chapter  10
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Water-based recreation

Water in almost any form is an attractive feature in the landscape. As well as its aesthetic qualities it is highly valued as a recreation resource for fishing, bathing and boating. Planning for water-based recreation to cater for the often conflicting demands of various activities is essential. Zoning of a lake or river for these uses is frequently the main result of water recreation planning, which in turn determines the general layout and site design criteria for the area. Fishermen can cause a lot of wear and tear to the ground, so they often need paths, platforms and other features along the edge of the river, lake or pond. Game fishing involves access to the bank or shore and wading into rivers. Access routes and paths need to be planned and designed unless the use is low enough to involve little wear and tear.