Water Trail encourages people to experience the unique mix of nature and the industrial past in and around Pittsburgh.
*Additional sites maintained by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, please check for costs and requirements.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of the Interior awarded Three Rivers Water Trail National Recreation Trail status. This designation is granted to trails that are locally or regionally significant, open to the public for at least 10 years, and practice proper management and maintenance.