The Gainesville Upper Lanier Water Trail is a 14 mile section of Lake Lanier and is a continuation of the Upper Chattahoochee River Water Trail. Five lake parks within the City of Gainesville serve as the perfect launch, landing or stopover sites for avid or beginner paddlers.
GAINESVILLE UPPER LANIER WATER TRAIL
PUT IN AND TAKE OUT LOCATIONS:
CLARKS BRIDGE PARK
3106 Clarks Bridge Road HWY 284, Gainesville, GA 30506
MILE MARKER: 54 GPS COORDINATES: 34°21'06.6"N 83°47'35.3"W
PUT IN/TAKE OUT: Tower Side at Boat Ramp or Beach Side at Bridge
DESCRIPTION / FEATURES: Site of the 1996 Olympic Rowing Competition; Swimming area; Fishing; Grills; Restrooms and Parking
2603 Old Thompson Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30501
MILE MARKER: 62 GPS COORDINATES: 34°20'04.1"N 83°51'13.2"W
PUT IN/TAKE OUT: Beach
DESCRIPTION / FEATURES: Picnic Pavilions; Beach; Fishing; Parking; No Restroom
STOPOVER POINT: COVE AT LINWOOD NATURE PRESERVE
415 Linwood Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501
Not recommended as put in or take out due to distance from trail head and parking
MILE MARKER: 62.9 GPS COORDINATES: 34°19'37.8"N 83°50'50.3"W
DESCRIPTION / FEATURES: Cove is within 29 Acre Linwood Nature Preserve; Trails; No Restrooms
20 Pearl Nix Parkway, Gainesville, GA 30501
MILE MARKER: 64 GPS COORDINATES: 34°18'15.2"N 83°50'53.1"W
PUT IN/TAKE OUT: Beach at Fishing Pier
DESCRIPTION / FEATURES: Parking; Restrooms; Picnic Pavilion; Grills; Fishing, Playground; Tennis Courts and Walking Trails; Link in Rock Creek Greenway which connects to Downtown Gainesville
LANIER POINT PARK
1579 Lee Waldrip Drive, Gainesville, GA 30501
MILE MARKER: 68 GPS COORDINATES: 34°17'48.9"N 83°52'14.4"W
PUT IN/TAKE OUT: Boat Ramp and Picnic Pavilion
DESCRIPTION / FEATURES: Parking; Fishing; Picnic Pavilion and Trails
For more information on the UPPER CHATTAHOOCHEE RIVER WATER TRAIL.
For more information on GEORGIA WATER TRAILS.
THINGS TO REMEMBER FOR YOUR SAFETY
Swimming is not recommended as NO LIFEGUARDS are on duty at parks.
Lake Lanier is very popular with motor boats especially on summer weekends. It is advised to stay close to the shoreline for safety.
Respect private property rights and park rules.
Always wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device).
Travel with a buddy – or at least inform someone of your paddling plans.
Carry food and water as necessary.
For more information: GAINESVILLE PARKS AND RECREATION: 770.531.2680.