Katie Copeland, standing with her brother Lance with the lake in the background.

Katie Copeland, along with her brother Lance, have opened Lanier Boat Tours.

For people who want to spend time on the water without the responsibility of driving a boat, Gainesville resident Katie Copeland has the answer. She and her brother Lance have opened Lanier Boat Tours.

The company, based on the north side of the lake near Athens Boat Club, offers two tri-toon boats for rent, with or without drivers, for up to 12 passengers each.

“Growing up in Dahlonega, I have great memories of going to the lake with family and friends,” she said. “I started thinking that it would be a great way for people to get out on the lake with someone else driving the boat.”

Most of the company’s clients are out-of-towners who want to experience Lake Lanier on the water.

“They’re staying in AirBnBs and we can pick them up at their dock or at one of the nearby parks,” she said. “Often it’s a group that wants to have a good time with someone else being the designated driver.”

Copeland started Lanier Boat Tours earlier this year. She has been operating DSH Transportation since 2015, offering tours of area wineries, airports and wedding transportation.

For more information, visit BookLanierBoatTours.com or call 770 353-9757.