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Lake Lanier Long Distance Sail

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General Information

The most popular traverse of the "sailable" section of Lake Lanier - the part south of Brown's Bridge (Hwy 386). The crow's distance is about 9.1 miles (14.6 miles). The shortest route on water is about 10 miles (16 km). Your actual distance, especially if there is any upwind sailing can be considerably more. The typical endpoints are West Bank Park and Sunrise Cove although one might stretch to Mountain View Park if conditions allow.

Important: Trailers are not allowed in West Bank Park. You are likely to be ticketed. On the weekends, it may be very crowded so plan and park accordingly.

Recommended Wind Directions

NW: yes | N: no | NE: yes

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SW: yes | S: no | SE: no

Northwest North Northeast
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Southwest South Southeast


Local Tips

As the wind conditions vary widely as you traverse the lake, a versatile board will save you much agony and pain in anything less than ideal conditions (i.e. 99% of the time). Classic long boards and formula boards are recommended for their upwind abilities and stability in sub-planing conditions. Additionally, sails (and sailors) which/who have a wide wind range are recommended. Especially in planing conditions, different sections of the lake may have wind strengths that may vary by two sail sizes.


The white line is the classic Long Distance Sail from/to West Bank Park to Sunrise Cove. Directly, it's about 10 miles. Typically, though, we stopped at Van Pugh for a break and snack. The orange line is the proposed Lake Lanier Sailing Marathon, a direct approx. 26.2 m route.


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