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Find summer fun at the Lake Lanier Olympic Park

By Jane Harrison
 
Looking for ways to spend a summer on the water while getting some exercise, learning a new activity and making friends? Head to Lake Lanier Olympic Park for summer fun steeped in two sports that brought the Olympics to Lake Lanier two decades ago.
 
The Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club and Lake Lanier Rowing Club can put a paddle or oar in your hands and get you and/or your kids out on the lake for lessons, camps, moonlight tours, or just plain fun.
Both clubs kick off boatloads of summer activities June 2. Head to the boathouse and hop on board!
 
Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club
There’s nothing like the sensation of riding the lake under your own power and feeling oneness with nature. That’s the joy of paddling, says Jackie Hutton, LCKC office manager. “If you love the water and want to get closer to it, plus get a full body workout,” then grab a paddle in one of LCKC’s summer programs, she said.
 
An experienced member of the club’s competitive sprint team can show participants the strokes to launch out in a canoe, kayak or stand up paddleboard available for rent behind the boathouse on weekends. Adult Learn to Kayak classes, kids’ summer camps and paddle trips under the moon round out the season.
 
Rentals
  • When: 1-8 p.m. Sat. & Sun. June 2-Sept. 30. Closed Sept. 8.
  • Kayak: 1 hour $20 single/$30 double, add $10 for two hours.
  • Canoe: Max of three adults or two adults and two children under 10, 1-hour $20, 2-hours $30.
  • Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP): 10 available. 1-hour $20, 2-hour $30.
  • Pedal boats: 1-hour $25, 2-hours $40.Group Rentals: Canoes, kayaks and dragon boats are available for group rentals. Contact LCKC at 770-287-7888 or  info@lckc.org for rates and schedule.

Moonlight Paddles
Enjoy a quiet 2-hour paddle on a calm section of the lake under the moonlight. Led by a professional instructor, the group paddles are free to LCKC members and $20 for non-members. All equipment provided. Arrive by 7:30 p.m. for June-August paddles and 6:30 p.m. in September and October. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Dates: June 28, July 27, Aug. 26, Sept. 24, Oct. 24.  
 
Summer Camps
One-week camps introduce kids to the water, put them in a kayak and include games, crafts, and picnic. Extended care available before and after camp. Dates: June 4-8, 11-15, 18-22, 25-29; July 9-13, 16-20.
 
Adult Learn to Kayak
Six hours of instruction in each session teach basic paddling skills and water safety in a variety of boats. $90 per session. Dates: Class 1- June 4, 6, 11, 13 (6-7:30 p.m. Mon. & Wed.); Class 2- June 23, 30, July 7 (11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays); Class 3-July 9, 11, 16, 18, 6-7:30 p.m. Mon. & Wed.; Class 4: Aug.13, 15, 18 (6-7: 30 p.m. Mon. & Wed. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat.)  
   
Additional info: www.lckc.org, 770-287-7888.
 

Lake Lanier Rowing Club
The grace and beauty of sinewy athletes stroking in unison to propel a sleek racing vessel on the water attract many to rowing, especially after an Olympics. But before any Olympic or recreational rower achieves smooth moves, there comes that awkward first time when oar meets water.
 
LLRC Learn to Row instructor Howard Stranathan and a staff of experienced rowers can take a fit individual from a stationery rowing machine, or ergonometer, to the water in less than two lessons. After one lesson in the boathouse on the erg learning how to move the body, Stranathan puts students in 4-person boats with an experienced rower on board.
 
By the sixth lesson, they know how to move together with people in the boat. “There’s something very enjoyable about that sensation,” said Stranathan, an oarsman since 1997 when he enrolled in Learn to Row. New rowers can continue to develop their skills in LTR 2 sessions, which take participants beyond the basics.
 
All ages – from middle school to 80-plus-year-olds – have learned the sport in summer camps and LTR lessons. Area businesses and corporations whose cores are built on people working together are invited to participate in new team building programs offered by the club this year.
 
Learn to Row
Participants must be able to swim and tread water or stay afloat for 10 minutes. A good level of fitness is helpful. Session cost is $150 for 6 2-hour lessons. Classes meet 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tues. & Thurs.; 8:30-10:30 a.m. Saturdays.
  • LTR 1: June 5-16; 19-30; July 10-21; July 31-Aug. 11
  • LTR 2: June 19-30, July 10-21; July 31-Aug. 11.
LLRC invites the community out to the boathouse on June 2 for US Rowing’s National Learn to Row Day for an introduction to the sport. Info: LTR@lakelanierrowing.org.
 
Juniors (High School & Middle School)
High schoolers of any skill level can enroll in 6-week summer course 6:30-9:30 a.m. June 1-July 21. Dates and times of middle school camp had not been determined as of mid-May. Cost: $275. Info: juniors@lakelanierrowing.com.
 
Corporate Team Building
When you’re in the same boat with folks from the office, you work extra hard to keep it moving above water. LLRC staff teaches groups the importance of working together doing something unique and challenging. Full or half day team building can be tailored to corporate needs. Info: corporate@lakelanierrowing.com.
 
Additional info: www.lakelanierrowingclub.org., 770-287-0077.


Reggae, funk tunes coming to Lake Show June 9

Music, food, beer, corn hole and boats converge at Lake Lanier Olympic Park June 9 for the fourth annual Lake Show concert. Solo reggae performer Mellow Steel and the 12-piece band Atlanta Funk Society highlight festivities at the lakeside venue that originated with paddling and rowing.
 
Percussionist Nicholas D. Mohan will set the laid-back party scene with steel drum beats from his native Trinidad & Tobago and creative new sounds. Atlanta Funk Society will get the lake rockin’ with classic hits from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, including covers of James Brown, Sly and The Family Stone, and Chaka Kahn.
 
Concert goers can chow down on Brazilian, Southern, and Mexican fare on the grandstand plaza. A fireworks show closes out the night.
 
Gates open at 5 p.m. General admission: $20. VIP tables, includes tickets for 6 meals and 12 drinks: $500. $25 suggested boat donation. Children younger than 12 admitted free. Info: www.johnjarrardfoundation.com.


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