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

Bartow Carver Park

Atlanta Metro
3900 Bartow Carver Road SE
Acworth, GA 30101
770-974-6053

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Bartow Gatewood Park

Historic High Country
224 Bartow Beach Rd.
Cartersville, GA 30120
770-387-5163

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Bass Boat House Shop

Historic Heartland
140 Bass Rd.
Milledgeville, GA 31210
478-452-5112

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Bear Creek Marina

Historic Heartland
60 Bear Creek Marina Dr.
Mansfield, GA 30055
770-787-9621

[Total: 0   Average: 0/5]
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Beaverdam Marina

Northeast Georgia Mountains
1155 Marina Dr.
Elberton, GA 30635
706-213-6462

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Big Lazar Wildlife Management Area and Public Fishing Area

Presidential Pathways
Bunkham Rd. 4 miles east of Talbotton on U.S. Hwy. 80
Talbotton, GA 31827
706-845-4180

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Black Shoals Park

Historic Heartland
3001 Black Shoals Rd.
Conyers, GA 30012
770-761-1611

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Blue N Hall Marina & Boat Ramp

Georgia Coast
1510 Blue N Hall Rd.
Darien, GA 31305
912-264-7218

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Blue Ridge, Georgia

Historic High Country
152 Orvin Lance Dr
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706-632-5680

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Blythe Island Regional Park

Georgia Coast
6616 Blythe Island Hwy.
Brunswick, GA 31523
912-279-2812

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Bobby Brown Park

Northeast Georgia Mountains
2509 Bobby Brown State Park Rd.
Elberton, GA 30635
706-283-5500

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Bolding Mill Campground – Lake Lanier

Northeast Georgia Mountains
4044 Chestatee Rd.
Gainesville, GA 30506
877-444-6777

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Brunswick Landing Marina

Georgia Coast
1701 Newcastle St.
Brunswick, GA 31520
912-262-9264

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Bull River Cruises Eco-Tours

Georgia Coast
Hogan's Marina, 36 Wilmington Island Rd.
Savannah, GA 31410
912-898-1800

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Bull River Marina

Georgia Coast
8005 Old Tybee Rd.
Savannah, GA 31410
912-897-7300

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Bullard Creek WMA – Towns Bluff Tract

Magnolia Midlands
Bell Telephone Rd.
Hazlehurst, GA 31539
229-426-5267

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Bussey Point Recreation Area

Classic South
Double Branches Rd.
Lincolnton, GA 30817
877-444-6777

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Campers Haven

Presidential Pathways
1296 Campers Haven Rd.
Vienna, GA 31092
229-268-9076

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Capt. David Newlin Fishing Charters

Georgia Coast
10750 Ford Ave.
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
912-756-4573

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Carrollton City Parks

Historic High Country
118 S. White St.
Carrollton, GA 30117
770-832-1161

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Carters Lake – Calhoun

Historic High Country
1850 Carters Dam Rd.
Oakman, GA 30705
706-276-4891

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Carters Lake – Ellijay

Historic High Country
1850 Carters Dam Rd.
Oakman, GA 30705
706-334-2248

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Chattahoochee River- Gwinnett

Atlanta Metro
1978 Island Ford Pkwy.
Atlanta, GA 30350
770-814-6054

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Chatuge Cove Marina and Campground

Northeast Georgia Mountains
2397 Hwy. 175
Hayesville, NC 28904
828-389-6155

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Cherokee Mills Park

Historic High Country
6900 Bells Ferry Rd.
Woodstock, GA 30189
770-924-7768

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City of Hazlehurst

Magnolia Midlands
25 E. Coffee St.
Hazlehurst, GA 31539
912-209-8805

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Clark Creek North Campground

Atlanta Metro
5983 Glade Rd.
Acworth, GA 30102
877-444-6777

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Clark Creek South Boat Ramp

Atlanta Metro
5976 Glade Rd.
Acworth, GA 30102
877-444-6777

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Clarks Hill Lake/J. Strom Thurmond Lake – Lincoln Co.

Classic South
112 N. Washington St.
Lincolnton, GA 30817
706-359-7970

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Clarks Hill Lake/J. Strom Thurmond Lake – McDuffie County

Classic South
Clarks Hill Lake
Thomson, GA 30680
706-359-7970

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