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The planned River Park in Downtown Dyersburg will feature a floating canoe launch near the Main Street Farmers Market. The photo shows Jim Stark, John Ruskey and Ken Teutsch

discussing plans for the launch. Stark shares his vision on locating the dock in a unique slack water inlet that will allow paddlers safe access to the Forked Deer River. Ruskey is a professional canoe outfitter with plans to have a canoe livery near the Farmers Market. Teutsch recently completed an HD video of the 35 paddlers who made the float trip on the{phocagallery view=category|categoryid=4|imageid=137|float=right} Forked Deer River from RoEllen to the River Park and is currently shooting footage downtown for a promotional video for Main Street Dyersburg.

Local leaders were helpful in the recent Mississippi River Corridor - Tennessee application to National Park Service Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance program. The letter writing campaign was part of an application for technical staff assistance from the NPS to develop a Blueway (water trail) that would originate in Dyersburg on the North Forked Deer River, west to the Mississippi, then south down to Memphis. It is approximately 122 miles of Blueway. The Blueway is one component of a larger plan to establish a MRCT River Center and Dyersburg Outpost at the Downtown River Park Project.