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Guidelines for newly designed, constructed, and altered recreation facilities issued by the ADA in 2002 require that all public boat launches, which include fixed and floating structures of all sizes, comply with ADA Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) standards. Copies of ADAAG for recreation facilities are available online at http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/ada/stdspdf.htm and may be downloaded as an Adobe PDF file.
This chapter addresses ADAAG standards that apply to launch structures and does not discuss operational issues related to boating facilities, such as accessible parking, exterior routes, and restroom facilities.
A Guide to Boating and Canoe Access Development in Illinois (IL DNR, 1998) provides information on developing accessible land-side facilities. Accessibility recommendations for trails and access routes may be found at http://www.access-board.gov/outdoor/outdoor-rec-rpt.htm in the Access Board's Proposed Guidelines for Outdoor Developed Areas.