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West Bank Park

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Windsurfing and Kiteboarding at West Bank Park

General Information

50 min. A lesser used spot. Alternative to Tidwell or Vanns in a pinch for NE or E. In the past, we've launched from here for the [Long Distance Sail|Long Distance Sail]. No trailers! You'll get a ticket. Very crowded in the warm months and especially weekends.

Recommended Wind Directions

NW: no | N: no | NE: yes

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

SW: yes | S: yes | SE: yes

Northwest North Northeast
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Southwest South Southeast


Legacy Directions

Located on Buford Dam Rd about 1/2 m. west of the dam. From I-985 or Peachtree Industrial, take GA 20 west . About 5 miles turn right on Suwanee Dam Rd. Turn left on Buford Dam Rd. Cross Dam. (Yep, you get to drive on the thing. If you can, without wrecking, look into the gorge downstream of the dam and imagine how pretty it was before the Corps of Engineers created the lake.) Park is on the right. From GA 400, get off at Exit 14, GA 400. Go east (turn left if you came from Atlanta because of the cloverleaf). Turn left at first stop light in about 1/2 mile. Turn right in another 1/2 mile on Buford Dam Rd. Park is on left in about three miles.

Local Tips

Beginners should mind the wind direction and launch accordingly. Don't put yourself in a place where you get blown towards the dam. Every time a windsurfer goes through the turbines, our club gets a nasty bill from the Corps of Engineers.

Ability

Beginner Intermediate Advanced

Wind Shadows

Sailing Upwind

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