The Satilla River Water Trail
Come canoe or kayak on Georgia’s beautiful Satilla River. See some of South Georgia’s most pristine water trails and experience nature like never before.
The Satilla River Water Trail Partnership will be instrumental in coordinating and implementing activities and initiatives to ensure the Satilla River is a main component of a statewide network of water trails designed to promote recreation and outdoor activities for paddlers and river enthusiasts while providing sustainable economic growth in the region.
The mission of the Satilla River Water Trail Partnership is to encourage residents and visitors to celebrate the historic, scenic and environmental richness of the Satilla River.
- Paddling is an easy outdoor activity for many types of people
- The recent America’s Great Outdoors Initiative in 2010 found that Americans want access to their rivers, lakes and streams
- Communities benefit from increased recreation and tourism in their town.
- Paddlers see the conditions of the river and become advocates for clean water
- The river teaches paddlers about wildlife habitat
- Protections that can help keep the river clean can include improved zoning and buffer requirements, improved storm water practices, prevention of new water quality threats, and enforcement of water quality laws.
Tourism and Economic Growth
- The outdoor recreation industry provides 6.1 million American jobs, $646 billion in spending each year, $39.9 billion in federal tax revenue, and $39.7 billion in state/local tax revenue
- In Georgia, approximately 1 million paddlers participate in the sport
- More than 23 billion dollars is spent in the state on outdoor recreation
- Communities throughout Georgia are realizing the economic benefits of highlighting their waterways
- In 2002, the estimated impact of visitors to the Chattooga River was $2.6 million, with 60 jobs being supported by river recreation.
Satilla River Water Trail
- The Satilla River is among the last free-flowing rivers in Georgia. The river supports a significant number of plants and animals, including endangered and threatened species, and is an industrial and agricultural water supply for the region
- The first phase of the Satilla River Water Trail (SRWT) will run from the Hwy 121 Bridge in Pierce County to Hwy 301 Bridge in Brantley County, approximately 26.8 miles long. This includes 5 public access points with boat launches, including 2 highway bridge crossings
- Signage will be established in various locations and access points along the SRWT
- The trail will ultimately be 175 miles long beginning at Jamestown Landing in Ware County and continuing downstream along the Satilla River to Burnt Fort Bridge in Charlton County
- Counties along the water trail will eventually include: Ware, Pierce, Brantley, Charlton, and Camden County.
Take Home Points:
- Water trails have many benefits for relatively little investment
- Water trails can help diversify local economies
- Many Georgia communities are already taking advantage of the benefit water trails.
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