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Places to Paddle, Kayak, Canoe in Georgia

Kayaking & Canoeing in Georgia - Kayaking, Canoeing

Click on the links below to find some of the best places to kayak, canoe and paddle in Georgia. Kayaking and canoeing locations include Georgia State Parks, the Chattahoochee River and the Altamaha River trail.

Paddling locations are on rivers and lakes. Some places require a fee or permit so check before you paddle.

If you have a favorite place to paddle in Georgia, please send it to us using our Contact Page. We'll post it here on our Places to Paddle in Georgia Page.


National Parks

Boating on the Chattahoochee - click here

The 48 miles of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area is available for raft, canoe, kayak, use year round.

Cumberland Island National Seashore - click here

Cumberland Island is Georgia's largest and southernmost barrier island. According to the website, Kayaking is a great way to enjoy the marsh area.


Georgia State Parks

Park Paddler’s Club - click here

Georgia State Parks also offers a

Park Paddlers Club

. The Park Paddler’s Club includes six state parks with waterways ranging from tidal rivers to the Okefenokee Swamp. Members can earn a bragging-rights t-shirt by paddling all 22 miles at Crooked River, George L. Smith, Magnolia Springs, Reed Bingham, Stephen C. Foster and Sweetwater Creek state parks.

Below is a list of State Parks that allow boating on their lakes and rivers. Some parks offer kayak and canoe rentals.

Click here to find the State Parks listed below:

Bobby Brown State Park,
Elberton, GA

The park’s location is on the largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River

Crooked River State Park,
St. Marys, GA

Elijah Clark State Park
Lincolnton, GA

70,000-acre Clarks Hill Lake

F.D. Roosevelt State Park,
Pine Mountain, GA

There are two lakes at this park. Lake Delanor and Lake Franklin

Florence Marina State Park
Omaha, GA

45,000-acre Lake Walter F. George

Fort Yargo State Park,
Winder, GA

This park is located between Atlanta and Athens. 260-Acre Lake

General Coffee State Park
Nicholls, GA

George L. Smith State Park,
Twin City, GA

10 miles of water trails

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George T. Bagby State Park and Lodge
Fort Gaines, GA

Located on the shores of Lake Walter F. George in southwest Georgia

Georgia Veterans State Park,
Cordele, GA

8,600-acre Lake Blackshear

Hamburg State Park,
Mitchell, GA

High Falls State Park,
Jackson, GA

Indian Springs State Park,
Flovilla, GA

105-Acre Lake

James H. (Sloppy) Floyd State Park,
Summerville, GA

2 Lakes (51 acres)

John Tanner State Park,
Carrollton, GA

12-Acre and 16-Acre Lakes

Kolomoki Mounds Historic Park,
Blakely, GA

2 Lakes (50 acres and 80 acres)

Laura S. Walker State Park,
Waycross, GA

120-Acre Lake (may close due to low water)

Magnolia Springs State Park,
Millen, GA

28-acre lake

Mistletoe State Park,
Appling, GA

72,000-acre Clarks Hill Lake

Moccasin Creek State Park,
Clarkesville, GA

2,800-acre Lake Burton

Red Top Mountain State Park and Lodge,
Cartersville, GA

12,000-acre Lake Allatoona

Reed Bingham State Park,
Adel, GA

375-acre Lake

Richard B. Russell State Park,
Elberton, GA

26,500-acre lake

Seminole State Park,
Donalsonville, GA

Lake Seminole

Stephen C. Foster State Park,
Fargo, GA

25 Miles of Day-Use Waterways

Sweetwater Creek State Park,
Lithia Springs, GA

215-Acre Lake

Tugaloo State Park,
Lavonia, GA

55,590-acre Lake Hartwell

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