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Water Access and Blueways

Whether on Virginia's Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, or the Commonwealth's lakes, rivers or streams, recreational waters are places of solitude, restful settings for picnicking, walking, jogging, sunbathing, swimming, fishing, surfing, boating, sailboarding and camping. With water access being one of the recreation resources in greatest demand throughout the Commonwealth, planning for these various types of water access is a priority. Because much of Virginia's shoreline is privately owned, to meet the growing demands on water resources indicated in the 2006 Virginia Outdoors Survey (2006 VOS), partnerships between private and public landowners are a necessity. Water access involves both motorized and non-motorized watercraft, fishing piers, bank fishing, beaches and natural water bodies suitable for swimming, natural area access, places to view the water, as well as water trails and blueways. Additional access to Virginia's rivers and streams is necessary to meet water-related recreational demands.