MACON, Ga. (AP) — Authorities are exploring the idea of linking rivers in central Georgia to create a system of canoe landings, trails and other recreation activities.

Bob Rychel, manager of planning programs for the Middle Georgia Regional Commission, said boat ramps and multi-use paths along the rivers are relatively inexpensive but benefit communities, recreation and quality of life.

The study involves several rivers and floats a variety of ideas.

Among idea explored are whether the Ocmulgee National Monument property should be expanded. Officials say that could tie into a proposed National Park and Preserve, which would connect 50 miles of the Ocmulgee River from Macon to Hawkinsville.

Other areas being studied include the Ocmulgee National Monument, Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Robins Air Force Base and the Ocmulgee and Oaky Woods wildlife management areas.


Information from: The Macon Telegraph,