The South Shore Blueway Trail offers a wide variety of trip experiences for all skill levels. Trip options range from one‐hour, half‐day, to multi-site, multi-day paddling experiences.

Most day paddle trips take place within a 5-mile radius of the launch site. Paddlers travel about 2 to 4 miles per hour depending on skill level, currents and winds. For overnight or paddle-through boaters, the recommended distance between put-in and take-out locations is not more than 8 miles.

Trail routes are not classified by difficulty ratings, as these are extremely subjective due to changing water and weather conditions. The route maps illustrate major channels where greater caution is needed and recommends that boaters have an understanding of conditions as part of planning a paddle trip on the trail.