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) will reside in the new boathouse, currently under construction, and expected to be completed this fall. 

Framing for new boathouse with lake in the background.

March 2023

Boathouse construction progress photo.

April 2023

LLOP boathouse - May update photo showing new stone wall, preparing for windows.

May 2023

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.

Sat., Sep 9 – Hong Kong Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival 
Sat., Sep 23 – Swim Across America – 8a
Sat., Sep 30 – LCKC Middle School Regatta
Sat., Oct 21 – Gainesville Chicken Festival 2023 – 11a – 4p

Lake Lanier Olympic Park – Boathouse Update

As summer moves on, construction on the boathouse is on schedule as work moves from outside to inside. Drywall, trim, and finishing touches like Olympic memorabilia from the 1996 Summer Games are now being collected for display inside the facility.  The pedestrian tunnel, swimming area, and tower side of the park continue to be open.

Facade of new boathouse - end of July 2023 Progress photo. Siding has been painted blue at bottom and gray at top. Roof is covered but not shingled. Edges for driveway have been poured and stone is beginning to be put up on sides of building.

July 2023

Boathouse progress - August 2023

August 2023

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.

Social Paddle – active adult recreational group – Fridays, Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 noon to 2 pm

Sunset Paddle – open to the public – Saturday, Oct 28, 5-7 pm. Bring a picnic to have in the park just before the event. All equipment is included. This is for families, individuals and couples. No experience is necessary.

Moonlight Paddle – $40.00 Sat. Oct 28, 7-9 pm

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.


2023 Learn to Row Classes (3 sessions / $240 per session)
Session 1: May 2 – May 30
Session 2: June 13 – July 11
Session 3: July 18 – August 5
Tues/Thur 6:30p – 8:30p and Saturdays 8:30a – 10:30a