Lake Lanier is a popular place to swim, picnic on the bank, wakeboard and water ski. But if a sunset cruise is what you dream of, that wish can come true with a trip around Lake Lanier, courtesy of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper.
The organization “dedicated to protecting and preserving the Chattahoochee River, its lakes and tributaries” said its sunset cruise promises to be a “unique opportunity” from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Tickets are $30 each.
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper Lake Lanier Sunset Cruise
When: 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21
Where: River Forks Park, 3500 Keith Bridge Road, Gainesville
How much: $30
Tickets: www.chattahoochee.org/ll-sunset, 404-352-9828
Jason Ulseth, head of Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, will lead guests on a ride around the lake on Chattahoochee Riverkeeper’s Chota Princess II, which serves as the organization’s floating classroom during the week.
The “cruise ship” is a 40-foot glass-bottom catamaran that usually carries students around the lake, teaching them about water testing and the watershed. Saturday, that experience will be offered to adults as well.
“We’ll have some light snacks and it’s BYOB,” said Hannah Warner, headwaters outreach coordinator. “Jason Ulseth, he’ll be captaining the boat and he will do kind of like a brief intro to himself, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and what we do on Lake Lanier.”
She said Ulseth will go through examples of how the group tests water, explaining the process and answering questions along the way.
“We’ll kind of go off of what they seem to be interested in,” Warner said. “But we’ll have a couple of tools out there that we use for Lake Lanier monitoring ... and we’ll talk more about that process and why we do it and we’ll go through the steps we do at each site for sampling.”
Warner said the sunset cruise will take off from River Forks Park and travel to different “places of interest” around the lake. Some will be historical spots where the staff will talk about what it means for the lake, and others will be interesting places.
“It’s really up to our discretion because not everybody is going to be interested in the same places I am,” Warner said. “But there are a couple osprey nests on the lake that we’re going to stop by and see. ... Just stuff like that. Little-known factoids about Lake Lanier and the surrounding areas.”
Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is looking to use the sunset cruise as an opportunity to build a relationship with residents, help them become aware of what the organization does to preserve the lake and how they can help.
“I think it’s just all about outreach,” Warner said. “And hopefully we reach some people who aren’t super familiar with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and bring them in and get them involved and spark their interest.”
No matter what questions guests have or how familiar they are with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, Warner said she’s hoping for just one thing.
“Hopefully there’s going to be a really pretty sunset,” she said.