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Dog SWIM & HIKE

Doggie SWIM & Hike

Greetings Group.

Here it is, the meetup you've all been asking for...
A swim/hike.

This meetup is for a fairly short hike on flat terrain, although scenic. About 1.15 miles total.
Most of the trail is shaded and even in 90 degree sunny weather it is not bad.

This is probably the only meetup where the hotter and sunnier it is, the more you will enjoy this.

This is located at Lake Lanier.
I know Lake Lanier is not very convienent to the city of Atlanta.
I can't help that. If it were up to me, I would have put the lake closer.
But I promise you will have a blast and it will be worth the drive.
It's not every day you can go to the lake and swim with your dogs and a group of other dog lovers.
So just come. No excuses and no complaints about the distance. You will have a good time. Summer's going to be over before you know it.

DAte: Saturday July 25th
Time: 2:30pm
***Check here before you leave for last minute weather cancellations***

If you wish, you can go in the water. If you don't want to go in, that's OK so long as your dog already knows how to swim and has a reliable recall. If you don't want your dogs to go swimming then that's OK too.
I plan to go in the water. If you don't want to go in, perhaps I or someone else will help guide your dog in.

The water is shallow. Teaching your dog to swim should be fairly easy and quick if you are able to go in the water. The paddling is instinctual and is extremely funny to watch them do it once they get the hang of it. And take it from me, even if your dogs don't like baths or getting wet, there is a very high likelyhood they will enjoy swimming anyway.
Swimming is great exercise for dogs.

The swimming area we are going to is not fenced in but it is a considerable distance from roads or cars. If sunny, the dogs will be mostly dry by the time you get back to the parking lot. We will hike to the end of the trail then hike down to the shorline/beach.


Suggested Do's & Don'ts

DO bring a towel(s).
DO bring waterproof shoes like crocs. Flip flops *will not* cut it.
Do wear sunscreen.
Do wear a bathing suit.
DO bring a long lead (10' nylon leash) If your dog gets very excited after having a bath or getting wet.
DO take the keyless entry remote off your keychain and leave it in your car (trust me on this one)
Do bring cleanup baggies
Do bring a favorite dog toy like a ball or frisbee
Do bring a friend or family member
Do bring something refreshing to drink.

Don't make up reasons why you can't attend!!
Don't take more than one leashed dog in the water at a time. Have someone hold your other dog.
Don't assume your dog won't like swimming. At least give it a try.
Don't leave valuables in your car. Better yet. Don't bring valuables.
Don't leave home without a leash.


Please... If you RSVP "yes" and something comes up and you can't attend, please change your RSVP to "no"


Meetup location: Lanier Point Park in Gainesville. (OH come on, no complaining about the distance)

Directions (EASY! ONLY 2 TURNS!): From atlanta: take I-85 north to the I-985 wishbone. Bear left (2 left lanes) Head north on 985 to exit #20 (Alt 53/Rte60/Queen City Parkway). Take this heading west for 2 miles. It will merge into Hwy 53/Dawsonville hwy. Go another 1.25 mile and turn left onto LAnier Valley Dr. (Lookout for a BP station and car wash on your right) Take this road about 0.30 until the road ends. It ends in a parking lot. You will see a wooden covered foot bridge off to west. This is where we will gather.


From 400/Alpharetta/Cumming:
Take 400 north to Hwy 369 and take a right heading east. Go down 10 miles until you get to McEver Rd/Hwy53 and turn left. Go north about 1.25mile until you get to Dawsonville hwy and take a left. Go down about a quarter of a mile and turn left onto LAnier Valley Dr.(Lookout for a BP station and car wash on your right) Take this road about 0.30 until the road ends. It ends in a parking lot. You will see a wooden covered foot bridge off to west. This is where we will gather. We will depart for the hike within 10-15 minutes of the meetup time. IF you are lost, or running late, call: [masked]

Link to Bing maps and google maps.
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This is a FREE meetup.
Although a buck or two to support the group is appreciated. Rachel has been paying out of pocket for the Meetup.com subscription.

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  • Gary

    Hi Jenn,

    July 26, 2013

    • Gary

      I totally goofed with the post. :-/

      July 27, 2013

  • Gary

    long have you been in ATL?

    July 26, 2013

  • Gary

    long have you been in ATL?

    July 26, 2013

  • Gary

    long have you been in ATL?

    July 26, 2013

  • Gary

    A few years ago we went to Lake Lanier. Also there is a beach in FL near Destin.

    July 26, 2013

  • Gary

    A few years ago we went to Lake Lanier. Also there is a beach in FL near Destin.

    July 26, 2013

  • Gary

    A few years ago we went to Lake Lanier. Also there is a beach in FL near Destin.

    July 26, 2013

  • Gary

    Hi Jenn,

    July 26, 2013

  • Gary

    Hi Jenn,

    July 26, 2013

  • Gary

    Hi Jenn,

    July 26, 2013

  • Gary

    Hi Jenn,

    July 26, 2013

  • Trina

    We had such a great time. =-) thanks

    August 4, 2009

  • Todd S.

    Gary, Yes I have some pictures but haven't had a moment to edit and upload them.

    August 1, 2009

  • Gary

    Did anyone take pictures from our trip?

    August 1, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    My dogs and I had a blast! It was the first time swimming for my foster and she loved it (granted she's a golden ret.). Even my dog who isn't very social when it comes to people and dogs felt at ease with all the action going on around her. Now that I know where that place is, I'll be heading up there more often!

    July 27, 2009

  • Gary

    This was a lot of fun!

    July 26, 2009

  • Karyn

    We had a great time! Thank you for organizing!

    July 26, 2009

  • Candace A.

    This was our first meetup and Dart's first swim....we had a GREAT time! Met some great people and can't wait for the next event!

    July 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great experience with all the dogs. Weather was perfect, water was nice.

    July 26, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lots of fun. However my larger dog decided that he was the alpha-male and grabbed other dogs. I don't think that he actually hurt them, but I don't think he should go on the next trip.

    July 25, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    Never have seen so many different types of dogs in one location. All the dogs and owners had a wonderful time. Some of the dogs just were not into swimming, others you could not get them out of the water. Overall it was a great day, fabulous location, and something that needs to be done again!

    July 25, 2009

  • Todd S.

    In case anyone is concerned about their dog's ability to swim, just remember, swimming is *not mandatory*. You are more than welcome to just go on the hike and hang out with us at the beach. If you want to give it a try, that's fine. If you're not comfortable with it, that's fine too. Nobody will call you a party pooper for not going in.
    You might also consider a doggie lifejacket like the one shown at the link below.
    http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2753838

    July 22, 2009

  • Todd S.

    Fawn, that is an excellent question.
    The "park rules" dictate that dogs must be on a leash.
    Technically, I believe the park ends where the lake begins and because the area I plan to take us to is secluded from the rest of the park visitors that dogs swimming offleash in the lake shouldn't pose a problem for other park visitors as long as they are completely under your control.
    It's not a designated dog swimming hole, per se... it is Lake Lanier. It's not fenced in.

    July 5, 2009

  • A former member
    A former member

    For this drive is an easy and short one. My question is do you have to have your dog on a leash while swimming? or is this an off leash swimming hole for the dogs?

    July 5, 2009

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