Water Trails & Paddling

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

Yellow River

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


Contact Information
Yellow River Water Trail

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

Roth Wild Adventures
2210 Main St
Porterdale, Ga 30014

Overnight Trip Options

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

Illustrative Watershed Map ~ Produced by GA River Network and NE GA Regional Commission

Georgia River Network

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

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