In 1995, Clarks Bridge Park, located on the north end of Lake Lanier, was selected as the Rowing/Canoe/Kayak venue for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games. Following the Olympics, community leaders and volunteers continued the Olympic legacy, pushing for site improvements and continuing to host local, regional, national, and world-class events.

Today, the LLOP is the only ’96 Olympic venue that is still used for its original purpose. The LLOP serves area youth and adults alike with Rowing/Canoe/Kayak programs. Brenau University Crew, Riverside Military Academy, and Chestatee Academy canoe/kayak club are among the many community clubs that use the facility.

Both the Lake Lanier Rowing Club (LLRC) and the Lake Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club (LCKC) reside in and maintain the boathouse and facilities. 

The LLOP seats about 2,000 with a parking capacity of approx. 400 cars. The boathouse and tower are available to rent for meetings and special occasions.

Finish line tower used during the 1996 Summer Olympics.


For more information about LLOP events, rentals, and park amenities, CLICK HERE to visit their website.


Polar Bear Swim
hosted by The Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club

Annual fund-raising event for non-profit LCKC – bring in the New Year with other thrill seekers and immerse yourself in the cool waters of Lake Lanier.
Date: New Year’s Day – Sunday, January 1st, 2023!
Time: 11 am to 2 pm – 10:30 am check-in/registration, 11:00 am 2-mile guided paddle, plunge at Noon
Location: the beach at Clarks Bridge Park
Cost:  $30 Plunge or Paddle / $40 for Both
Family Rate (up to 4): $60
Shirts for those registered by Dec 16th.

Phone: 770-287-7888
Address: 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30506

Club offerings: Recreational and competitive canoe and kayaking for ages 12 and up. Beginner to master programs offered through practices, classes, and summer camps. It also hosts local, regional, national, and international competitions.


Canoe/Kayak/SUP RentalsCanoe, kayak or stand-up paddleboard rentals, reserve via email 48 hours in advance for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings, Lake Lanier Olympic Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd.  $20-$30 per hour, plus $10 for additional hours, maximum 4 hours.

Phone: 770-287-0077
Address: 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30506

Club offerings: Recreational and competitive rowing for ages 13 to 80-plus. Beginner to elite offered through regularly scheduled practices, classes, and camps hosting of local, regional, national, and international rowing regattas.


Learn to Row Classes (4 classes, 9 sessions each) – Tuesdays/Thursdays 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturdays 8:30-10:30 a.m. $180/session.
2022 classes have ended. Check back in Spring for Summer 2023 schedule.