Water Trails & Paddling

Gainesville Upper 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 the perfect 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 Nature 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.

Learn even more about points of interest along the river, see the latest data from water gauges and access a handy guide to wildlife in the area on the Georgia River Guide app

River Basin

Lake Lanier

14 miles

Number of Access Points

Classification of Trail

Overnight Trip Options


Partnering Organizations
Gainesville Parks and Recreation
Georgia Water Trails
Friends of Gainesville Parks and Greenways, Inc.
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper

Contact Information
Gainesville Parks and Recreation 830 Green Street, NE Gainesville, GA 30501 (770-531-2680)

Nearest Population Center

Map and Brochure
Gainesville Upper Lanier Water Trail

Georgia River Network

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

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