The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division recently was recognized by the States Organization for Boating Access (SOBA) with the State Boating Access Program Excellence Award.
“Since 2007, our agency has been working on the Georgia Bass Trail, incorporating the construction of large capacity boat ramps through partnerships between local and state organizations,” said Ted Will, assistant chief of fisheries. “These ramps provide not only increased and better access for all waterway users, but in many cases, provide an outstanding opportunity for local communities to attract large-scale tournaments and benefit the local area economically.”
The Georgia Bass Trail, part of the larger Go Fish Georgia Initiative, has seen the installation of 14 ramps completed with the final two ramps in various stages of development. These 14 ramps include 68 boat ramp lanes, 3,500 parking lanes, and associated service piers.
These sites have been used to successfully host major events such as the FLW Forrest Woods Cup and BASS Elite Series competitions on multiple occasions.
SOBA is an organization devoted to the acquisition, development and administration of public recreational boating facilities nationwide. For more information, visit www.sobaus.org .
For more information on boating, including boat ramp locations in Georgia, visit www.goboatgeorgia.com/boating .