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

Hamburg State Park

Classic South
6071 Hamburg State Park Rd.
Mitchell, GA 30820
478-552-2393

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Hampton River Club Marina

Georgia Coast
1000 Hampton River Club Dr.
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
912-638-1210

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Harbor Landing

Northeast Georgia Mountains
7000 Lake Lanier Islands Pkwy.
Buford, GA 30518
770-932-7255

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Harbor Light Marina

Northeast Georgia Mountains
1476 Harbor Light Marina Rd.
Lavonia, GA 30553
706-356-4119

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Hard Labor Creek State Park

Historic Heartland
5 Hard Labor Creek Rd.
Rutledge, GA 30663
706-557-3001

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Hart State Outdoor Recreation Area

Northeast Georgia Mountains
330 Hart Park Rd.
Hartwell, GA 30643
706-213-2045

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Hartwell Lake and Dam

Northeast Georgia Mountains
5625 Anderson Hwy.
Hartwell, GA 30643
706-856-0300

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Hideaway Bay Marina

Northeast Georgia Mountains
6334 Mitchell St.
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
770-967-5500

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High Falls State Park

Historic Heartland
76 High Falls Park Dr.
Jackson, GA 30233
478-993-3053

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Highland Marina Resort

Presidential Pathways
1000 Seminole Rd.
LaGrange, GA 30240
706-882-3437

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Hogan’s Marina

Georgia Coast
36 Wilmington Island Rd.
Savannah, GA 31410
912-897-3474

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Holiday Campground – West Point Lake

Presidential Pathways
954 Abbotsford Rd.
LaGrange, GA 30240
877-444-6777

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Holiday Harbor Marina

Atlanta Metro
5989 Groovers Landing
Acworth, GA 30102
770-974-2575

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Holiday on Lake Lanier Marina

Northeast Georgia Mountains
6900 Holiday Rd.
Buford, GA 30518-1465
770-945-7201

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Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area

Magnolia Midlands
1172 E. River Rd.
Jacksonville, GA 31544
229-426-5267

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Houlihan Bridge Boat Landing

Georgia Coast
GA Highway 25
Port Wentworth, GA 31407

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Hugh Gillis Public Fishing Area

Magnolia Midlands
Keens Crossing Rd.
East Dublin, GA 31027
478-296-6192

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Isle of Hope Marina

Georgia Coast
50 Bluff Dr.
Savannah, GA 31308
912-354-8187

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Jekyll Harbor Marina

Georgia Coast
1 Harbor Rd.
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
912-635-3137

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Jekyll Island Campground

Georgia Coast
1197 Riverview Dr.
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
866-658-3021

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Jekyll Island Wharf Marina Dolphin Tours

Georgia Coast
1 Pier Rd.
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
912-635-3152

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Jekyll Wharf Marina

Georgia Coast
1 Pier Rd.
Jekyll Island, GA 31527
912-635-3152

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Joe Kurz Wildlife Management Area

Presidential Pathways
7 miles outside Woodbury toward Gay
Gay, GA 30286
478-825-6354

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John Tanner Park

Historic High Country
354 Tanners Beach Rd.
Carrollton, GA 30117
770-830-2222

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KilKenny Marina

Georgia Coast
Kilkenny Rd.
Richmond Hill, GA 31324
912-727-2215

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Lake Allatoona

Historic High Country
1138 GA Hwy. 20 Spur
Cartersville, GA 30120
678-721-6700

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Lake Blue Ridge Marina

Historic High Country
335 Marina Dr.
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
706-632-2618

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Lake Burton Trout Hatchery

Northeast Georgia Mountains
3695 GA Hwy. 197 N.
Clarkesville, GA 30523-0346
706-947-3112

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Lake Carlton

Atlanta Metro
35 Lake Carlton Rd.
Loganville, GA 30052
770-814-6054

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Lake Conasauga Recreation Area and Songbird Management Area

Historic High Country
3941 U.S. Hwy. 76
Chatsworth, GA 30705-6378
706-695-6736

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