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Kayaking in North Georgia


Those who love kayaking and standup paddle boarding (SUP) will want to know where they can go kayaking in North Georgia while staying here. With the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop, there are several inviting lakes, waterways and rivers to explore. If you don't have your gear with you, you may be able to rent it at one of these spots.

There are a plethora of choices when it comes to paddling North Georgia, as calm lakes and exciting whitewater rapids are all part of the natural abundance offered to those who kayak and paddle. Many of the best experiences are right in Ellijay.

Kayaking in the Vicinity of Ellijay River and Cartecay River

The two rivers merge to form an exciting adventure for kayaking right in the nearby area. Tubing also makes this an experience for families. You can kayak the Ellijay and Coosawattee rivers for an adventure; guides can take you down the river, which has some whitewater areas. The Ellijay River also has a "lazy river" that can be right for beginners. Find out more at Ellijay River Outfitters or the Cartecay River Experience in Ellijay. The Cartecay River is fine for teens and older; it has Class II rapids and is best for those with kayaking experience, as it flows quite fast at points.

Fort Mountain State Park

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Located in Chatsworth on Highway 52 in the Cohutta Wilderness, this area is fine for SUP and kayaking and offers some beautiful lakeside scenery as well as meandering water trails. Relax as you paddle its scenic waterways.

Chestatee and Etowah Rivers in Dahlonega

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Located less than an hour from southeast Ellijay, the town of Dahlonega offers Class I and Class II rapids for kayaking or canoeing. Water levels and conditions change, so it best to go with a guide down these easy rapids. Contact Appalachian Outfitters River Outpost find out more about the whitewater and flatwater areas of the rivers.

Kayaking Somewhat Further Away Chattooga River

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Great for paddlers of all skill levels as well as SUP enthusiasts, the Chattooga River has myriad spots that offer a variety of challenges. Instruction is offered. Southeastern Expeditions can tell you more about the experience for your level of kayaking. Class-IV rapids can be part of a skilled kayaking experience here.


Chattahoochee River

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This scenic river is located in the heart of Atlanta; abundant birds, as well as diverse species of plants, can be viewed as you paddle its waters. SUPs and kayaks can be rented, as well as tubes and more. You might spot a heron or paddle by trout lilies as you float down this popular river. The river itself, known for its gorgeous scenery, begins in Northern Georgia and meanders until it flows into the Gulf of Mexico.

Lake Burton

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lake Burton Boat Rentals offers a host of boating choices that include kayaks and paddle boards. Mornings are best for paddling this quiet lake; putting in at Moccasin State Park near Clarksville is one recommendation. Seed Lake Fabulous views are offered during a day of paddling on Lake Seed. Thirteen miles of shoreline are part of this beautiful lake, located between Lake Burton and Lake Rabun. It offers a picnic area and beach as well. Bring the whole family for a day of fun as well as kayaking.
 

Lake Rabun - Lakemont

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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If you're seeking the seclusion of a peaceful lake, kayaking its waters offers frontage views of homes as well as the natural beauty of the region. The lake is 835 acres and offers a variety of twists and turns as it meanders along. You can rent equipment at Bear Gap Outfitters or YH Watersports.
 

Tallulah Lake

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Fish, canoe, paddle or SUP on this calm lake, with scenic views and more.
 

Tallulah Gorge

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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For those with advanced kayaking skills, the rapids at Tallulah Gorge provide Class-V challenges. It is also the site of whitewater rafting. April and November bring kayaking lovers from around the globe, as water releases occur, and the rapids become even more exciting.

Some Outfitters for Touring

If you are not bringing your own kayak or SUP and wish to take a tour of the water, there are several outfitters that do kayak and whitewater rafting trips. Some offer more than kayaking; other trips may be arranged as well. The Nantahala Outdoor Center offers whitewater rafting tours as well as paddleboards and kayaks at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area; Johnson's Ferry and Powers Island are where you can find them. Wildwater Limited offers lake kayak and SUP tours as well as whitewater rafting and zipline canopy tours. Appalachian Outfitters Tubing, as well as kayaking and canoeing, is offered for exploration of the beautiful Northern Georgia rivers.

These are just a few of the places to go for exciting and inspiring kayaking in North Georgia, you can find many others that are peaceful and ideal for any kayaker. Breathtaking scenery, adventure and a host of wildlife viewing opportunities are part of a kayak experience in our area. Whether you are a beginner or able to shoot the Class-V rapids, rafting or paddling in Northern Georgia will be an adventure that you want to include in your stay. The chance to get up close in nature, in peaceful and tranquil surroundings is a unique experience. Those who love adventure will opt for the more adrenaline-enhanced rapids, but whichever you choose, find a lake, river or waterway that you love and get out on the water. It will make your vacation a true vacation, filled with fresh air and the relaxation of flowing water.