Kayaks, pontoons and tubes: How to get on the water in Gwinnett


The weather is heating up, and you’re probably looking for a way to cool off. Luckily, there are lots of ways to get in the water in Gwinnett County.

The county has access to two major bodies of water: Lake Lanier and the Chattahoochee River. The main point of access in Gwinnett to Lake Lakier is Buford, and Duluth has the easiest access points to the river. You can rent tubes, jet skis and boats to have a day on the water.

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Tubing on the Chattahoochee

In Duluth, you can go tubing on the Chattahoochee River for as little as $10. River Tubing, which also has a Macon location, rents single-person tubes  and four-person rafts. The single occupant tubes go for $10 for two hours or $14 for four hours. A four-person raft costs $60 for two hours and $80 for four hours.

Tubers can upgrade their trip for a few dollars. Paddles and tubes with bottoms cost $2 each, and a waterproof container for your belongings goes for $3. You can hook your tube to a companion’s with a connector strap for just a $1 upgrade.

River Tubing’s Duluth location is at 4349 Abbots Bridge Road.

Boating on Lake Lanier

You can get anything from a paddleboard to a party boat from the new Margaritaville at Lanier Islands. Kayaks, paddle boards and wake boards are available for hourly rent, and lessons are available. Paddle boards and single kayaks range from $30 for two hours to $65 for an eight-hour day. Tandem kayaks range from $40 for two hours to $75 for eight hours, and wake boarding is $150 per hour. Find more information here.

Motorized boats can be booked online. The Party Barge and Picnic Pontoon are booked solid until well after Labor Day, but the standard pontoon, platinum tritoon and gold tritoon all have wide availability. The standard pontoon costs $392.40 for a one-day rental, including taxes and a damage waiver. The platinum tritoon costs $515.45 and the gold tritoon costs $579.65.

Aqua Sports Adventures, located on Holiday Marina at 6900 Lake Lanier Islands Parkway,  has pontoon boats and speedboats available for rent. The smallest, an 18-foot Runabout, holds six passengers and costs $390 for a day on the lake. The largest, a 24-foot pontoon boat, holds 14 passengers and costs $430 for a day out. The most expensive is the 22-foot Bowrider, which holds nine passengers and costs $470 for a day.

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