Northeast Georgia Mountains / Dawsonville

River Park Canoe Launch

Hwy. 9 S. to Kelly Bridge Rd.
Dawsonville, GA 30534


Drop your kayak on the sandy shores of the Etowah River at the River Park canoe launch. The Etowah River passes gently through the Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area with only a couple of easy Class I-II rapids. This 8.7-mile "run" has a low "degree of difficulty," which allows the visitor ample time to enjoy the many sights and sounds of the river. After launching, you will pass under the first bridge. A short time later, you will paddle beneath a piece of Dawson history: the remains of the Old Iron Bridge.

Don't miss the opportunity to enjoy the hundreds of canopy trees lazily draping over the river. These include River Birch, Sycamore, Green Ash, Red Maple, the Mighty Hemlock and more. The canopy of the overstory trees houses the many varieties of birds and other wildlife that you are likely to encounter. These include the Kingfisher, Wood Duck, Blue Heron, Red Tail Hawk, Hummingbird, Brown Thrasher and many more.

Entry into the Etowah River at the River Park Canoe Launch is free. However, a $3 fee is required at the Kelly Bridge take-out.

Info & Amenities

  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Monday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Tuesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Wednesday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Thursday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Friday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM
    Saturday: 7:00AM - 10:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    At exit point $3.

    Facility Amenities

    Boat Launch

    Free Parking

    Parking on Site

    Self-guided Tours

    General Information


    Group Amenities


    Near Interstate Highway


    Suitable for Ages

    All Ages