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Old 12-07-17, 10:47 AM   #1
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Hey guys, I was wondering what are the regulations concerning launching a jon boat on the river? I have a 14 footer with a 55 lb thrust trolling motor. Thus far I've only used it on Lanier. First question is, is this allowed south of the dam and if so what parks along the Chattahoochee have water deep enough to put a boat in? Also, I assume my trolling motor has enough power to go upstream against the current but are there any unforeseeable issues I need to be aware of? Thanks!
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Old 12-07-17, 10:58 AM   #2
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The regulations are the same as any other Georgia water way (registration, life jackets, etc...). The biggest difference is fishing at night is not allowed.

Depending on how long you want to spend on the water, I would suggest your first launch be Abbotts Bridge. You can go up from there with a trolling motor and get yourself to some shoals relatively easily that hold fish.

There are other boat ramps you can launch, but with only a trolling motor, I'd spend my time fishing instead of trying to cover ground.

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Have fun and good luck!
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Old 12-07-17, 11:44 AM   #3
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The regulations are the same as any other Georgia water way (registration, life jackets, etc...). The biggest difference is fishing at night is not allowed.



Depending on how long you want to spend on the water, I would suggest your first launch be Abbotts Bridge. You can go up from there with a trolling motor and get yourself to some shoals relatively easily that hold fish.



There are other boat ramps you can launch, but with only a trolling motor, I'd spend my time fishing instead of trying to cover ground.



Don't forget your $3 for parking!



Have fun and good luck!


Or sign up for the annual pass for 25 bucks. At this point you may as well wait till the new year though.


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Or sign up for the annual pass for 25 bucks. At this point you may as well wait till the new year though.


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$35 bucks now and it expires whatever month you bought it in. Mine currently states November 2018.
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$35 bucks now and it expires whatever month you bought it in. Mine currently states November 2018.


Good to know. OP, do that.


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Old 12-07-17, 12:42 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. My biggest concern is my trolling motor not being powerful enough and getting swept downstream. I've floated down the river on an inner tube and it seemed like I was standing still so it doesn't seem more than I can handle, but I'd rather seek the input of someone with experience!
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Old 12-07-17, 01:11 PM   #7
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If you launch at the Dam life jackets are required to be worn from there downstream to the HWY. 20 bridge. You cannot launch at the Lower Pool Park during a water release.
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Old 12-07-17, 01:26 PM   #8
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Because of various restrictive regulations and access issues, I've found it's best to launch in Lanier and motor down to the river.
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Are Medlock and Settles options as well in addition to Abbott's? I'd like to hit all 3 if I can and pick a favorite.
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Are Medlock and Settles options as well in addition to Abbott's? I'd like to hit all 3 if I can and pick a favorite.
Settles- no.
Medlock- absolutely yes!

I'll try to get signed on later and give you a full run down on the section between McGinnis Ferry and Medlock when I can get to a real computer and can actually type. (I HATE these dadblamed iPads!)
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