The best ways to float Atlanta’s rivers and lakes

Eric Champlin
For the AJC

The dog days of summer are here – but don’t let the scorching temperatures and high humidity keep you from enjoying the outdoors. Beat the heat and explore the metro area’s scenic outdoors in a new way: kayak, canoe or stand-up paddleboard (SUP) at one of Atlanta’s nearby lakes or rivers.

Yellow River

The Yellow River water trail meanders more than 50 miles in metro Atlanta, flowing through Gwinnett, Dekalb, Rockdale and Newton counties before spilling into Lake Jackson. The Yellow River offers put-in and take-out points every four to six miles, offering a variety of trip lengths and intensities. Watch for wildlife including, deer, ducks, geese and heron as you float some of Atlanta’s most scenic waters.

Alexander Lake at Panola Mountain State Park

Less than 20 miles from downtown Atlanta, Alexander Lake offers smooth, calm water perfect for a lazy kayak or canoe trip. Explore grassy marshes and tree lined banks as you paddle the picturesque lake near the mountainous terrain of Panola Mountain. It’s also a great place to hone your SUP skills or try some SUP yoga. Bring your own equipment or rent a kayak or SUP from the park.

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