WJ Launches Redesigned, Expanded Website

The Waterways Journal this week unveiled a complete overhaul and expansion of its website.

The site’s address,, remains the same, but users who were familiar with the old site will see radical changes in both the design and the amount of content.

Unlike in the past, when only three of a given week’s stories would be posted on the website, the site now includes virtually all of each week’s news and feature stories, including popular weekly articles like Washington Waves and the Old Boat column.

The site will feature vastly improved search capabilities, allowing users to search archived stories by name, category or author.

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Initially, the new site includes all of the stories so far from 2018. We will be adding to the archive to include stories from previous years as well.

In addition, the Classified Advertising section has been completely reworked, so the ads will be much easier to find and to read.

The site’s web store, where visitors can purchase books like the Inland River Guide and the Inland River Record as well as the WJ’s Stack Logo Poster and many other items, has been redesigned and improved.

Until mid-June, all of the stories, including stories from previous issues, will be available for free. At that point, a metered paywall will go into effect, which will allow access to only three stories per week—the same amount that were previously available, except now the user will be able to choose which three. Print subscribers will have unlimited access to the site and the archive, but will need to request access. Others will be asked to subscribe.

The site also includes access to the WJ Digital Edition, an electronic “page flip” version of the weekly magazine.

“The new site will allow The Waterways Journal to expand its reach and offer added value to its loyal print subscribers,” said Nelson Spencer Jr., WJ publisher. “We are excited about the possibilities but also cognizant that nothing will replace the weekly print edition that subscribers have enjoyed since 1887.”

The WJ plans to keep making improvements to the site, as well as continually adding to the already extensive archive. Come check it out at!