The Rock River Water Trail, which flows from Wisconsin into Illinois, has been named to the National Water Trail System, which should increase awareness of the recreational opportunities on the 320-mile stream.

To win designation as a National Water Trail, all 155 access sites and amenities for the trail in 11 Wisconsin and Illinois counties had to be inventoried and mapped. The resulting maps, developed by the Rock River Trail Initiative Council, can be found online at rockrivertrail.com.

Benefits of the designation include national promotion and possible funding for water trail projects. To retain its designation the Rock River Water Trail must be maintained as a public resource.