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Terms Of Use

This World Wide Web site is provided as a public service by the National Park Service Chesapeake Office and Chesapeake Conservancy.

Information Ownership, Use and Distribution:

Information presented on this web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied. All documents and information may be freely distributed and used for non-commercial, scientific and educational purposes. Commercial use of the documents available from this server may be protected under the U.S. and foreign copyright Laws. Individual documents on this web site may have different copyright conditions that will be noted in those documents. Any communication or material transmitted to this web site by electronic mail or otherwise, including any data, questions, comments, suggestions or the like will be treated as public information.

Criteria for Inclusion

The purpose of Paddle the Potomac is to connect recreational paddlers with experiences of authentic natural, cultural, historical and recreational resources on and around the Potomac River where they can experience its history and enjoy its natural beauty.

The primary listings included within Paddle the Potomac are individual places which can be incorporated in the content management system (CMS). These places must have the following characteristics:

  • Located within Potomac watershed.
  • Have a dedicated focus on places to which people are directed to access, experience, enjoy, learn about and contribute to a particular Chesapeake-related natural, cultural, historical or recreational resource and its role in the overall Chesapeake story.
  • Owned or managed by a public agency (unit of local, state or federal government), state or federally recognized tribe or nation, or a non-governmental, non-profit organization.
  • Primary purpose of site management is conservation, interpretation, education, and/or recreation.
  • Open to public visitation for regularly scheduled daily or weekly hours throughout the visitor season. Associated with (included within) a national or state recognized landscape unit (e.g state or national heritage area; state or national trail; state or national park; state or national scenic river; historic district, etc.)
  • Must have sufficient visitor information for us to complete a Find Your Chesapeake listing - including an overview, hours, fees, activities, facilities, location and more.

Typical examples of sites include: national and state parks; state and national wildlife refuges and wildlife management areas; historic sites; historic museums; water and land trails; nature centers and preserves.

Photo Usage Policy

The National Park Service Chesapeake Office and Chesapeake Conservancy retain the rights to all images used on Some materials have been donated or obtained from individuals or organizations and may be subject to additional restrictions on use. Permission to use images from must be obtained in writing.

Interested partners, government organizations, nonprofit and educational institutions may use imagery, video and audio material for educational or informational purposes, including photo collections, textbooks, public exhibits and Internet Web pages by e-mailing Kelsey Everett with the following information: 1.) Name of Organization requesting permission; 2.) Contact person including mailing address, phone number and e-mail address; 3.) Intended use of photo (i.e. web, publication, slide show); and, 4.) duration of use.

System Monitoring:

This system is monitored to ensure proper operation, to verify the functioning of applicable security features, and for comparable purposes. Anyone using this system expressly consents to such monitoring. Unauthorized attempts to modify any information stored on this system, to defeat or circumvent security features, or to utilize this system for other than its intended purposes are prohibited and may result in criminal prosecution.

Content Accuracy, Completeness, and Usability of Information:

Information served here comes from a wide array of state, federal, regional, local, industrial, academic, and stakeholder partners. The partners make every effort to provide and maintain accurate, complete, usable, and timely information on our web site.


Partner-authored or produced data and information are in the public domain. While the content of most web pages is in the public domain, not all the information on our site is in the public domain. Some images/graphics are used by the National Park Service and Chesapeake Conservancy with permission. For other use, you may need to obtain permission from the copyright holder under copyright law.

Links to Web Pages:

You are welcome to make a link to any of the web pages we have published on the Internet. There is no need to request permission.

Disclaimer of Endorsement:

The documents posted on this web site contain hypertext links or pointers to information created and maintained by other public and private organizations. These links and pointers are provided for the user's convenience. The National Park Service Chesapeake Office and Chesapeake Conservancy does not control or guarantee the accuracy, relevance, timeliness, or completeness of this outside information. Further, the inclusion of links or pointers to particular items in hypertext is not intended to reflect their importance, nor is it intended to endorse any views expressed, or products or services offered, on these outside sites, or the organizations sponsoring the sites.


None of the National Park Service Chesapeake Office partners and Chesapeake Conservancy partneres nor any of their employees, contractors, or subcontractors make any warranty, expressed or implied, nor assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information or data contained within the web site. Reference within this web site to any specific commercial products, processes, or services or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation or favoring by the National Park Service.