Friends of the Riverfront

Three Rivers Water Trail


The Three Rivers Water Trail is a system of 23 access points for non-motorized recreational boats on the Allegheny, Monongahela, Ohio, and Youghiogheny Rivers. All of the access points are available for public use, are free of charge, and require no registration or launch permit*.

Access points are marked with red paddle signs visible from both the river and road to guide users. The launches are docks, beaches, or ramps, depending on what is most appropriate for the site. Each access point has several amenities available to users. These may include a storage rack, public restrooms, picnic areas, or access to the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.

Friends of the Riverfront works to build, maintain, expand, and promote the Three Rivers Water Trail system. In 2010, the Three Rivers Water Trail was awarded National Recreation Trail status by the U.S. Department of the Interior. This designation is granted to trails that are considered to be locally or regionally significant, open to the public for at least 10 years, and practice proper management and maintenance.


*Additional sites maintained by the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission, please check for costs and requirements.