The first thing you'll notice when you look out into Lake Blue Ridge is that it's surrounded by beautiful trees! That's because 80 percent of the shoreline is part of the Chattahoochee National Forest, managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Blue Ridge Reservoir is 11 miles long with 65 miles of shoreline, making it an ideal place to escape the city, and surround yourself with the beautiful waters of Lake Blue Ridge.
RENT A PONTOON BOAT
My favorite way to enjoy the lake is to get out in the middle of it - and the Blue Ridge Marina is the best way to do just that. At the marina, you can rent a pontoon boat, launch your own craft, gas up at the gas dock, get your supplies for a great day on the lake at the store.
While you're there, check out owner Herb and Eve Windham's collection of antiques in the showroom. They have things like a full-sized honey's Big Boy statue, lots of antique boat engines, old coke machines, and more. Be sure to sit a while at the Boat Dock Bar & Grill on-site, offering great food and a full bar.
Kids will want to feed the catfish off the gas dock. Dogs aren't allowed on rental boats but if you're pulling up to the gas dock in your own boat, your dog gets a treat as well!
Nearby is Blue Ridge Boat Rentals with a variety of offerings to enjoy Lake Blue Ridge. Not interested in driving your own boat, you can schedule a cruise or fishing trip with Capt'n Joe's Lake Adventures.
PADDLE THE LAKE
Paddle the shoreline for a chance to see wildlife, or just relax and enjoy nature.
With the clear water the lake offers, the paddleboard is our favorite choice! The SUPs give you a good view of what's happening below the water, and a chance to catch the small-mouth bass swimming around.
If you don't have your own, you can rent kayaks or paddleboards at the Lake Blue Ridge Marina or Lake Blue Ridge Outfitters.
LAUNCH YOUR BOAT
There are several boat ramps on Lake Blue Ridge and a few that rent kayaks, canoes, and/or stand up paddleboards.
Morganton Point Recreation Area.
More than just a launch site, you could spend the entire day here. Rent a kayak or paddleboard at the concession stand, There e is a $10 parking fee for cars and trailers, but there is no fee to launch your boat
Lakewood Landing Boat Ramp.
Ample parking here, as well as a boat launch ramp for all types of watercraft. You do pay a $5 launch fee, but this is a great year-round option for bass fisherman.
Lake Blue Ridge Day Use Area
This is a forest service-run day-use area. There are no bathrooms here, but they do have a picnic area along with the boat launch. It's a perfect (free) spot to launch a kayak or paddle board. You can also launch larger watercraft, depending on the lake levels. Summer is usually no problem, but as you get into fall when lake levels drop, you may have some issues. There is plenty of parking and easy access to the lake.