WWALS is pleased to see our neighbors to the east following suit and working toward establishing a water trail like the Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT). With time, the beautiful blackwater rivers of the coastal plains may become a paddling destination of choice for northern paddlers looking for a pleasant and scenic place to paddle in winter and for locals wishing to reconnect with their regional natural heritage.-Bret Wagenhorst, WWALS board member
Gordon Jackson, Brunswick News, 10 Decewmber 2015, Support growing for Water trail along Satilla,
WOODBINE — Organizers believe a proposed 175-mile water trail on the Satilla River could help Southeast Georgia meet the growing demand for outdoor recreation activities.
The Satilla River Water Trail would stretch from Pierce County to Camden County, with public access points with boat launches and highway bridge crossings.
The Camden County Commission joined a long list of municipalities from Pierce, Ware, Brantley and Charlton counties to express support for creating a water trail. They hope to take advantage of the growing demand for outdoor recreation activities in the state. There are more than 1 million paddlers in Georgia, and more than $23 billion is spent in outdoor recreation in the state each year.
Satilla Riverkeeper Ashby Worley said there’s still a lot of work to do, but “the trail is already there.”
“We’re getting there,” she said. “It’s a long river with a lot of public access points.”
A big reason organizers believe the trail will become a destination is the Satilla River is among the last free-flowing rivers in Georgia.
There’s more in that Brunswick News story.
Both the Alapaha and the Withlacoochee Rivers are also free-flowing rivers, as is the Little River except for the one dam at Reed-Bingham State Park. The ARWT and the WLRWT are projects of WWALS Watershed Coalition, Inc., the Waterkeeper® Affiliate for the upper Suwannee River basin.
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