Lakeland Boat Ramp to close for eight weeks 2023-05-22 2023-05-30

Update 2023-06-24: Work in progress at Lakeland Boat Ramp 2023-06-20.

Update 2023-05-19: Closure date changed to May 30, so Lakeland Boat Ramp should reopen around July 26, 2023.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA-DNR) is closing Lakeland Boat Ramp @ GA 122 to rebuild it, which will take about eight weeks. So it will be closed from May 22 30, 2023 through about July 20 26, 2023.

[Berrien Beach Boat Ramp and Lakeland Boat Ramp]
Berrien Beach Boat Ramp and Lakeland Boat Ramp

GA-DNR recommends going instead to Berrien Beach Boat Ramp @ GA 168, 12496 GA 168, Nashville, GA 31639, on the north side side of GA 168 and the right bank (west side) of the Alapaha River, in Berrien County. That’s 16.77 miles upstream from Lakeland.

Or you could go downstream. Not to Pafford’s Landing: that’s closed by the owner.

Kayaks and canoes can put in at Burnt Church Landing.

Or Hotchkiss Road Landing.

The next paved boat ramp downstream is Naylor Boat Ramp @ US 84, in Lowndes County. That’s 15 1/4 miles downstream from Lakeland Boat Ramp.

Neither Lakeland nor Berrien Beach Boat Ramps appear on GA-DNR’s own Boat Ramp Interactive Map.

However, Berrien Beach Boat Ramp was rebuilt with assistance from GA-DNR in September 2020.

[Boat Ramp with Bridge]
Berrien Beach Boat Ramp with Bridge, 2020-09-12.

All these public access points are on the WWALS Alapaha River Water Trail (ARWT), with maps and at-water signs paid for mostly by a generous grant from GA-DNR.

Which makes it mysterious why GA-DNR did not use the names it approved for Lakeland Boat Ramp and Berrien County Boat Ramp.

Here is the notice:

Boat Ramp on Alapaha River
(Lanier County) Temporarily Closed

Alapaha River Boaters and Anglers:

The Boat Ramp on U.S. 129/221 on the Alapaha River (Lanier County) will temporarily close on May 22 30, 2023, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division. The ramp is due to be replaced. Construction will take approximately eight weeks.

Anglers and boaters wishing to access the Alapaha River during this time may do so by using the boat ramp at SR 168 (Berrien County).

Questions? Please contact Jeff Bishop (706-557-3235 or


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