Chattahoochee Bend Kayaking/Canoeing

Canoe Rental

  • All Day: $30 (must return by 4:45 p.m.)
  • Over Night: $60

Paddling Information

  1. Distances are approximate and paddling conditions are subject to change.Chattahoochee Bend kayakers
  2. The park does not provide shuttle service. Most paddlers prefer to bring two vehicles.
  3. Most of the river is flat, but water levels and current vary greatly depending on water levels. Tubing is not recommended due to deep water, limbs and other objects in the water, and steep banks with few access points.
  4. Paddlers may wish to put in at the Highway 16 bridge boat ramp near Whitesburg for an easy-to-moderate trip down the river. They will soon pass several shoals and class I or II rapids (depending on water levels).
  5. The first takeout is at McIntosh Reserve, 7 miles downriver.
  6. A boater staircase and the park’s North Platform/Paddle-in Campsites are located another mile down the river. Reservations required.
  7. No road access is provided.Chattahoochee Bend boatramp
  8. A paved boat ramp, large picnic area and West Platform Campsites are 15 miles from the Highway 16 bridge. Restrooms are within walking distance.
  9. Camping reservations are required and paddlers may tie boats to the ramp rail or carry them to campsites.
  10. Continue 2 miles to Plant Wansley and Yellow Dirt Road.
  11. Continue another 13 miles to Highway 27 boat ramp in Franklin.


  • Highway 16 to Chattahoochee Bend campsites – 10.5 miles
  • Chattahoochee Bend campsites to Highway 27 – 15 miles