DO IT: Boating

From Cruisers to Catamarans, Georgia Floats Your Boat

Boating is a popular recreational activity enjoyed by many Georgians across the state with 151
boat ramps available for use. Boating often goes hand-in-hand with fishing, but sometimes a
sunset cruise just to enjoy the water and the breeze is all you need.

Many Georgia State Parks offer boat ramps, docks, rentals and marinas. Some state park campgrounds and cabins even have adjacent docks. Water skiing, sailing and personal watercraft are permitted on large lakes; however, some parks on smaller lakes have horsepower restrictions to preserve the park’s tranquil setting and wildlife. Some facilities may be closed during drought, so check ahead. For added adventure, Stephen C. Foster State Park offers guided boat tours through the mysterious Okefenokee Swamp.

The Army Corps of Engineers operates 10 of Georgia’s largest lakes and their surrounding recreation areas. The lakes were created by damming once free-flowing rivers, and are used for water conservation, power generation and recreation. These lakes provide boating opportunities for every kind of recreational vessel from fishing boats and sailboats to pontoons and personal watercraft.

Georgia Power manages approximately 60,000 surface acres of water making up 17 lakes across the state associated with hydroelectric projects and is the largest non-government provider of recreation facilities in the state. Many Georgia Power recreation areas have boat ramps.

Of course, Georgia’s largest “pool” of water is the Atlantic Ocean which hugs 100 miles of the state’s coast. From Savannah to St. Marys, numerous marinas allow you to hire a captain and/or rent a boat to take out beyond the waves. You can become temporarily certified to operate a boat by taking a 10-minute video certification course offered by the marinas. Boat owners and renters in Georgia must complete this Georgia DNR-approved Boater Safety Training Course.

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Boating - Locations

Stephen C. Foster State Park

Plantation Trace
17515 Hwy. 177
Fargo, GA 31631-5004
912-637-5274

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Kolomoki Mounds State Park

Plantation Trace
205 Indian Mounds Rd.
Blakely, GA 39823
229-724-2150

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Indian Springs State Park

Historic Heartland
678 Lake Clark Rd.
Flovilla, GA 30216
770-504-2277

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Gordonia Alatamaha State Park

Magnolia Midlands
322 Park Ln./Hwy. 280 W.
Reidsville, GA 30453
912-557-7744

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F.D. Roosevelt State Park

Presidential Pathways
2970 GA Hwy. 190
Pine Mountain, GA 31822-2200
706-663-4858

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Crooked River State Park

Georgia Coast
6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Hwy.
St. Marys, GA 31558
912-882-5256

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Okefenokee Adventures

Georgia Coast
4159 Suwannee Canal Rd.
Folkston, GA 31537
912-496-7156

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Lake Chatuge

Northeast Georgia Mountains
U.S. Hwy. 76
Hiawassee, GA 30546
706-896-4966

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Boundary Waters Resort and Marina

Northeast Georgia Mountains
528 Sunnyside Rd.
Hiawassee, GA 30546
706-896-2530

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Snake Creek Park

Presidential Pathways
3940 S. River Rd.
Franklin, GA 30217
706-675-3821

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Lamar Moody Park

Historic High Country
2377 Lake Paradise Rd.
Villa Rica, GA 30180
770-459-7011

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Laura S. Walker State Park

Georgia Coast
5653 Laura Walker Rd.
Waycross, GA 31503
912-287-4900

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A.H. Stephens State Park

Classic South
456 Alexander St. NW
Crawfordville, GA 30631-2903
706-456-2602

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Acworth Beach/ Cauble Park

Atlanta Metro
2293 Beach St.
Acworth, GA 30101
770-917-1234

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Al Haslam’s Marina

Historic Heartland
100 NW Meriwether Point Rd.
Milledgeville, GA 31061
478-968-5461

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Alexander Park

Atlanta Metro
800 Old Snellville Hwy.
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
770-814-6054

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Allatoona Lake and Visitors Center

Historic High Country
1138 GA Hwy. 20 Spur
Cartersville, GA 30121
678-721-6700

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Allatoona Landing Marine Resort

Historic High Country
24 Allatoona Landing Rd.
Cartersville, GA 30121
770-974-6089

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Altamaha Regional Park

Georgia Coast
1605 Altamaha Park Rd.
Brunswick, GA 31523
912-264-2342

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Altamaha River

Magnolia Midlands

Baxley, GA 31513
912-367-7731

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Aqualand Marina

Northeast Georgia Mountains
6800 Lights Ferry Rd.
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
770-967-6811

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Aquamarina Lazy Days

Northeast Georgia Mountains
6700 Holiday Rd.
Buford, GA 30518
678-288-8916

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Armor Bridge Boat Ramp

Classic South
Brown's Ford Rd
Greensboro, GA 30624
706-485-8704

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Arrowhead Park & Bike Trails at Lake Tobesofkee

Historic Heartland
Columbus Road near U.S. 80
Macon, GA 31220
478-474-8770

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Augusta Riverwalk Marina

Classic South
1 Fifth St.
Augusta, GA 30901
706-722-1388

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Bahia Bleu Marina

Georgia Coast
2812 River Dr.
Thunderbolt, GA 31404
912-354-2283

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Bald Ridge Creek Campground – Lake Lanier

Northeast Georgia Mountains
4100 Bald Ridge Rd.
Cumming, GA 30041
877-444-6777

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Bald Ridge Marina

Northeast Georgia Mountains
1850 Bald Ridge Marina Rd.
Cumming, GA 30041
770-887-5309

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Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge

Georgia Coast
GA Hwy. 122
Folkston, GA 31537
229-482-3453

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Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge/Banks Lake Outpost

Plantation Trace
Off U.S. Hwy. 221
Lakeland, GA 31635
229-482-3453

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