State Studies Feasibility Of Whitewater Project

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas tourism officials are studying the feasibility of developing a $50 million outdoor recreation center near Lawrence that would include whitewater rafting, zip lines and other high-adrenaline activities.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism officials are hosting leaders of the North Carolina-based U.S. National Whitewater Center this week to see if a project at Clinton Lake State Park is worth pursuing.

Wildlife secretary Robin Jennison says the state needs to be more aggressive in offering nontraditional outdoor activities to keep up with the changing tastes of tourists. He says a Clinton Lake development could also include hiking trails, canoeing and kayaking.

Jennison says the project would be the second-biggest thing the state has done for tourism, behind only the NASCAR track in Wyandotte County.

Posted by Greg Palmer