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Vann's Tavern Park

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General Information

55 min. Named after the tavern owned by the great Cherokee Chief James Vann. Vann received the rights to establish a tavern and inn at a ferry across the Chattahootchee from a short-lived treaty. Andrew Jackson had little regard for treaties with the Cherokees or the Supreme Court's attempts to enforce the treaties after the discovery of gold in Dahlonega. At the time, the Chattahootchee marked the boundary between Georgia and the Cherokee Nation.

Nice grassy rigging area and real toilets. It is directly across the lake from the Lake Lanier Sailing Club (LLSC). Great place for anything from NE to S.

The open grass by the beach makes this one of the few kite friendly spots on Lake Lanier.

Beginners should just mind that they don't stray too far downwind and miss the edge of the park (south end of the park past the boat ramp). Reasonably sloping bottom allows you to wade out a bit.

Recommended Wind Directions

NW: no | N: no | NE: yes

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

SW: no | S: yes | SE: yes

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

Legacy Directions

N GA 400 to exit 17 (Gainesville). Turn right on GA 306 to first stop light. Right on GA 369 about 6 miles. Towards end of second (maybe third, I'll check) three lane section, look for sign on right just past an old style gas station. Turn right. Bear sort of left and the triangle intersection and follow until road dead ends into park.

Local Tips

Vann's Tavern on Adopt A Shoreline. Vann's is adopted by George Ferris of martinwing.com who you may see either keeping things tidy or flying his RC flying wings. If you see him, say hello and thanks.

Ability

Beginner Intermediate Advanced

Wind Shadows

On NE, light shadow upwind from now closed Athens Park. May be felt up to 50 yards offshore but not serious. You just might take a few yards to plane. Also, the island 500 yards out will force wind up and over so you may find yourself struggling to plane past even if you are upwind. Neither of these shadows are significant.

Underwater

When the lake is down, respect the reef markers 150-200 yds offshore to the east. It gets shallow.

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