This 2019 Action Plan represents the vision of the Champlain Canalway Trail Working Group, a volunteer partnership that includes local and regional canal and trail groups, public agencies, and park and preservation organizations. The Working Group seeks to establish the Champlain Canalway Trail, a continuous public multi-use trail from Waterford to Whitehall. The Action Plan is designed to unify the region’s outstanding historic, cultural, natural and recreational assets and establish a world-class destination for residents and visitors.

CCTWG first convened in 2008 to find ways to complete the Champlain Canalway Trail. The initial conveners included Lakes to Locks Passage Scenic Byway and the Town of Halfmoon who received assistance from the National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA). The Working Group met with local communities and compiled ideas from dozens of maps and planning reports.

The 2019 Action Plan was sponsored and administrated by the Town of Stillwater and funded by a grant from the Hudson River Valley Greenway Community Grant Program. The Working Group again updated the existing conditions and developed a list of issues and opportunities along the proposed trail route. Trail segments were organized by individual community and, taken all together, the segments present a complete vision for the trail.