Statenville Boat Ramp on GA-DNR agenda 2021-09-28

For years, there has been talk of a second Alapaha River boat Ramp in Echols County, maybe at Mayday on Howell Road.

The agenda for next Tuesday’s GA-DNR board meeting got my hopes up.

E. Land Committee
b) Approval to enter into an agreement with Echols County to lease the 2.2± acres, Echols County Boat Ramp

[DNR Board, Statenville Boat Ramp]
DNR Board, Statenville Boat Ramp

I called the Echols County Commission office. They have a new County Administrator, Laura Levesque.

She told me she is from Echols County, back after a long career in the Navy, which involved quite a bit of administration. Apparently she is also President of Echols Support Services, Inc., which has an office in Valdosta.

Echols County Administrator Laura Levesque says there is no new boat ramp, but periodically the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA-DNR) renews a lease for the county to do work at Statenville Boat Ramp. That’s a GA-DNR boat ramp on GA 94 just west of Statenville.

Statenville Boat Ramp on the WWALS map of the Alapaha River Water Trail.

On the phone we discussed that while the access road to Statenville Boat Ramp is on the state highway right of way, the boat ramp itself is on private property. I looked it up. The Echols County Tax Assessors website says the owner is Rayonier Forest Resources LP.

[Echols County Tax Assessors]
Echols County Tax Assessors, Parcel ID 028 001.

Interestingly, one of GA-DNR’s 19 board members is Miki Thomaston, “Manager of Technical Marketing at Rayonier Advanced Materials.”

[Miki Thomaston]
GA-DNR Board member Miki Thomaston

[Debbie Smith, 09:32:20, 30.7044533, -83.0326463]
Statenville Boat Ramp, 09:32:20, 2019-07-06 30.7044533, -83.0326463

In any case, if you want to attend the GA-DNR board meeting:

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