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Water outing educates visitors
Resident may tour Lake Lanier on a catamaran
The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper takes visitors for a tour of Lake Lanier on its glass-bottom boat Chota Princess II.

Watershed Outings on Lake Lanier
When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3
Where: Aqualand Marina, 6800 Lights Ferry Road, Flowery Branch
Cost: $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers, $5 for children
Contact: Tammy Bates at

Chattahoochee Riverkeeper is holding the second installment of its inaugural Watershed Outings on Lake Lanier on Saturday.

The environmental advocacy group will take 25 participants out on its 40-foot custom-built catamaran, Chota Princess II, to educate them about the lake’s history, uses and water quality.

The outing will start at the Aqualand Marina near Gainesville, head south to Buford Damn and circle around Lake Lanier Islands. Along the way, CRK Technical Programs Director Jason Ulseth and Executive Director Sally Bethea will discuss the lake’s history. Ulseth will demonstrate how to test the lake’s water quality.

Watershed Outings is a series of five activities from May to October across different areas in Georgia. In May, a guided hike was conducted in Harris County to see rare spider lillies which bloom in Flat Shoals Creek.

The inspiration for the outings is two-fold: to educate the general population on what the Chattahoochee River watershed has to offer and see the areas through the perspective of CRK staff members who study the unique properties, Communications Director David Lee Simmons said.

“There’s so much to appreciate about the Chattahoochee River watershed, and this is one small step toward enhancing that appreciation,” he said. “Plus it beats mowing the lawn.”

Tickets are $10 for CRK members, $15 for nonmembers and $5 for children. It is limited to the first 25 registrants. Registration closes at 2 p.m. Friday. For those who miss the cut-off, email Jason Ulseth at to potentially join or register online at


The trip will leave Aqualand Marina at 10 a.m. and return by 12:30 p.m. Participants will be required to bring their own sunscreen, water and lunch.