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Kayaking congressman seeks federal boost for marine trail

The island’s own kayaking congressman wants to raise the profile of Puget Sound’s Cascadia Marine Trail, a 150-mile long network of campsites for human and wind-powered boats.

The Washington Water Trails Association, the group that established and oversees the trail, says the federal designation that Congressman Jay Inslee seeks could have special meaning for Kitsap County. In June, the WWTA had to remove three Kitsap sites from the trail after county officials made it known that no camping – even the bare bones, low-impact kind the water trail users adhere to – is allowed in county parks.

Federal designation could give boost funding, protections and clout necessary to expand the network closer to the WWTA’s goal of over 150 sites.

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