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Ocmulgee River Water Trail Partnership

This project represents successful regional intergovernmental coordination, quality of life enhancement through appropriate land use practices, increased economic development opportunities as well as protection of natural, cultural and historic resources.

The Ocmulgee River Water Trail Project started in 2010 as a partnership between the counties of Bleckley, Houston, Twiggs, and Pulaski and the City of Hawkinsville. The first phase of the water trail was completed in 2010. The success of the Phase 1 Ocmulgee Water Trail led to discussions about expanding it to include a 200 mile section of river from Macon to the start of the Altamaha River near Lumber City in Telfair County.

Project partners involved in the discussion were as follows: NewTown Macon, Ocmulgee National Monument, Ocmulgee National Park and Preserve Initiative, Middle Georgia Regional Commission, Southern Georgia Regional Commission, Heart of Georgia Altamaha Regional Commission, Robins Air Force Base, GA Canoeing Association, Hawkinsville River Advisory Group, Hawkinsville/United Pulaski E. D. & COC, Counties of Bibb, Twiggs, Houston, Bleckley, Monroe, and Pulaski, Rivers Alive/Hawkinsville, Ocmulgee River Conservation Association, Altamaha River Partnership, City of Fitzgerald Tourism Office, City of Perry, City of Woodbine, City of Hawkinsville, UGA Archway Foundation, GA Dept. Economic Development, GA DNR, Bond Swamp NWR, Cochran/Bleckley Chamber of Commerce, GA Wilderness Society.

The outcome of these discussions was to create an Ocmulgee Water Trail Partnership (OWTP). To date, county representatives have been appointed, bylaws drafted and adopted, officers elected, a website established, a logo created, and an informational brochure developed.

The 200 mile Ocmulgee River Water Trail will be a premier destination for paddlers and river enthusiasts that will provide a variety of recreational activities and promote local and regional economic improvements. It is also important to note that the Ocmulgee Water Trail Partnership project is consistent with the goals and priorities of the State Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) of protecting open space, wetland preservation, and the provision of linkages between parks and recreation facilities.

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