In The Beginning: A Brief History
It all began with a public meeting at the Pratt Museum in October 2011. A group of about 50 folks from Homer and surrounding areas gathered to learn about water trails and to explore the idea of creating one of our own - a Kachemak Bay Water Trail. Dave Brann's visit to water trails back East made him wonder, "Why not here in beautiful Kachemak Bay"? Next thing you know, Dave's request for assistance through the National Park Service, Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA) was approved. With that technical assistance, we began a journey to establish a 125-mile water trail from the Homer Spit to the City of Seldovia.
From the original group who gathered at the Pratt, the Kachemak Bay Water Trail Steering Committee members emerged. Active membership has shifted a bit over the intervening years, but a hardcore group of folks is still at it. Our vision is to promote "adventure beyond the end of the road" and our focus is to support the exploration, understanding, and stewardship of the natural treasure that is Kachemak Bay.
Graphics by NPS RTCA