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Get Out and Kayak with These Top Three Covington Spots

kayakKayaking has become pretty popular lately. In fact, the sport has seen an increase of almost 32 percent in participants in the past three years. When you think about it, this isn’t that surprising. Kayaking is a relatively easy and inexpensive past-time. And, you can enjoy it anytime, anywhere. All you need is a boat and a paddle. Plus, it’s a low-impact sport, so it’s safe for the whole family. Ok, we admit it. We’re just as obsessed as everyone else. So, we decided to scout out some of Newton County’s best places to kayak. The best part? We found some amazing lakes and rivers that are perfect for everyone. Whether you have little ones just learning to paddle, or are craving some rapids, Newton County has got it all!

kayakBest Lake for Families- Turner Lake: This complex, spanning 158 acres, is the perfect spot for kayaking families. The lake itself is a pristine oasis, with tons of beach space. The 26-acre lake has a strict, no gasoline powered boats policy, so you and your little ones can paddle at your leisure. And, when you need a break from paddling, Turner Lake also has an incredible outdoor sports complex. Complete with a three-mile walking trail, two batting cages, and a covered pavilion that’s perfect for picnics, Turner Lake has everything a family of kayakers could need.

Best Hidden Jem- Yellow River Water Trail: The Yellow River Water Trail is a secluded river that stretches from suburban Atlanta through Newton County. You can put in your kayak at any point on the river trail’s 3.2-mile stretch.  The Yellow River is mostly flatwater too, so anyone can enjoy some much-needed relaxation on the river, from kids just learning to paddle to kayaking pros in need of some rest. 

kayakBest Lake for Good Ol’ Fashion Relaxing- Lake Varner:  Talk about peaceful! Lake Varner is an expansive 850-acre reservoir just off of Alcovy Road. You can paddle for hours in solitude or get a group together for some fishing. In fact, we think the best fishing is done from a kayak. And this lake doesn’t disappoint. Huge numbers of largemouth bass and crappie live here. And, since, Lake Varner doesn’t allow gasoline motors on its waters, there’s no noise and no wakes. Just perfect kayaking and crappie fishing. It doesn’t get any more relaxing than that!
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Are you as obsessed as we are now? You should be! And, if you’re ready to kick off your kayaking season right away, your first stop should be Rough River Outfitters, on the Covington square. Whether you need some cool, nautical-esq stickers for your vessel or a pair of Hari Mari flip-flops, these guys have it all! Grab some PFG fishing shirts. These shirts are specially woven to provide you with cool comfort and protect you from the sun! Rough River Outfitters is your all in one stop for cool kayaking and outdoor gear and we’re proud to welcome them to Covington. Stop in today, and then head out to one of our Best Kayaking spots in Newton Co. for an adventure in your own backyard! 

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