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

Clarks Hill Lake/J. Strom Thurmond Lake-Warren County

Classic South
46 S. Norwood St.
Warrenton, GA 30828
706-465-9604

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Clarks Hill Lake/J. Strom Thurmond Lake-Wilkes

Classic South
29 W. Square
Washington, GA 30673
706-678-2013

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Coastal Georgia RV Resort

Georgia Coast
287 South Port Pkwy.
Brunswick, GA 31523
912-264-3869

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Conasauga District of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest

Historic High Country
3941 Hwy. 76
Chatsworth, GA 30705
706-695-6736

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Cotton Hill Campground – Lake Walter F. George

Plantation Trace
427 Eufaula Rd.
Fort Gaines, GA 39851
877-444-6777

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Darien River Tours / Captain Phillip’s Charters and Tours

Georgia Coast
Broad St.
Darien, GA 31305
912-437-3410

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Dockery Lake Recreation Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
F.S. Rd. 654 off GA Hwy. 60
Dahlonega, GA 30533
706-745-6928

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Dog River Recreational Complex

Atlanta Metro
Georgia Hwy. 166
Douglasville, GA 30134
770-949-7617

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Doll Mountain Campground at Carters Lake

Historic High Country
1362 Doll Mountain Rd.
Ellijay, GA 30540
877-444-6777

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Duckett Mill Campground- Lake Lanier

Northeast Georgia Mountains
3720 Duckett Mill Rd.
Gainesville, GA 30506
877-444-6777

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Eastbank Campground – Lake Seminole

Plantation Trace
153 Eastbank Rd.
Bainbridge, GA 39819
877-444-6777

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Elbert County Wildlife Management Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
Off GA Hwy. 72
Elberton, GA 30635
770-595-4222

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Elijah Clark State Park

Classic South
2959 McCormick Hwy.
Lincolnton, GA 30817
706-359-3458

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Evans County Public Fishing Area

Magnolia Midlands
U.S. Hwy. 280 E.
Claxton, GA 30417
912-739-1391

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Faceville Landing Campground – Lake Seminole

Plantation Trace
Faceville Landing Road
Bainbridge, GA 39819
877-444-6777

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Field’s Landing Park

Historic High Country
600 Field's Landing Park
Canton, GA 30114
770-924-7768

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Flint River RV Park

Plantation Trace
801 West Shotwell St.
Bainbridge, GA 39819
229-246-5802

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Florence Marina State Park

Presidential Pathways
218 Florence Rd.
Omaha, GA 31821
229-838-6870

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Fort King George

Georgia Coast
302 McIntosh Rd.
Darien, GA 31305
912-437-4770

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Foxhall Sporting Club

Atlanta Metro
8000 Capps Ferry Rd.
Douglasville, GA 30134
770-489-4380

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Gainesville Marina

Northeast Georgia Mountains
2145 Dawsonville Hwy.
Gainesville, GA 30501-1005
770-536-2171

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George L. Smith State Park

Classic South
371 George L. Smith State Park Rd.
Twin City, GA 30471
478-763-2750

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Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park

Presidential Pathways
2459-A U.S. Hwy. 280 W.
Cordele, GA 31015
229-276-2371

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Glade Marina

Atlanta Metro
5400 Kings Camp Rd.
Acworth, GA 30102
770-975-7000

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Gordon County Parks & Recreation

Historic High Country
7494 Fairmount Hwy.
Calhoun, GA 30701
706-602-4435

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Grassy Pond Military Recreation Area

Plantation Trace
5360 Grassy Pond Rd.
Lake Park, GA 31636
229-559-5840

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Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary

Georgia Coast
10 Ocean Science Cir.
Savannah, GA 31411
912-598-2345

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Griffin Ridge Wildlife Management Area

Magnolia Midlands
Hwy. 301
Ludowici, GA 31316
912-262-3173

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Habersham Marina

Northeast Georgia Mountains
2200 Habersham Marina Rd.
Cumming, GA 30041
770-887-5432

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Hales Landing Campground – Lake Seminole

Plantation Trace
Hales Landing Road
Bainbridge, GA 39819
877-444-6777

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