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 the new boathouse.

The Boathouse at Lake Lanier Olympic Park
The nearly 60,000 square foot, three-story building features a large ballroom, state-of-the-art kitchen, multiple meeting rooms, spacious patios and more, all with a wide open view of the lake. With such amenities to offer, community events, weddings, corporate retreats and more are being booked. For more information on events and booking The Boathouse, visit or call 770 297-5477.

The Boathouse Events:
June 14 – Habitat Rocks – Dance music, barbecue at annual Habitat for Humanity fundraiser

Finish line tower used during the 1996 Summer Olympics.

June 8 – Tri the Parks Triathlon, duathlon, aquabike
June 21 – Food Truck Friday
June 27-29 – Southern Surf Slam – Wake surfing competition
July 12 – Beach Bash
August 16 – Food Truck Friday

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

The Boathouse at Lake Lanier Olympic Park is OPEN!
The new boathouse is complete and the Lake Lanier Rowing Club and Lake Lanier Canoe/Kayak clubs have moved in! The official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was held March 26. (Photo: courtesy City of Gainesville)

Night view of the new boathouse at Lake Lanier Olympic park - from the back/lake side, with lights on inside.

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. Beginners to masters programs are offered through practices, classes, and summer camps. It also hosts local, regional, national, and international competitions.

June 15 – Paddlemania
August 5 – 9 – Sprint Nationals
September 28 – Half-Jack

Paddle Camp
June 3 – 7 – Week 1
June 10 – 14 – Week 2
June 17 – 21 – Week 3
June 24 – 28 – Week 4
July 8 – 12 – Week 5
July 15 – 19 – Week 6

Adult Recreational Group
May 4 – October 26 – SATURDAYS Adult Recreational Guided Paddles
June 22 – Adult Recreational Day Trip
October 5 – Adult Recreational Day Trip

Beginner Racing League (BRL)
August 19 – Fall BRL Practices begin
October 12 – Fall Braff BRL Fungatta

Moon Paddles
June 21 – Strawberry Moon Paddle – 7 – 9 pm
July 21 – Buck Moon Paddle – 7 – 9 pm
August 17 – Sturgeon Moon Paddle – 7 – 9 pm
September 14 – Harvest Moon Paddle – 7 – 9 pm
October 18 – Super Moon Paddle – 7 – 9 pm
October 26 – Fall Leaf Paddle –  10:30 am – 12:30 pm
November 9 – Lula Bridge Paddle

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
Website: LakeLanierRowing/
Address: 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd., Gainesville, GA 30506

Club offerings: Recreational and competitive rowing from 7th grade to adult. Beginner to elite offered through regularly scheduled practices, classes, and camps, and host of local, regional, national, and international rowing regattas. For more details see these 2024 Informational Posters: ADULT, YOUTH.

March 17 – Youth Scrimmage
March 23 – John Ferris Regatta

2024 Adult Learn to Row Classes
June 4 – June 29

Classes meet on Tuesday & Thursday evenings, 6:30 – 8:30 pm; Saturday mornings, 8:30 – 10:30 am. Attendance at all sessions of a class is encouraged as each session builds on previous sessions. ALL SESSIONS WILL BE CONDUCTED AS SCHEDULED, RAIN OR SHINE.