Support growing for Water trail along Satilla

By GORDON JACKSON The Brunswick News
Thursday, December 10, 2015

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.

The Georgia River Network is among the organizations to support a water trail for recreational boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing.

“Water trails have many benefits for relatively little investment, and they can help diversify local economies,” said Gwyneth Moody, community programs coordinator for Georgia River Network, in a statement.

Worley said signs will be erected at the more than 10 access points along the route with information that will help paddlers know what to expect during their trip. Information will include information about water levels, tides, interesting sights, locations of the nearest ramps and hazards.

Safe and legal public access points along the trail must be established. River Network officials said at least two access locations in Camden County will allow the city of Woodbine and the county to benefit from the trail. There are currently 15 established and 17 developing water trails in Georgia.

“The Satilla River Water Trail will provide recreational opportunities, connect local and neighboring communities to the Satilla River and support a growing and vibrant tourism industry that provides jobs throughout the outfitting, hospitality and travel sectors,” Moody said. “Many Georgia communities are already taking advantage of the multiple benefits provided by water trails.”

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