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Be sure to enter the Promotional Code WEBSTORE in Step #7, Confirmations, when making your reservation in order to apply the thirty percent (30%) discount from booking on the web store.

 

Kayak / Canoe trip from Buford Dam to Settles Bridge. This is a relatively short trip through the most beautiful part of the National Park Service land.  The river runs clear here with visibility of depths of up to 20 feet.  Be sure to look for trout in the pools. This is also the most challenging stretch of whitewater.  Pass to the right of Bowman's island, where you enter an area of class 1 and 2 whitewater rapids with mostly shallow water.  A trail follows the river on the east side below the island that leads up to Island Ford Road.  You will see the State Trout hatchery on your right by the outflow pipe and then Richland Creek joining on the left side further down.  Give respect to the class 3 rapid following a long calm stretch just before the highway 20 bridge.  It is best to stop and get a visual inspection of the rapid and watch some others go through if it is your first time.  You can get on the land to the rocks on the right the approach to the big rock.  We normally shoot straight through the center and then eddy out in the large pool and beach to the left.  Be sure to keep your paddle in the water and have good forward momentum since it helps stability and control.  If you capsize, make for the right shore quickly to avoid the fallen tree strainers just down river.  From there the river calms down a lot from there on.  It is mostly calm water on down to Settles Bridge. In passing under the SR 20 bridge look for the old bridge structures just past SR 20 that provide a glimpse into the past. Take out to the eastern shore of the river (left side) when you see the old metal bridge that goes half way across the river from the western shore (right side).

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Price: $35.00
Duration: 1 to 3 hours
Distance: 6 Miles

Start Point: Buford Dam Lower Pool

Mile Marker 348.  This is just below the Dam on Lake Lanier.  The put in is at the Lower Pool boat ramp.

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End Point: Settles Bridge

Just below Mile Marker 344.  This is the old steel bridge which extends halfway across the river from the Eastern shore.  It is accessible by Settles Bridge road from Johnson Road.  The take out is at the slate stairs entering the river on the East Side just before the old bridge.

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Meeting Point: Buford Dam Store - Not operational at this time

The closest location to the Dam on Lake Lanier at the crossroads of Buford Dam Road and Suwannee Dam Road.  East bank Park public boat landing is located just behind the store and the Buford dam is just a few minutes away with boat ramp into the Chattahoochee River below the dam.

 

Be sure to enter the Promotional Code WEBSTORE in Step #7, Confirmations, when making your reservation in order to apply the thirty percent (30%) discount from booking on the web store.

Phone: 770-945-4000
Website: www.RiverEcoLogic.com
Address:

1250 Buford Dam Road
Buford, GA 30518


Driving Directions:

The Buford Dam Store is at the intersection of Suwannee Dam Road and Buford Dam Road at the head of the East Bank Boat Ramp and park.


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