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Community suggestions sought for proposed North Shore paddling trail

Parish leaders want suggestions for new paddle trail Parish leaders want suggestions for new paddle trail
COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) -

St. Tammany Parish residents are invited to offer additional input on the development of a blueways trail system in the parish. 

St. Tammany Parish Government, in partnership with the Louisiana Land Trust (LTI), the City of Covington and the National Park Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program (RTCA), have been working on a proposed Three Rivers Paddling Trail.

The project area includes the vicinity where the Tchefuncte, Bogue Falaya and Abita Rivers converge. 

The overall goal of the project is to develop a "blueway," or water trail, that is enhanced with launching points, signage and areas of interest for kayakers, canoeists and paddle boarders as well as providing environmental conservation to the area. 

Residents are invited to take part in a second round of community discussion on Monday, Sept. 14, at 6 p.m. in the Covington Council Chambers, and on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6.p.m. at Christwood Retirement Center to offer further suggestions.

Several new draft maps will be presented that incorporate the feedback given from the public and experienced paddlers. 

The new maps extend the system further north along the Bogue Falaya River.

For more information on the project, contact the St. Tammany Parish Government Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism at 985-898-3011.

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