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Tuesday, August 7, 2012 - 7:02am

Study Targets Water Recreation

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

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

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

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

Among other areas being studied: Bond Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Robins Air Force Base and the Ocmulgee and Oaky Woods wildlife management areas.