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New guide maps out adventure on Altamaha
New guides for Altamaha available - photo by Photo provided.
SOCIAL CIRCLE — Enjoying the scenic Altamaha River, one of Georgia's most biologically diverse rivers, has never been easier. The Altamaha River Partnership, with support from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, now has an updated, informative guide to the 137-mile corridor.
The Altamaha River Canoe Trail Map & Adventure Guide highlights fishing, boating and watchable wildlife for all ages along the Altamaha, a system The Nature Conservancy describes as a global conservation priority.
This free-flowing waterway is inhabited by a range of animals including rare freshwater mussels, alligators, striped bass, American eel, catfish, gopher tortoises, white-tailed deer and more than 300 species of birds. Considered a paradise for photographers, birders, naturalists, fisherman and hunters, the river offers almost boundless recreation for everyone who enjoys the great outdoors.
"For many of us who grew up near the Altamaha, the river provided major recreation such as fishing and boating," said Constance Riggins, development director for the Altamaha Riverkeepers. "We enjoyed the river's wildlife and beautiful scenery. We created the guide so that others could share that, one of our area's greatest natural resources."
The guide helps call attention to the travel corridor along the Altamaha. "By creating a coalition of communities along the river, they have created a whole new way to find and enjoy nature-based tourism," Riggins said.
The Altamaha River Partnership is a coalition of state, regional and local representatives formed in 1998 to promote nature-based tourism and associated economic development opportunities in the 11 counties bordering the river. "This opportunity brings together people who might otherwise not know about the activities available," Riggins said.
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