Macon Highway Boat Launch Project

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Project Overview

The Macon Highway Boat Launch Project, proposed to be located on Macon Highway and near Lumpkin Street, compliments the one located at Ben Burton Park and completes the first segment of the Middle Oconee Water Trail in Athens-Clarke County.  It would provide access to the Oconee River for canoes and kayaks. The project is funded through SPLOST 2020 and is under consideration for a Land and Water Conservation Grant Fund opportunity. 

What's Next for the Project?

Detailed engineering drawings (schematic designs) have been designed to reflect previous public input comments from March 2021. The public is invited to review and comment on these designs.

Public Meetings for Schematic Designs:

  • Thursday, May 12, 6:7:30pm 
  • Saturday, May 14, 10-11:30am
  • Monday, May 16, 6-7:30pm

Each meeting is a drop-in event and will take place at Ben Burton Park. Staff will be available to answer questions and receive public input.

Online survey will be open May 2, 2022 at midnight - May 22, 2022 at 11:59pm.

Public input results will be presented to the Mayor and Commission in June 2022.

Project Timeline to Date:

March 21 - April 6,2021 - Public Input Open via Online Survey

March 2021 - Public Meetings to discuss Project

  • March 25, 6-7:30pm - Ben Burton Park Pavilion
  • March 27, 10-11:30am - Ben Burton Park Pavilion
  • March 29, 6-7:30pm - Webex  

April 13, 2021 - Project presented at Mayor and Commission Work Session Meeting

May 4, 2021 - Mayor and Commission vote on project concept at  Regular Session Meeting

November 1 -  December 3, 2021 - Environmental Assessment available for Public Comment at Leisure Services Listens, email to, or fax 706-613-3804.

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For more information, contact or call 706-613-3801.