Water Trails & Paddling

 

Georgia Water Trails

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Discover and explore Georgia’s more than 30 unique water trails using the free Georgia River Guide mobile app powered by Georgia River Network. Georgia’s network of water trails comprise hundreds of miles of navigable waterways and stretch to every corner of the state. Like the water equivalent of a hiking trail, each water trail has safe public access points and are suitable for day-trips. 

Using the app, in a few simple taps, anyone looking to recreate on Georgia’s rivers can discover nearby water trails and learn about safe public access points, river mileage between accesses, points of interest, nearby shuttle services and more. Having loaded the Georgia River Guide app with safety information including river difficulty, potential hazards and rapids, real-time access to river gauges and recommended runnable levels, Georgia River Network hopes to keep boaters safe on the water.

Alapaha River Water Trail
The Alapaha River Water Trail connects 125 miles of the 202-mile Alapaha River. This blackwater river flows below bald cypress trees along with longleaf, slash and loblolly pines, and oak trees. Wildlife ranges from great blue herons and snapping turtles to alligators and fish. This mostly flatwater river does have an occasional rapid and springs along with two river sinks where the river goes underground until it rises up in the Alapaha Rise. This water trail also has many lakes, ponds, and swamps that are boatable year-round while some areas of the river can drop to less than a foot deep during dry seasons. The WWALS Watershed Coalition is responsible for the development of this water trail.

Trail Length:   129 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater-Class I

River Keeper info:

            Alapaha Water Trail Committee

protectiongeorgiawatershed@gmail.com

 

WWALS Watershed Coalition

wwalswatershed@gmail.com

 

Outfitters:

Mood Force Support Squadron

https://moodyfss.com/equipment-rental/

4379 George St, Bldg 840

Valdosta, GA 31605

(229) 569-0147

 

Valdosta State University Center for Outdoor Recreational Experiences

https://www.valdosta.edu/student/rec-wellness/campus-recreation/core/rental-center.php

1300 Sustella Ave

Valdosta, GA 31698

(229) 333-5898

Altamaha River Water Trail
The Altamaha Water Trail offers 138 miles of trail, originating near Lumber City at the confluence of the Oconee and Ocmulgee Rivers and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. On the canoe trail, you will float past numerous Wildlife Management Areas and State Natural Areas, tidal swamps, and rich bottomland forests. Critical habitat is found here for bald eagles, swallow-tailed kites and red-cockaded woodpeckers. The waterway is flush with wildlife, with not a single man-made dam. Boat ramps and landing facilities are located in each county as well as a range of services from bait and tackle shops to picnic areas and marked hiking trails. The Altamaha River has been designated by The Nature Conservancy as one of the 75 “Last Great Places” in the world.

Trail Length:   138 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater

River Keeper info:

Altamaha Riverkeeer

http://altamahariverkeeper.org

fletcher@altamahariverkeeper.org

(404) 985-9606

 

Outfitters:

Altamaha Coastal Tours

www.altamaha.com

65 Screven St, Darien, GA 31305

912-427-6010

 

Southeast Adventure Outfitters

www.southeast-adventure-outfitters.myshopify.com

313 Mallory St, St Simons Island, GA 31522

(912) 638-6732

 

Ocean Motion Kayak Tours

http://www.stsimonskayaking.com/kayaking.html

1300 Ocean Blvd, St Simons Island, GA 31522

912-638-5225

 

Three Rivers Outdoors

www.3riversoutdoors.net

612 McNatt Falls Rd

Uvalda, GA 30473

912-594-8379

Big Indian Creek Water Trail
The Altamaha Riverkeeper has partnered with the city of Perry and Houston County to develop 8-10 miles of water trail along Big Indian Creek. Located 30 miles south of Macon, Perry currently provides access to the upper portion of the creek at Rotary Centennial Park. The creek’s clear waters flow through a picturesque setting, surrounded by lush vegetation and wildlife. Deadfall often creates so paddlers should be ready to navigate around strainers or possibly even portage. There is currently only one developed access point therefore paddlers should plan to paddle out and back from the access point at Rotary Centennial Park. Be wary that rainfall may make it more difficult to paddle out and back so paddlers may be advised to paddle upstream first and float back to Rotary Centennial Park.

Trail Length:   8-10 miles downstream

Paddling Season:        Year-round

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class IV

River Keeper info:

Altamaha Riverkeeer

http://altamahariverkeeper.org

fletcher@altamahariverkeeper.org

(404) 985-9606

Broad River Water Trail

The Broad River Water Trail runs from the confluence of the Hudson River and Middle Fork Broad River to Bobby Brown State Park. Counties within the Watershed include: Athens-Clarke, Jackson, Habersham, Stephens, Banks, Franklin, Hart, Madison, Elbert, Oglethorpe, and Wilkes and Lincoln. The water trail will ultimately be 70 miles long beginning on the Hudson or 75 miles on the Middle Fork, continuing downstream along the Broad River, and finishing in Clark’s Hill Reservoir. The Broad is one of Georgia’s last free-flowing rivers and is known for its historical importance and relatively unspoiled nature, with numerous shoals and mild rapids meandering through farmlands and bounded by bluffs of up to 200 feet 60 m in height. The National Park Service recognized 99 miles of the Broad River as pristine enough to qualify for consideration in the Federal Wild and Scenic Rivers System.

Trail Length:   75 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class III

River Keeper info:

            Broad River Watershed Association

            https://brwa.org

            info@brwa.org 

            706-413-9569

 

Outfitters:

            Broad River Outpost

https://www.broadriveroutpost.com

            7911 Wildcat Bridge Road State Road 281

            Danielsville, GA 30633

            706-795-3242

 

The Sandbar

http://thesandbarbroadriver.com

3435 King Hall Mill Road

Bowman, GA 30624

706-245-4163

 

            Slow Water

            https://www.facebook.com/slowwater29/

            5756 US-29

Royston, GA 30662

706-201-7283

Upper Chattahoochee River Water Trail

The Upper Chattahoochee River Water Trail is a picturesque waterway that flows approximately 40 miles and is located upstream of Lake Lanier, beginning at the confluence of Sautee Creek and the Chattahoochee in White County and ending at Clarks Bridge Park in Hall County. Its clean, cold waters support diverse aquatic life, and the surrounding forests and hills offer opportunities for outdoor activities. This water trail is a prime destination for kayakers of all skill levels with river classifications ranging from Class I-III depending on water levels. The picturesque surroundings, including forests and rolling hills, enhance the experience. Wildlife sightings are common, with native trout, river otters, and beavers among the highlights.

Trail Length:   36.2

Paddling Season:        Year-round

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class III

River Keeper info:

            Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

https://www.chattahoochee.org

info@chattahoochee.org

404-352-9828

 

Outfitters:

            High Country Outfitters

https://highcountryoutfitters.com/pages/paddle-shack

200 MORGAN FALLS

SANDY SPRINGS, GA 30350

(404) 977-2523

            Cool River Tubing Company

https://www.coolrivertubing.com

590 Edelweiss Strasse

Helen, GA 30545

706-878-2665

 

Helen Tubing & Waterpark

https://helenwaterpark.com

222 Edelweiss Strasse

Helen, GA 30545

706-878-7465

 

Wildwood Outfitters

https://wildwoodoutfitters.com

26 Megan Dr

Cleveland, GA 30528

706-865-4451

Chattahoochee River National Water Trail

The Chattahoochee River National Water Trail was the first designated National Water Trail in the country. The water trail offers 48 miles of river trail within the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and is available for raft, canoe, kayak, and motorboat use year-round. The trail begins below Buford Dam, offering cold-water trout fishing, class I/II shoals, and many accessible boat ramps to plan any length float. The river remains a cool temperature year-round, rarely getting warmer than 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The National Park Service currently maintains boat ramps along the water trail. While a few more are maintained by the cities of Duluth, Roswell, and Sandy Springs; U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

 

Trail Length:   48 Miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class II

River Keeper info:

            Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

            https://www.chattahoochee.org

            info@chattahoochee.org

            404-352-9828

 

Outfitters:

            Nantahala Outdoor Center- Chattahoochee River Outpost

            https://noc.com/chattahoochee-river/

            203 Azalea Dr

Roswell, GA 30075

770-999-0625

 

            Allsouth Tubing

            https://www.rivertubing.com

            4349 Abbotts Bridge Road

            Duluth, GA 30097

            678-349-6880

 

            Shoot the Hooch

            https://shootthehooch.com

            3444 Cobb PKWY SE

            Atlanta, GA 30339

            770-650-1008

 

            High Country Outfitters

            https://highcountryoutfitters.com/pages/paddle-shack

            200 Morgan Falls Road

            Sandy Springs, GA 30350

            404-977-2523

Middle Chattahoochee River Water Trail

Flowing through the heart of the state, this section of the river stretches approximately 80 miles from the Atlanta metropolitan area southward, offering a mix of natural beauty and urban charm. The river features flatwater to Class I rapids making it perfect for beginner paddlers. Paddlers can navigate through the twists and turns of the river, encountering varying currents and occasional rapids that add an element of excitement to their journey.

 

Trail Length:   Approx. 80 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class I

River Keeper info:

            Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

https://www.chattahoochee.org

info@chattahoochee.org

404-352-9828

 

Outfitters:

Wildwood Outfitters

https://wildwoodoutfitters.com

26 Megan Dr

Cleveland, GA 30528

706-865-4451

 

            Georgia Trail Outfitters

1046 W McIntosh Cir

Whitesburg, GA 30185

(404) 831-3993

Lower Chattahoochee River Water Trail

The Trust for Public Land is championing development of the Lower Chattahoochee River Water Trail, extending 50+ miles from West Point Lake, into Alabama and to the Florida border to form the Apalachicola River at the confluence of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers, and ultimately empties into the Gulf of Mexico. While most of the Lower Chattahoochee is Class I, there is a 2.5 mile whitewater paddling course in Columbus, GA that is a world championship destination for freestyle kayaking and a popular tourist destination for whitewater rafting.

Trail Length:   Approx. 162 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Class I-Class IV

River Keeper info:

            Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

            https://www.chattahoochee.org

            info@chattahoochee.org

            404-352-9828

 

Outfitters:

            Chattahoochee Paddle Company

            http://www.chattahoocheepaddlecompany.com

            400 Brickyard Rd

Phenix City, AL 36869

(706) 315-4697

 

            Whitewater Express

            https://chattahoochee.whitewaterexpress.com

            1000 Bay Ave

Columbus, GA 31901

706-321-4720

 

Chattooga Wild & Scenic River Water Trail

Chattooga River Wild and Scenic River 58 miles of the Chattooga River were designated as a National Wild and Scenic River in 1974. Wild and Scenic designation keeps rivers in a free-flowing condition by protecting them from bedrock and flow alteration, and development within ¼ mile of the river. The Chattooga River includes calm sections and extreme whitewater, so knowledge of the river’s different sections is advised. Most of the land surrounding the Wild & Scenic Chattooga River Corridor is managed by the US Forest Service. All visitors to the national forests in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia wishing to float the upper or lower segments of the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River must carry a self-registration permit at all times. Visitors can pick up a permit free at put-ins along the upper and lower river. Detailed rules and regulations are posted on information boards at each location, and are also printed on your self-registration permit. Tubing is allowed between Earls Ford and Highway 28 with a valid permit self-register at put-in information boards. It is prohibited below Earls Ford and north of Highway 28.

 

Trail Length:   Upper Chattooga above Hwy 28 – 20 miles, West Fork – 10 miles, Below Hwy 28 – 25 miles

Paddling Season:        April – December with flows above 350 cfs Upper Chattooga above Highway 28, Year-round Below Highway 28

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class V

River Keeper info:

            Chattooga Conservancy

https://chattoogariver.org

(864) 647-9849

 

Outfitters:

Southeastern Expeditions

https://southeasternexpeditions.com

7350 US-76

East Clayton, GA 30525

1-800-868-7238

 

Nantahala Outdoor Center: Chattooga River

https://noc.com

851A Chattooga Ridge Road

Mountain Rest, South Carolina 29664

864-647-9014

 

Wildwater Outfitters: Rafting & Canopy Tours

https://wildwaterrafting.com/locations/wildwater-chattooga/

1251 Academy Road S-37-14

Long Creek, SC 29658

1-800-451-9972

 

Chattooga Whitewater Shop

https://www.lifeinlongcreek.com/chattooga-whitewater-shop/

14239 Long Creek Hwy

Long Creek, South Carolina 29658

864-647-9083

 

Lower Chattooga River Water Trail -not yet

The Lower Chattooga River Canoe/Kayak Trail is located in Northwest Georgia and begins in Chattooga County at the launch adjacent to the bridge on Lyerly Dam Road, in the town of Lyerly, Georgia. The trail is 7.5 miles and is usually a 4 to 6 hour trip depending on water levels to the take out point on Holland-Chattoogaville Road adjacent to the bridge south of Lyerly. The trail is operated by the Town of Lyerly and came into being in 2012 as a way to increase tourism to the small town with a population of 540. The trail now has gravel parking areas at its two existing launch sites and the number of visitors continues to increase every year. The town of Lyerly was awarded a Recreational Trails Grant of $99,700.00 in late 2012 which is being used to further improve the launches, add water-less, solar powered restrooms, and add signage to both sites. The Coosa River Basin Initiative and the Chattooga County Government have partnered with Lyerly on the project.

Conasauga Canoe Water Trail

The Conasauga River Alliance is completing a water trail on a section of the Conasauga River starting in Whitfield County. The river spans about 74 miles starting in the Cohutta Mountains of northwestern Georgia and flows through scenic landscapes before eventually joining the Oostanaula River to form the Coosa River near Rome, Georgia. As you paddle along the Conasauga River, you’ll be immersed in lush forests, towering trees, and rocky outcrops creating a picturesque backdrop, while the crystal-clear waters reveal glimpses of gar and freshwater drum, along with sightings of osprey, river otter, groundhogs, deer, and turkey. Rapids do not exceed Class I difficulty, but navigating through the tight channels can be difficult in low water. Portages may be necessary during certain parts due to deadfall and strainers.

Trail Length:   30.3 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Class I

Coosawattee Watershed Water Trail

From rolling whitewater headwaters to Carters Lake, the Coosawattee Watershed Water Trail a.k.a. Headwaters North Georgia Water Trail/ Gilmer County Blue Trail covers approximately 60 miles of paddling water. With strategically located canoe and kayak launches and waterway-accessible campsites, recreationists, fishermen, and paddlers can enjoy a few hours or a few days on Gilmer County’s streams, rivers, and lakes. Beginning at high altitudes as small mountain streams in Gilmer County, the Coosawattee River and its tributaries are the headwaters of the Coosa/Alabama/Mobile river system that flows through Alabama to Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. This water trail encompasses over 800 miles of paddling streams, rivers, and lakes. The Coosawattee Watershed Alliance, in cooperation with Gilmer County, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Mountain Stewards created the Blue Trail, which travels along the Coosawattee River through Carters Lake the impoundment created by the largest earthen dam in the eastern US from the headwaters of the Cartecay and Ellijay rivers to its confluence with the Conasauga River. Canoe launches and waterway-accessible campsites have been revitalized and constructed to facilitate the recreational use of this important resource.

Trail Length:   ~60 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class IV

River Keeper info:

            Coosawattee Watershed Alliance

            dave@ellijay.com

            706-635-2147

 

Outfitters:

            Ellijay River Outfitters

            https://tubeellijay.com

            88 Holt Bridge Road

            Ellijay, GA 30536

            706-889-9697

 

            Cartecay River Experience

            https://www.facebook.com/riverexperienceEllijayGA/

            2400 GA-52

Ellijay, GA 30536

(706) 531-4746

Dub Denman Canoe Water Trail

The Dub Denman Canoe Trail on the Tallapoosa River runs 16 miles through Haralson County. Narrow and intimate, the trail winds through rural portions of Haralson County on mostly flatwater, interrupted occasionally by Class I shoals. Soaring bluffs and rock islands and swimming holes are numerous. Three developed public launch sites and a private launch operated by a local outfitter provide access for day trips via canoes, kayaks, paddleboards or tubes. The trail flows through a region rich in cultural history, the river being a major population center of the Creek Indians. Anglers will find sport fish like spotted, largemouth, and redeye bass, as well panfish and catfish. The Tallapoosa River originates in Paulding County, Georgia, flows westward, crossing into Alabama at the Haralson County border. The Tallapoosa River continues to flow westward, eventually merging with the Coosa River to form the Alabama River. The Alabama River then flows southward to empty into the Gulf of Mexico. The Dub Denman Canoe Trail was developed with help from a grant by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Trail Length:   14.3 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class I

River Keeper info:

            Upper Tallapoosa Watershed Group

            rharris@westga.edu

            678-839-4056

 

Outfitters:

Lazy River Rentals Of West Georgia

131 Doe Valley Rd, Tallapoosa, Georgia 30176

(770) 846-5858

https://tallapoosariver.com/

 

Tallapoosa River RV & Outdoor Center

9673 Highway 46, Heflin, AL 36264

256-748-3220

https://www.tallapoosariveroutdoor.com/kayak-reservations

Etowah River Water Trail

The Etowah River Water Trail stretches 163 miles from Lumpkin County in north Central Georgia to Floyd County in Northwest Georgia passing through or near the towns of Dahlonega, Dawsonville, Cumming, Canton, Cartersville, Euharlee and Rome. Approximately 156 miles of the river are navigable. The Etowah River Water Trail Stakeholders Group, a consortium of local governments, non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals is working to coordinate development of the trail by installing information kiosks/maps at established public access points, erecting road signage directing paddlers to access points and assisting local governments with the construction of new public access points. For a complete set of maps of the Etowah River Water Trail and information about upcoming events, visit www.etowahwatertrail.org

Trail Length:   163 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class IV

River Keeper info:

            Upper Etowah River Alliance

            https://www.etowahriver.org/

           

Outfitters:

            River Ratz Rome

            http://www.riverratzrome.com

            1170 Turner Chapel Road SE

            Rome, GA 30161

            706-728-4160

 

            Euharlee Creek Outfitters, LLC

            https://www.euharleecreekoutfitters.com

            102 Covered Bridge Road SW

            Euharlee, GA 30120

            770-607-1846

 

            Nomadic Flow Outfitters

            https://festivewater.com

            5285 Lake Pointe Center Dr

Cumming, GA 30041

404-422-9569

 

            Holiday Harbor Marina

            https://www.holidayharbormarina.com

            5989 Groovers Landing Rd SE #2927

Acworth, GA 30102

770-974-2575

 

            Appalachian Outfitters: Dawson Forest Outpost

            https://canoegeorgia.com

            5693 Kelly Bridge Rd

            Dawsonville, GA 30534

            706-864-7117

Upper Flint River Water Trail

The Upper Flint River Water Trail is a captivating route for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a remarkable paddling or fishing experience. Stretching approximately 50 miles, this scenic water trail winds its way through the upper reaches of the Flint River, offering a diverse and picturesque journey. The river alternates between wide gentle flow and swifter rapids. Most of the rapids through this area are considered Class I-II but the Yellow Jacket Shoals offer some Class III-IV play for the more experienced paddler. The section leading to Lake Blackshear changes to a broad and deep river; following a sandy, sediment-based channel that transitions easily with heavy flows. This frequent shift in the sandy banks results in large sand bars perfect for camping, picnicking and fishing. Keep an eye out for shoal lilies, shoal bass, waterfowl, turtles, and even the occasional glimpse of deer or otters along the riverbanks. The Upper Flint River Water Trail is supported by local organizations and initiatives dedicated to preserving the river’s natural integrity. Efforts have been made to protect water quality, conserve wildlife habitats, and promote sustainable recreational use.

Trail Length:   50 miles w/ many access points

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class IV

River Keeper info:

            Flint Riverkeeper

            https://flintriverkeeper.org

            info@flintriverkeeper.org

 

Outfitters:

            Flint River Outpost

            (229) 376-5643

Lower Flint River Water Trail

The Lower Flint River spans approximately 140 miles from the area near Albany to its confluence with the Chattahoochee River near the Georgia/Florida state line. With tranquil stretches for leisurely paddling and rapid classification up to Class I, it caters to all skill levels. The river’s diverse ecosystems provide a habitat for wildlife, offering opportunities to spot birds and other native creatures. Limestone shoals in this section of river create an environment that supports the Shoal Bass and many other fauna that make the Flint home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the region. The Shoal Bass are indigenous to the Flint River and can be found in shoal areas throughout the river system. Convenient access points and outfitters make planning easy. The Lower Flint River delivers a memorable kayaking experience, combining serene scenery, diverse paddling options, and abundant wildlife encounters.

Trail Length:   140 miles with many access points

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class IV

River Keeper info:

            Flint Riverkeeper

            https://flintriverkeeper.org

            info@flintriverkeeper.org

 

Outfitters:

            Flint River Outpost

            (229) 376-5643

Gainesville Upper Lake Lanier Water Trail

Water Trail Information

The Gainesville Upper Lanier Water Trail is a 14 mile section of Lake Lanier and is a continuation of the Upper Chattahoochee River Water Trail. Five lake parks within the City of Gainesville serve as launch, landing or stopover sites for avid or beginner paddlers. Parks include Clarks Bridge Park, the site of the 1996 Olympic Rowing Venue; the beach at Holly Park; a stopover point at the 29-acre Linwood Nature Preserve; the pier at Longwood Park, a 2-mile walk in the Rock Creek Greenway to Downtown Gainesville; and Lanier Point Park, which boasts an island with covered bridge and natural trails.

Trail Length:   14 Miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater-Class I

River Keeper info:

Outfitters:

            Windsong Sailing Academy

            http://www.windsongsail.com/2/main.aspx

            6900 Lanier Islands Parkway – AquaSports Dock

Buford, GA 30518

(770) 967-1515

 

            Lake Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club

            https://www.exploregainesville.org/lanier-canoe-kayak-club/

            3105 Clarks Bridge Rd

Gainesville, GA 30506

(770) 287-7888

 

            Burton Outdoor Adventures

https://kayaklanier.com

            5962 GC Crow Rd

Flowery Branch, GA 30542

678.828.8119

Georgia's Little River Water Trail

Georgia’s Little River Water Trail is an intimate river with a wide array of wildlife and a rich history including gold mines, Quaker settlements and Native Americans. The trail coasts 20 miles along the McDuffie and Wilkes County lines from the Woodruff Bridge at Highway 80 to Raysville Campground on Clarks Hill Lake.

Trail Length:   20 Miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater-Class I

River Keeper info:

Outfitters:

            Raysville Campground Kayak

            https://www.raysvillecampground.com/kayak-rentals

            6489 Lincolnton Rd NE,

Thomson, GA 30824

            (706) 699-6257

Kinchafoonee Creek Water Trail

Kinchafoonee Creek is a Class I stream that gathers from tributaries in Preston, GA before flowing southeast towards Albany. It stretches 58.6 miles and serves as a tributary of the larger Flint River. The name “Kinchafoonee” is derived from the Creek Native American language, and it translates to “river of the birds.” The creek boasts diverse flora and fauna, contributing to the ecological richness of the area. The surrounding watershed supports a variety of habitats, including forested areas, wetlands, and marshes. Anglers can find various fish species in its waters, including bass, catfish, and bream. Due to the variety of the creek surrounding, kayakers should be cautious of deadfall, water levels, and locate opportunities to exit the waterway, if needed, before paddling. The trail is lined by mile markers; this allows paddlers to relay your location to first responders or people on land, if needed.

Trail Length:   58.6 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Class I

River Keeper info:

Outfitters:

            Kayak Attack Adventures

            https://kayakalbanygeorgia.com

            2998 N Slappey Blvd

Albany, GA 31707

229-669-1259

Little Ohoopee Blue Water Trail

The Little Ohoopee River Blue Trail is 5 miles in length and is located in close proximity to the Ohoopee Dunes Wildlife Management Area and the Nature Conservancy’s Ohoopee Dunes Preserve. The Little Ohoopee River stretches approximately 48 miles in length as it winds its way through portions of Emanuel County, Candler County and Tattnall County. Exploring the river offers a chance to appreciate the unspoiled beauty of Georgia’s countryside, observe wildlife, and connect with the tranquil surroundings. The Little Ohoopee River is generally known for its calm and gentle flow. Kayakers can expect a serene and tranquil paddling experience along the Little Ohoopee River with occasional small riffles or minor obstructions that may require minor maneuvering.

Trail Length:   5 miles

Paddling Season:        Nov – March   

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater

River Keeper info:

Outfitters:

            Ohoopee River Campground

            https://www.ohoopeerivercampground.com/kayaks

            1449 John Trull Cir

Lyons, GA 30436

833-646-6733

Muckalee Creek Water Trail

Muckalee Creek is a Class I waterway that spans 44.2 miles. It runs through Lee and Dougherty counties and is a tributary of the Flint River. The name “Muckalee” is derived from the Muscogee Creek Native American language and translates to “dark swamp.” Muckalee Creek flows through a predominantly rural landscape, characterized by agricultural fields, wetlands, and forested areas. Anglers can find a variety of fish species in its waters, including bass, catfish, and bream, providing an enjoyable experience for fishing enthusiasts. The upper areas of the creek are frequently blocked by vegetation making the river difficult to read. This creek makes many winding and sharp turns. Depending on the water level, portages may be required to pass through shallow areas.

Trail Length:   44.2 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Class I

Ochlockonee River Water Trail

The Ochlockenee River Water Trail’s journey takes you through the heart of the Red Hills region, where you’ll find yourself enveloped by the tranquility of bottomland forests. Towering cypress trees create a striking backdrop, while black gum, oak, and willow trees provide an enchanting canopy. The sunlight filters through the foliage, casting dappled patterns on the water’s surface, creating a mesmerizing setting for your kayaking adventure.

The water conditions on the Ochlockonee River Water Trail can vary, adding an element of excitement to your journey. During higher water levels, the river offers a thrilling ride with reduced obstructions from submerged obstacles like deadfall, resulting in a faster-paced and more dynamic kayaking experience. However, it’s important to exercise caution as higher water levels can also increase the flow and associated risks.

Lower water levels, below 2.5 feet, reveal more exposed deadfall, especially in narrower sections of the river. While this may pose some challenges, it allows kayakers to enjoy the natural beauty of the river and its surrounding environment at a more relaxed pace.

Kayakers can generally expect a memorable journey characterized by lush greenery and a diverse array of wildlife, making each trip a unique and captivating experience. From otters and turtles to various species of birds, this river trail offers a front-row seat to the unspoiled natural beauty of southwest Georgia. It’s the perfect destination for kayakers seeking adventure and serenity in equal measure, where the changing water conditions only add to the excitement of the journey.

 

Trail Length:   53.7 miles

Paddling Season:        November – July         

Classification of Trail:             Class I

River Keeper info:

            Ochlockonee River Water Trail, Inc

            https://www.orwt.org 

            (229) 378-7610

Ocmulgee River Water Trail

The Ocmulgee River Water Trail in Georgia offers a 200-mile adventure along the picturesque Ocmulgee River. Paddlers can enjoy a mix of flatwater to Class II rapids, catering to various skill levels. The trail showcases stunning natural landscapes, including forests, wetlands, and diverse wildlife habitats. Historical sites, such as Native American mounds and mill ruins, provide cultural exploration. With convenient access points and support from local organizations, the water trail offers a well-maintained and immersive paddling experience.

Trail Length:   246 Miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater-Class II

River Keeper info:        

             Ocmulgee Water Trail Partnership

             https://ocmulgeewatertrail.com

             info@ocmulgeewatertrail.com

            

Outfitters:     

            Peach State Fly Fishing

            https://www.peachstateflyfishing.com

            912-269-1464

 

Three Rivers Outdoors 

www.3riversoutdoors.net

612 McNatt Falls Rd

Uvalda, GA 30473

912-594-8379

 

            Ocmulgee Adventures

            https://www.facebook.com/OcmulgeeAdventures/

            ocmulgeeadv@gmail.com

 

            Ocmulgee Outdoor Expeditions LLC

            https://www.ocmulgeeoutdoorexpeditions.com

            478-733-3386

 

Upper Oconee River Water Trail

The Upper Oconee Water Trail includes 98 river miles on the North Oconee and Middle Oconee Rivers in Jackson and Athens-Clarke counties which converge to create the Oconee River in Oconee county, and then, at Wallace Dam, forms Lake Oconee in Greene and Putnam counties. A portion of the UOWT flows alongside the Oconee River Greenway and the Oconee National Forest. The scenic UOWT includes beginner Class I and II shoals, beautiful rocky bluffs, historic textile mill ruins, wide sandbars perfect for a picnic, and miles of secluded forest. A plethora of wildlife reside here, such as kingfisher, river otter, osprey, blue heron, bald eagle, and soft-shell turtle…just to name a few.

Trail Length:   98 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class III

River Keeper info:

            Upper Oconee Watershed Network (UOWN)

            www.UOWT.org
            info@uown.org

 

Lower Oconee River Water Trail

The Lower Oconee Water Trail begins at the base of Sinclair Dam and runs some 140 miles to the Oconee’s confluence with the Ocmulgee River to form the Altamaha River. While the four miles immediately below Sinclair Dam feature numerous shallow shoals and one significant navigational hazard created by a breached mill dam, the remainder of the trail features free-flowing flatwater as the river meanders through the coastal plain where it is characterized by cut banks, high bluffs, wide sandbars and numerous oxbow lakes and sloughs.

Trail Length:   143 Miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater-Class I+

Okenfenokee Wilderness Area Canoe Water Trail

The Okefenokee Wilderness Area offers over 400,000 acres of wetlands and swamps to explore with multiple overnight shelters available. Paddlers can float through cypress forests, wet prairies, and pine uplands with plenty of opportunity to see a variety of wildlife.

Trail Length:   120 miles

Paddling Season:        Call to check water levels      

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater/Swamp

Outfitters:

Okefenokee Adventures

https://okeswamp.org

4159 Suwannee Canal Road

Folkston, GA 31537

912-496-7156

 

Oostanaula River Water Trail

The Oostanaula River Water Trail runs 49 miles from the confluence of the Coosawattee and Conasauga rivers in northwest Georgia. Mostly a flatwater ride, the Oostanaula features occasional shoals and gravel bars, limestone bluffs and islands, but it is best known as a hotbed of freshwater mussel and snail diversity. These invertebrates can be found among the rivers many gravel and sandbars where they work to keep the river clean. The river also features unusual rock weirs constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during the 1800s to facilitate riverboat navigation between Rome, Calhoun, and Carter’s Quarters, an especially rich agriculture area along the Coosawattee River. The trail begins near Calhoun and New Echota State Historic Site and ends in historic downtown Rome where the Oostanaula joins the Etowah River to form the Coosa. Outfitters provide boat rental and shuttle service in the Rome area and local organizations like the Coosa River Basin Initiative in Rome and New Echota Rivers Alliance in Calhoun sponsor regular trips on the river. In 2017, Rome/Floyd County voters approved special purpose local option sales tax projects that included a “boat in only” campsite for this water trail. The campsite should be in place before 2023.

Trail Length:   49 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class I

Satilla River Water Trail

The Satilla River Water Trail is located in southeast Georgia. The trail is approximately 140 miles long, beginning in Jamestown, and continuing downstream to the city of Woodbine. We invite you to experience the wild beauty of the Satilla River, and the plants and animals it supports.The mission of the Satilla River Water Trail partnership is to encourage residents and visitors to celebrate the historic, scenic and environmental richness of the beautiful and unique Satilla River. Through designation of our water trail we hope to promote eco-tourism through outdoor recreation, events for paddlers and river enthusiasts, and maintaining a family friendly environment on our river.

Trail Length:   ~140 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class I

Outfitters:

Southeast Adventure Outfitters
https://southeast-adventure-outfitters.myshopify.com
1200 Glynn Avenue
Brunswick, GA 31520
912-638-6732

 

Winges Bait and Tackle
https://m.facebook.com/profile.php/?id=100057313366001
440 Memorial Drive
Waycross, GA 31501

 

Satilla Kayak Company
Serene 18 - Augusta Canal Water Trail

Built in 1845 to harness the Savannah River for manufacturing power, the historic Augusta Canal Heritage Area features several 19th century historic buildings but many areas along its banks have returned to a more natural state. The Augusta Canal’s first level is a 7.5-mile corridor that follows the best-preserved industrial canal of its kind remaining in the South. The Canal’s first level is an easy beginner paddle on moving flatwater with some current. This level ends near downtown Augusta. Use caution at mill intakes, gates and when approaching the Lake Olmstead bulkhead gate at mile 5. The canal’s second and third levels pass through downtown Augusta through a series of gates and bulkheads and are not easily accessed. These sections are dangerous for paddlers due to irregular flows and the many man-made obstacles.

Trail Length:   7.5 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class I

River Keeper info:

            Savannah Riverkeeper, Inc.

            https://www.savannahriverkeeper.org

            info@savannahriverkeeper.org

 

Outfitters:

            Outdoor Augusta

https://oariverside.com

            25 Dolphin Way

            Evans, GA 30809

            706-399-4037

 

            Savannah Rapids Kayak Rentals

            https://kayakaugustacanal.com

            Savannah Rapids Park

            Martinez, GA 30907

            706-832-5323

 

            Cole Watkins Tours

            https://www.colewatkinstours.com/about/

            4275 Washington Road

            Evans, GA 30809

            706-840-0433

Serene 18 - Savannah River Water Trail

The Serene 18 Paddling Trail offers the opportunity to experience 18 square miles of Georgia water trails and wildlife along the Georgia-South Carolina border by paddling Clarks Hill Lake Thurmond Lake, the Savannah River, and the Augusta Canal via five distinct paddle routes: Clarks Hill, Dam, Betty’s Branch, Stallings Island and Augusta Canal all within a few miles of each other. Some of the routes include out-and-back options that do not require shuttle while others are downstream routes requiring vehicle shuttles. The access points also provide access to other sections of the Clarks Hill Lake, the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal that are not officially part of the Serene 18’s designated paddle routes.

Trail Length:   18 square miles/26 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class III

River Keeper info:

            Savannah Riverkeeper, Inc.

            https://www.savannahriverkeeper.org

            info@savannahriverkeeper.org

 

Outfitters:

            Savannah Rapids Kayak Rentals

            https://kayakaugustacanal.com

            Savannah Rapids Park

            Martinez, GA 30907

            706-832-5323

 

            Outdoor Augusta

https://oariverside.com

            25 Dolphin Way

            Evans, GA 30809

            706-399-4037

 

            Keg Creek Water Sports

            https://kegcreekwatersports.com

            3780 Dogwood Lane

            Appling, GA 30802

            706-339-0386

 

            Cole Watkins Tours

            https://www.colewatkinstours.com/about/

            4275 Washington Road

            Evans, GA 30809

            706-840-0433

 

South River Water Trail

The South River stretches 54.5 miles, flowing through DeKalb, Rockdale, and Newton counties before emptying into the Lake Jackson reservoir. The river meanders through both rural and urban landscapes, providing an important water source for surrounding communities. Over the years, the river has played a crucial role in supplying water for municipal, industrial, and agricultural needs in the region. Due to urban runoff and occasional waste-treatment spills, this river is not desirable for swimmers or anglers. Efforts have been made to preserve and restore the South River’s natural ecosystem and improve water quality. Various organizations, government agencies, and community groups have collaborated to address issues such as pollution and habitat degradation, aiming to protect the river’s health and enhance its recreational and ecological value. Level of difficulty ranges from Class I-III depending on the area and water levels.

Trail Length:                        54.5 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Class I-III

River Keeper info:

            South River Watershed Alliance

            https://www.southriverga.org

            Jechols@SOUTHRIVERGA.ORG

            404-285-3756

South & West Chickamauga Creek Blueway Water Trail

Where the Tennessee River Blueway dips down to touch the boundaries of Georgia and Alabama, state lines blur under the waters of the big river’s feeder streams: Lookout Creek and South, West, and North Chickamauga Creeks. All flow from the ridges of northwest Georgia into the Tennessee River Valley, through small towns that are working hard to build a blueway system that will expand paddling opportunities for hundreds of miles. Known as “West Chick” and “South Chick” to local paddlers, both these Northwest GA creeks are relatively unexplored. Both meander through small towns, and by residential neighborhoods and farms. As they get closer to the metro Chattanooga, TN area, the creeks provide wildlife refuges and amazingly quiet places to paddle in a busy, urban environment. Recommended day trips are from Ringgold, GA to Graysville, GA on South Chick, or from Chickamauga, GA to Ft. Oglethorpe, GA on West Chick. Both of these trips are long day trips and not suitable for beginner paddlers or those who cannot portage, but they offer beautiful scenery and a few riffles here and there. West Chick, in particular, still contains several large strainers that need to be portaged around.

Trail Length:   South Chick is approx. 20 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater-Class I

Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Water Trail

The Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Water Trail was designed by the Coastal Regional Commission and funded by the Department of Natural Resources Coastal Zone Management Program. The National Park Service Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance program provided technical expertise and guidance on the project. The new SECT website is the primary source for all-inclusive information on navigating the coastal water trails of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. Featuring detailed maps that highlight access sites, lodging and supply centers, paddlers can now travel an unbroken trail of tidal marshes and rivers more than 760 miles along the coasts of all four states. In addition, the Georgia Saltwater Paddling Trail Guide is designed to provide paddlers with a preliminary planning document for paddling trips on the Georgia Coast. This trail is considered open water paddling and tidal conditions are definitely in play.

 

Trail Length:   170 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater

Outfitters:

            Southeast Adventure Outfitters: Brunswick

            https://southeast-adventure-outfitters.myshopify.com

            1200 Glynn Avenue

            Brunswick, GA 31520

            912-638-6732

 

            Savannah Canoe and Kayak

            http://www.savannahcanoeandkayak.com

            414 Bonaventure Road

            Savannah, GA 31404

            912-341-9502

 

            Canoe Canoe Outfitters

            http://www.canoecanoe.com

            1102 US-80

            Tybee Island, GA 31328

            912-786-8732

 

            Tybee Jet Ski and Watersports

            https://www.tybeejetski.com

            1A Old US HWY 80

            Tybee Island, GA 31328

            912-786-8062

 

            4-H Tidelands Nature Center

            https://georgia4h.org/4-h-centers/4-h-tidelands-nature-center/

            100 S Riverview Dr

            Jekyll Island, GA 31527

            912-635-5032

 

            Up the Creek Xpeditions

            http://jacksonvillekayakcompany.com

            1417 Sadler Road #243

            Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

            912-882-0911

 

            Southeast Adventure Outfitters: Village Creek

https://southeast-adventure-outfitters.myshopify.com

313 Mallery St

St. Simons, GA 31522

912-638-6732

 

            Altamaha Coastal Tours

http://www.altamaha.com

85 Screven St

Darien, GA 31305

912-437-6010

 

            Sea Kayak Georgia

https://www.seakayakgeorgia.com

1102 HWY 80

Tybee Island, Georgia 31328

912-786-8732

 

 

            Barry’s Beach Service

            http://www.stsimonskayaking.com/kayaking.html

            420 Arnold Road

            Saint Simons Island, Georgia 31522

            912-638-5225

 

            North Island Surf and Kayak

            https://www.northislandkayak.com

            1 Old US HWY 80

            Tybee Island, Georgia 31328

            912-786-4000

St Mary's River Water Trail

The St. Mary’s is a blackwater stream that originates in the Okefenokee. It serves as the border between Florida and Georgia at the southern most tip of Georgia. Florida Greenways and Trails designates the stretch from Highway 121 bridge at McClenny to Scotts Landing in Boulogne as a state paddling trail. The St. Mary’s River Management Committee SMRMC, which is an interlocal agreement between the four counties sharing the river, Camden & Charlton in Georgia, Baker & Nassau in Florida, also works for the protection of the St. Mary’s, sponsoring an annual river cleanup, and the St. Mary’s River Celebration.

 

Trail Length:   60 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater

Suwannee River Wilderness Water Trail

The Suwannee River receives a majority of the water exiting the Okefenokee swamp 85% as it flows southwest into Florida and ultimately the Gulf of Mexico. On the Georgia side of the border, the river meanders through a relatively pristine floodplain for approximately 29 miles before crossing the state line. Nearly all of the land along the Suwannee in Georgia remains in private ownership.

The Suwannee Headwaters project as proposed is comprised of three components: land acquisition, hydrologic restoration, and recreation enhancements. All are intended to enhance the conservation and recreation values of the Refuge, Suwannee River, and Suwannee Sound in the Gulf of Mexico. Few paddlers follow the river downstream out of the Refuge due to lack of accommodations and facilities catering to overnight paddlers along this stretch of river. The expansion of recreational infrastructure would connect the Refuge and the SRWT to create an extensive trail system totaling approximately 350 miles. Stakeholders include: Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, The Conservation Fund, Georgia DNR, Georgia Forestry Commission, USFWS Coastal Program, USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, Suwannee River Water Management District, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge, Georgia Wildlife Federation, Florida Wildlife Federation, Clinch County, City of Fargo, Suwannee Riverkeeper, Georgia River Network and The Nature Conservancy.

 

Trail Length:   29 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round

Classification of Trail:             Class I-III

River Keeper info:

            WWALS Watershed Coalition

wwalswatershed@gmail.com

(850) 290-2350

 

Outfitters:

American Canoe Adventures

https://aca1.com

10610 Bridge St

White Springs, FL 32096

386-397-1309

 

Suwannee Canoe Outpost

https://www.facebook.com/p/Suwannee-Canoe-Outpost-100063694534103/

2461 95th Drive

Live Oak, FL 32060

386-364-4991

Toccoa River Water Trail

The Toccoa River Canoe Trail located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia begins at the Deep Hole Recreation Area and flows 13.8 miles to the takeout at Sandy Bottoms. This 13.8 mile beginner-level trail along the Toccoa River is perfect for those looking to experience a few rapids and relax amid beautiful scenery. Primary uses of the trail are canoeing, paddling, kayaking, and fishing. The cool mountain stream attracts recreation enthusiasts of all interests and is perfect for trout fishing. Enjoy viewing forested public lands, pastoral private lands, laurel and rhododendron thickets, and their associated wildlife. The put-in is located at the Deep Hole Recreation Area, a U.S. Forest Service campground off of highway GA 60, south of Blue Ridge and north of Suches, GA. The canoe trail begins on the north bank of the river, flowing west and north toward Blue Ridge to its end at the Sandy Bottom Canoe Take-Out.

 

Trail Length:   13.8 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Class I – Class III

River Keeper info:

Outfitters:

            Rolling Thunder River Company

            20 Hughes St

            McCaysville, GA 30555

            706-492-5720

 

            Jon Ron Toccoa River Outfitters

            15 Black Ankle Creek Road

            Cherry Log, GA 30522

            706-838-0200

 

            Toccoa River Tubing Company

            340 Toccoa Ave

            McCaysville, GA 30555

            706-492-5280

 

            Blue Ridge Mountain Kayaking

            56 N River Road

            Morganton, GA 30560

            706-258-2411

 

            Toccoa River Outfitters Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters

            26 Bypass Rd

            Morganton, GA 30560

            706-900-4004

Tugaloo River Water Trail

Forming the border between Stephens County, Georgia and Oconee County, South Carolina, the Tugaloo River Corridor comprises the only remaining untamed portion of the historic Tugaloo River. The Corridor extends ten miles from Panther Creek and the Yonah Dam area south to Broken Bridges at Georgia Hwy123 and Lake Hartwell. The area’s natural beauty is unparalleled. Water for this river comes from the nearby Chattooga River, Rabun County. In the 18th century the Tugaloo River Corridor and its tributaries was home to a number of Cherokee towns and villages while being the capital of the Cherokee Nation. Following the Revolutionary War, the Tugaloo Corridor became the ‘Gateway to the West’ as tens of thousands began their trek on Georgia’s first interstate highway to the west—the Unicoi Turnpike. Today Tugaloo River Water Trail paddles are conducted each Memorial and Labor Day weekend in cooperation with the Stephens County Foundation, initial sponsor of the Tugaloo River Water Trail. Self-guided kayak tour brochures are available. The Tugaloo Corridor boasts a river island, timber sluice, the remains of Prather Bridge covered bridge, Longnose Creek Falls and grist mill, twisted rock escarpment evidencing the Brevard Fault zone, the Tugaloo Mound, the Southern Railway Viaduct, and the Stephens County Park at Broken Bridges Park.

 

Trail Length:   10 Miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class I

Withlacoochee & Little River Water Trail

The Withlacoochee River is one of the few undammed left in this country, flowing in its unruly blackwater splendor for 115 miles past cypress, river birch, oaks, and pines through Georgia and Florida with shoals and springs, including Madison Blue Spring State Park, to its confluence with the Suwannee River. The Little River is also an undammed tea-colored blackwater river which joins the Withlacoochee just outside Valdosta in Lowndes County, the largest population center in the entire Suwannee River Basin.

The Withlacoochee and Little River Water Trail has two dozen landings on two tea-colored blackwater rivers in two states, plus Reed Bingham State Park on the Little River and Langdale Park on the Withlacoochee River, with two of only six second magnitude springs in Georgia (McIntyre Spring and Arnold Springs), and in Florida first magnitude Madison Blue Spring and many other springs all the way to the Suwannee River.

 

Trail Length:   156.9 miles

Paddling Season:        Year-round     

Classification of Trail:             Flatwater – Class I

River Keeper info:

Outfitters:

            Banks Lake Outdoors

            https://www.facebook.com/bankslakeoutdoors/

            307 HWY 122 W

            Lakeland, GA 31635

            229-569-0147

 

Mood Force Support Squadron

https://moodyfss.com/equipment-rental/

4379 George St, Bldg 840

Valdosta, GA 31605

(229) 569-0147

 

Valdosta State University Center for Outdoor Recreational Experiences

https://www.valdosta.edu/student/rec-wellness/campus-recreation/core/rental-center.php

1300 Sustella Ave

Valdosta, GA 31698

(229) 333-5898

 

NWXpeditions

https://d.facebook.com/NWXExpeditions

229-289-5573

bretnetus@yahoo.com

 

Yellow River Water Trail

Water Trail Information

An intimate river with a piedmont flavor, the Yellow River Water Trail stretches from suburban Atlanta to Lake Jackson covering the counties of Gwinnett, Dekalb, Rockdale and Newton with put-in and take-out points located approximately every 5-10 miles. The 53 mile river is mostly flatwater, and has a wide array of wildlife and a rich history from prior mill towns and Native American Indian settlements. The upper suburban stretches offer locals a quiet, peaceful, paddling get-a-way from hectic life.

River Basin
Ocmulgee

Location
Yellow River

Distance
53 miles

Number of Access Points
3 established access points (17 potential access points).

Classification of Trail
Flatwater to Class II, depending on the section and water level

Website
www.YellowRiverWaterTrail.org

 

Contact Information
Yellow River Water Trail
info@yellowriverwatertrail.org

Nearest Population Center
Counties: Newton, Dekalb, Rockdale and Gwinnett
Cities: Porterdale, Covington, Conyers, Almon, Milstead, Lithonia, Stone Mountain, Lilburn, and Stewart

Outfitters
Roth Wild Adventures
https://www.rothwildadventures.com
2210 Main St
Porterdale, Ga 30014
404-444-3378

Overnight Trip Options
No

Community Partners
Georgia River Network
City of Porterdale, Ga.
Newton County Water & Sewer Authority
City of Covington
Newton County
Jackson Lake Homeowner’s Association
Keep Covington Newton Beautiful
Newton Trails

Water Trail Section Maps ~ Produced by GA River Network and NE GA Regional Commission
Section 1: Five Forks Rd Bridge Access to Highway 78 Access
Section 2: Hwy 78 Access to Yellow River Park Access
Section 3: Yellow River Park Access to Norris Lake Drive Access
Section 7: Mt. Tabor Access to Highway 81 Bridge Access
Section 8: River Front Road Access to Hwy 212 Access

126 South Milledge Avenue, Suite E3, Athens, Georgia 30605 | (706) 549-4508 (phone) | info@garivers.org