Submitted by @KayakJeff
Kayakers have found a new home in Acworth, Georgia, the perfect place for those who love to be out on the water. The Lake City is located just 30 minutes north of Atlanta and features two lakes to choose from when you are planning your kayaking trip. You won’t believe the beautiful scenery along the shores of Lake Acworth and Lake Allatoona. I love to escape for an hour paddle or spend half the day on the water if I decide to. Most places don’t have that kind of versatility. I can’t think of a better way to decompress from a stressful work week than a leisurely paddle in a beautiful small town.
Kayaking Lake Acworth
Lake Acworth is a 260 acre lake tucked away in the historic district of quaint downtown Acworth. On Lake Acworth, motorized boats are not permitted, making it the ideal location for people who love to experience pure nature or those who are just learning to get into the sport of kayaking. I’ve taken several friends out here who have never been in a kayak before. It’s not an intimidating body of water for anyone. All they see is the beauty and the fun of being out on the water. Park access, parking, and boat launch are easy and it’s a big plus that the lake level never varies so access is always predictable. With mirror-calm water, this is the perfect location for a beginners roll session and outfitting new equipment. Beginners are sure to feel comfortable here and it’s great for more experienced kayakers like me who want to slow down, take a deep breath, and enjoy the water.
Interested in testing the waters when it comes to kayaking but don’t have the proper equipment? No problem! During the summer Appalachian Outfitters has kayaks and paddleboards available for daily rentals on Lake Acworth! These low cost rentals are great for our family, especially since parking is free at Cauble Park during the off season and only $10 during the summer. After a quick paddle, my daughter is free to hit the playground.
Kayaking Lake Allatoona
If you are a more experienced kayaker and up for a challenge, put in from Dallas Landing Park and spend the day exploring Lake Allatoona. This lake touches Cobb, Bartow, and Cherokee counties and has beautiful sights in the Red Top Mountain Area. This park is only open from mid-April through mid-September each year and we always take advantage during the season.
Fishermen love coming to Acworth for a relaxing day on the water. Fishing kayaks are a very popular sight when I am out on Lake Acworth. With over 18 different species of fish calling these waters home, you are sure to catch a wide variety. Avid wildlife lovers will be thrilled as they explore the shorelines, coves, wetlands, and feeder creeks. I am constantly seeing new wildlife in those areas. I’ve seen blue herons, green herons, cranes, owls, hawks, deer, beaver, and turtles. Oddly enough, I have yet to see a snake. There is so much nature around the lake, and kayaking is just the right speed to take it all in. That’s one of the things I really like. It’s a nature lover’s paradise with easy access.
Grub for Paddlers
As the evening approaches, I pack up the gear and walk or drive the 2 short blocks to the Historic Downtown and finish off the day with a delicious dinner from one of the many chef driven restaurants, enjoy a glass of wine at a spectacular wine bar, or cool down with a gourmet cup of shave ice from a Flavors of Hawaii!
HOURS: Lake Acworth is open 6AM to 11PM year round, Dallas Landing is open 8AM to 9PM from mid-April through mid-September.
FEES: During summer months Cauble Park has a $10 parking fee on weekends, Dallas Landing has a $10 parking fee every day for non-residents.
PARKING: There is plenty of parking available at Cauble Park and Dallas Landing with easy water access.