Every weekend hundreds of people hit the Ocmulgee River for a three mile float from Dames Ferry down to Popes Ferry. These landings are often covered in trash, and dangerous to get in and out of.
Chad Childs, a Jones County resident, has a petition signed by nearly 10,000 people, supporting his effort to make both of these landings county or state parks. He hopes this will be enough to get Jones and Monroe County Commissioners on board with his plan.
Picking up trash at Popes Ferry is something Childs does all the time, but to him, it's worth the work.
"This is the last place we have, this is it before it all turns to concrete."
He's trying to save both Dames and Popes Ferry.
"What is there not to love about this place, this is one of the most natural settings that you can find in the river, it's just natural."
Neither of the two landings are safe for floaters.
"Three year olds, four year old, five year old kids, they can't walk up these steep banks. Older people can't walk down them as well, where people are sling down them, getting hurt."
Now that 'no parking' signs line the road for a half mile past the Dames Ferry entrance, floaters have to worry about dodging cars on the 55 mile per hour highway.
"It's just a dangerous intersection where people like to hit each other, because cars are kind of swerving to not hit the people and get away," says Childs.
Without any rules or regulations, there's no way to prevent accidents or keep these precious places clean.
"We could turn this place into an attraction for everybody, with people who are walking on their own two feet, or for people who can't walk at all," says Childs.