Kayaking

Experience the beautiful and scenic West Point Lake shoreline and wildlife from the perspective of a kayak! Kayaking is making a great comeback, and is a unique and exhilarating way to explore the great outdoors, and is the cure-all for nature deficit disorder. Whether lone kayaking with the dog or kayaking with family and friends, West Point Lake provides the perfect setting for kayak fishing and serene, flatwater touring. There are many nooks and crannies, inlets and coves waiting to be explored. Take full advantage of this peaceful haven in an otherwise busy world. To see more kayaking photos, view our Flickr album.

Routes

Route times vary, depending on how slow or fast you paddle, which may be one to three miles per hour, and how long you linger playing, fishing, and picnicking. To change up your paddling hours, select any launch/take-out point and create your own combinations.

LaunchTake-OutMileageTimeType
West Point DamWest Point3Hours: 02 to 03One way
West Point DamShawmut6Hours: 03 to 04One way
West Point DamLangdale9.5Hours: 05 to 07One way
West Point DamRiverview12Hours: 05 to 09One way
West Point DamBlanton Creek Park14Hours: 06 to 10One way
West Point DamCrow Hop11Hours: 06 to 08One way
Riverside ParkBrush Creek Park6Hours: 02 to 03One way
Riverside ParkSnake Creek Park5.5Hours: 02 to 03One way
Riverside ParkRinger Park12Hours: 05 to 09One way
Clark ParkYellowjacket Creek7Hours: 04 to 05Round-trip
Riverside ParkHighland Marina22Hours: 11 to 14One way
Riverside ParkAmity Park31Hours: 11 to 13One way
Riverside ParkHoliday Park27Hours: 10 to 12One way
Amity ParkR. Shaefer Heard Park5Hours: 02 to 03One way
Whitewater ParkWhitewater Creek5Hours: 05 to 06Round-trip
Veasey Creek ParkAmity Park5Hours: 05 to 06One way
Riverside ParkBlanton Creek Park53Days: 02 to 04One way
Ringer ParkWest Point Dam23Hours: 10 to 12One way
Long Cane ParkR. Shaefer Heard Park3Hours: 02 to 03One way
Pyne Road ParkEarl Cook Beach3Hours: 02 to 03One way
Evansville ParkWehadkee Creek8Hours: 05 to 07Round-trip
Young's Mill ParkBeech Creek2Hours: 02 to 03Round-trip
Brush Creek ParkHighland Marina15Hours: 07 to 09One way
Snake Creek ParkRinger Park8Hours: 03 to 05One way
Brush Creek ParkR. Shaefer Heard Park30Hours: 13 to 15One Way

Kayaking Benefits

Wildlife & Adventure.  Kayaking is a relatively low-cost sport that allows you the opportunity to be close to nature and explore West Point Lake’s ecosystem. With no loud motors – only paddle power – glide gracefully through the quiet tributaries where powerboats cannot go, and observe undisturbed wildlife, such as the great blue heron, great egret, kingfishers, bald eagles, osprey, deer, water turtles, and much more.

Kayak Fishing.  Kayak fishing has gained popularity in recent years due to its broad appeal as an environmentally-friendly and healthy means of recreation, not to mention it being the ideal way to access those hard-to-reach fishing spots. There are many advantages to kayak fishing. Kayaks are easier to store and transport than big boats, you can launch from any shoreline, there is no mechanical maintenance expense as with boats, and you can ease up on fish via stealth mode without spooking them.

Exercise & Relaxation.  There are few things more relaxing than sitting in a kayak surrounded by nature and watching the sun set over the lake. Kayaking offers stress relief like no other, and is an excellent sport for paddlers of all ages. It is a low-impact activity that can improve your aerobic fitness, flexibility, and upper body conditioning while torching calories!

Dams

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West Point Dam is located in West Point, Georgia. Stretching from Alabama to Georgia, this dam is 97 feet high, and provides flood control and hydroelectric power.

Portage: Portage on the right-hand side of the dam. This is a one-mile portage from West Point Dam to Hardley Creek Park launch pad. The portage begins from the western bank of the lake with a 150-foot wooded trek to a small parking lot; a short incline from the parking lot to the road; a 600-foot trek alongside the road; a 1,000-foot paved descent from the road to Hardley Creek Park launch pad. Other than the 150-foot wooded trek, the entire portage is paved. A wheeled kayak cart would come in handy. Do not attempt to portage around the dam on the left side. The terrain is too steep and rugged.

Caution: Water is released from West Point Dam at different intervals and volumes throughout the day every day. When paddling below West Point Dam, paddlers should be aware of the significant rise of and increased water flow upon water release from the dam, and take precautions. Rises can be as high as seven feet, and can move sandbars. Paddlers should check the water release schedule before launching from Hardley Creek Park. Usually, less water is generated from West Point Dam on weekends, which is the safest and easiest time to paddle near the dams. For the generation schedule, you may call (706) 645-2929 for a recorded message, or view a schedule by clicking the link below. This location is listed as a hazardous area; therefore, Georgia law requires that PFDs be worn.

Langdale Dam is located in Langdale, Alabama. It is a 15-foot stone masonry low-head dam that stretches 1,362 feet across the river.

Portage: Portage the left side of the dam. This is a 1,000-foot portage; 300 being over land and 600 through a channel. From the bank there is a three-foot incline at a 30 degree angle, at which a level 100-foot trek leads to the channel. Paddle 600 feet through the channel toward the dam. The channel comes to an end 100 feet from the dam. Haul kayaks from the channel for 100 feet to the end of the dam. There is then a 50-degree descent from the dam to the base of the falls.  A buoy line is positioned 500 feet upstream of the dam, warning boaters of the spillway. Georgia Code Section 52-7-13 states that boaters may not pass beyond the buoy line. Use extreme caution, and NEVER attempt to run these falls.

Caution: Extreme caution should be taken when approaching and portaging Langdale Dam. When the water is up, be mindful of the strength of the current that pushes you toward the dam. Low-head dams are notoriously known for their detriment, due to the strong hydraulic undertow that pulls boats and people toward the base of the falls and pinning them under water. Fatalities have occurred at this location. This site is listed as a hazardous area; therefore, Georgia law requires that PFDs be worn. Usually, less water is generated from West Point Dam on weekends, which is the safest and easiest time to paddle near the dams.

Crow Hop Dam is located 1.4 miles downriver from Langdale dam. It is a masonry low-head dam 15 feet high and spans 944 feet.

Portage: Portage on the the right-hand side of the dam. This is a 500-foot portage. The end of the portage has a 20-foot descent at a 30-degree angle. If you portage Crow Hop Dam you will not encounter Riverview Dam; likewise, if you portage Riverview Dam you will not encounter Crow Hop Dam. Crow Hop is the better of the two to portage, as the current at Riverview Dam is stronger and more dangerous. This location is listed as a hazardous area; therefore, Georgia law requires that PFDs be worn. Georgia Code Section 52-7-13 states that boaters may not pass beyond the buoy line. The main river buoy line is 500 feet upriver of the dam, whereas the buoy line on the west channel is placed 350 feet before the dam.

Caution: Extreme caution should be taken when approaching and portaging Crow Hop Dam. When the water is up, be mindful of the strength of the current that pushes you toward the dam. Low-head dams are notoriously known for their detriment, due to the strong hydraulic undertow that pulls boats and people toward the base of the falls and pinning them under water. A buoy line is positioned upstream of the dam, warning boaters of the upcoming spillway. Use extreme caution, and NEVER attempt to run these falls. Usually, less water is generated from West Point Dam on weekends, which is the safest and easiest time to paddle near the dams.

Riverview Dam is a low-head dam of stone masonry, is 10 feet high, and extends 200 feet from the Alabama bank to Hill Island.

Portage: Portage on the left-hand side. This is an 800-foot portage. If you portage Riverview Dam you will not encounter Crow Hop Dam, and vice versa. The Riverview Dam site is listed as a hazardous area; therefore, Georgia law requires that PFDs be worn. The safest and easiest of the two dams to portage is Crow Hop.

Caution: Extreme caution should be taken when approaching and portaging this dam. When the water is up, be mindful of the strength of the current that pushes you toward the dam. Low-head dams are notoriously known for their detriment, due to the strong hydraulic undertow that pulls boats and people toward the base of the falls and pinning them under water. A buoy is positioned 800 feet upriver of the dam, warning paddlers of the upcoming spillway. Use extreme caution, and NEVER attempt to run these falls. Usually, less water is generated from West Point Dam on weekends, which is the safest and easiest time to paddle near the dams.

Water Level

For daily water levels, you may refer to the charts below or call the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at (706) 645-2929 for a recorded announcement.

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Dam Generation Schedule

For dam generation, you may refer to the charts below or call the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at (706) 645-2929 for a recorded announcement.

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Launch/Take-Out Sites

There are over 20 launch/take-out locations along the 52-mile stretch from Franklin, through West Point Lake, to Lake Harding. Several of these locations provide restrooms, showers, and camping. For details of each launch and take-out click on the red pins in the map below.

Upcoming Events

Apr
7
Fri
7:00 pm Fun Show @ Pyne Road Park Arena
Fun Show @ Pyne Road Park Arena
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fun Show @ Pyne Road Park Arena | LaGrange | Georgia | United States
Troup Saddle Club Fun Show Savor some cowboy culture at the Troup County Saddle Club Fun Show events at Pyne Road Park on the first Friday of every month from April through October, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free admission! Events Twenty to fifty riders compete in the following timed events: Barrel Pole bending Texas barrel Flag Arena The three classes are (1) Children: 10 years of age and younger, (2) Youth: ages 11 to 17, and (3) Adult: 18 and older. Concession What about dinner? No problem! Mosey on over to the full concession stand, which offers hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, pickles, candy, canned sodas, and bottled water.
May
5
Fri
7:00 pm Fun Show @ Pyne Road Park Arena
Fun Show @ Pyne Road Park Arena
May 5 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Fun Show @ Pyne Road Park Arena | LaGrange | Georgia | United States
Troup Saddle Club Fun Show Savor some cowboy culture at the Troup County Saddle Club Fun Show events at Pyne Road Park on the first Friday of every month from April through October, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Free admission! Events Twenty to fifty riders compete in the following timed events: Barrel Pole bending Texas barrel Flag Arena The three classes are (1) Children: 10 years of age and younger, (2) Youth: ages 11 to 17, and (3) Adult: 18 and older. Concession What about dinner? No problem! Mosey on over to the full concession stand, which offers hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, pickles, candy, canned sodas, and bottled water.

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