Old Federal Park

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Mel returns to shore. Picture was taken in 2006 when Lake Lanier was unusually low. This would be underwater at full pond. Picture from our Foto Gallery
Anoother picture taken by Barrett Walker in 2007. The open spaces created by low lake levels helped popularize Old Federal as a kiting venue.
Kiting in 2014 with the lake at full pond.

Windsurfing and Kiteboarding at Old Federal Park

This article refers to Old Federal Day Use Park, not the campground. Because it is often the preferred launch on Lake Lanier for kiters, it has earned the nickname "Ben Franklin Park".

General Information

55 min. Not widely used by windsurfers as it sits well back in the bay. More popular with kiteboarders, especially when the lake is down, as it's one of the few places that has room away from trees. Just north of the LLSC.

Historical Note: Name derives from the Federal Road, the main thoroughfare, that crossed the Chattahootchee and traversed the Cherokee Nation on the way to Tennessee. At that time, the river was the western border of the US in Georgia. Discovery of gold in Dahlonega brought the eventual annexation of the Cherokee Nation by Andrew Jackson and the subsequent and tragic Trail of Tears.

Recommended Wind Directions

NW: yes | N: no | NE: no

W: yes | Wind center.png | E: no

SW: yes | S: no | SE: no

Northwest North Northeast
West Wind center.png East
Southwest South Southeast

Local Tips

Sunrise Cove or Van Pugh probably will have better wind.


Beginner Intermediate

Wind Shadows

Sailing Upwind


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