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

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. Jun 3 – 8th Annual Lake Show – 5p – 10p
Fri., Jun 16 – Food Truck Friday – 5p – 9p
Fri., July 14 – Beach Bash 2023 – 5p – 10p
Fri., Aug 18 – Food Truck Friday – 5p – 9p
Sat., Oct 21 – Gainesville Chicken Festival 2023 – 11a – 4p

Lake Lanier Olympic Park – Boathouse Update

Construction continues on the boathouse – preparing for windows, stone retaining walls, and much more. The pedestrian tunnel, swimming area, and tower side of the park continue to be open.

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

May 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.

Summer Youth Paddlecamp – Children ages 8-14 learn about kayaks, canoes and dragon boats in Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club camp, 9 a.m.-noon in week-long sessions through July 18, Lake Lanier Olympic Park, 3105 Clarks Bridge Rd. $175.

Social Paddle – active adult recreational group – Fridays, June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, 11, 18, 25, Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27 noon to 2 pm

Sunset Paddle – open to the public – Saturday, July 22, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm. Saturday, Aug 26 – 7-9 pm, 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 Saturday, June 3, 8-10 pm; Sat. Oct 28, 7-9 pm

PaddleMania / Southeast Paddle Sport Champ 2023 – June 10, 8 am – 2 pm – Pick 10k, 5k, or Sprint distances 1000m and 500m. If you choose one of the distance races you can earn points towards the SEP Series Championship.

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