Each year, as summer rolls around and the temperature starts to rise, residents in Hall County head out to Lake Lanier. There are beaches for swimming and marinas for boating, but there’s also another, sometimes overlooked, option out there: rentals.
In an effort to fill a niche market around the lake, Christine Breault helped start Northeast Georgia Paddling Company. She loved being outside on the lake and wanted to make sure everyone else had the chance to do it, too.
“We have kayaks, tandem kayaks and (stand-up) paddleboards,” said Breault, who handles administrative tasks and deliveries for the business. “We offer delivery in and around Lake Lanier, and that includes waterways above the dam.”
The unique thing about Northeast Georgia Paddling Company is it delivers everything they offer. And even though its located on the south end of the lake, Breault said they deliver just about anywhere nearby. That means people wanting to use its products don’t have to have a truck or go out and buy enough rope to strap it to the top of their car.
Breault said she “likes the adventure” of getting out on the water in a kayak and wants to give the opportunity to others.
“It’s a very different experience than when you’re on a motorboat and you’re blazing across the water, not putting any effort into it,” Breault said. “It’s a way, I think, to connect with nature in a different way and it offers a little more peace and quiet.”
Northeast Georgia Paddling Company is open seven days a week for rentals and deliveries. All prices include delivery, pickup, paddles and life vests. For half-day rentals, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., it’s $55 for a kayak, $65 for a paddleboard and $75 for a tandem kayak. For a full day, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., those prices increase by $20.
Breault said she always tries to offer discounts for multi-day use or larger groups, too. And it’s all kid-friendly. The tandem kayaks can hold three people and up to 550 pounds, so Breault said that can be split up into any kind of group. She carries youth-sized paddleboards and children’s life jackets as well.
“It’s definitely a family thing,” Breault said. “We try to make it so that the children can participate as well.”
from Gainesville Times