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The Chesapeake Bay has an incredible 11,000 miles of shoreline, roughly equal to the length of the entire West Coast of the United States. But only 2 percent of it is open to the public. The rest is either privately owned or publicly owned but with restrictions on its use. We explore the push by local outdoor enthusiasts -- and President Barack Obama -- to create more places along the shore where the public can swim, fish and boat.
Average length of public access shoreline in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. See detailed map.