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Canoeing & Kayaking
|Chattahoochee River at
Powers Island and Paces Mill, Atlanta, Georgia,
Copyright 2001 Alfonso Vazquez-Cuervo -
Our Route Summary
- Submitted by: Al Vazquez,
- Date Submitted: 7/2001
- Location: northern Atlanta
- Class: 1 typically
- Distance Paddled: About 3 miles
from Powers Island to the Paces Ferry take out.
- Water Level: typically not
affected too much by low water drought conditions
elsewhere, the current can vary considerably
based on rainfall and releases of water from Lake
- Water: fresh
- Special Regulations: No glass
containers, pets leashed, children under 10 must
wear lifejackets, no personal watercraft
Entry - Powers Island
- Directions: From Atlanta, take
I-75 north to I-285 east. Exit at the first exit
(Exit 22) for Northside Powers Ferry. Take a left
on Northside to cross back over I-285. Then take
another left at Interstate North Parkway heading
southwest back the way you came on I-285. Just
before you cross the bridge over the
Chattahoochee at the bottom of the hill, enter
Powers Island on the right. The walkway to the
Put-In is on the near side of the parking lot.
For more information on shuttles, etc., contact
the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area,
- Fee: $2 parking
- Description: steps down to the
- Parking: paved about 200 feet up
- Facilities: restrooms,
concession, raft rental, shuttle service. The
Cochran Shoals linear park complex with extensive
trails is just across the river on the same side
Interstate North Parkway.
- Handicap Access: none
Exit - Paces Mill
- Directions: From Atlanta, Take
I-75 to Exit 256 Mt. Paran Northside Parkway.
Take Northside Parkway west across the river and
enter the Paces Mill Park area at the sign.
Proceed to the ramp.
- Fee: $2 parking
- Description: ramp
- Parking: paved nearby
- Facilities: restrooms, picnic
areas, concession, raft rental, shuttle service.
- Handicap Access: ramp
What We Saw
Powers Island and Powers Ferry are named after James
Powers, a plantation owner who ran a ferry across the
river here in the early 1800's.
Cochran's Ford saw a civil war detachment cross the
river wearing only their hats and carrying their weapons
overhead on July 9, 1864 to scout the river area pending
Today, this area is part of an extensive linear park
that spans Cobb and Fulton counties with miles of trails
|It's fantastic that there can be a paddling venue in
the midst of Atlanta. This is also a popular area for
rafters, which probably explains the steps down to the
The kayak slalom course shown at right is on the
east side of the Powers Island put in, though when we
were there, it didn't have much current.
||When we were there, the water level seemed a little
low, so I would take a plastic boat as there are a few
rocks along the way.
Look for the Paces Mill takeout
shown above on river right just under 1 mile after
passing the I-75 bridge.