SINCE THE EARLY DAYS OF WOODY BOATER we have been aware of a very special lake in Georgia – named Lake Rabun. For example, only seven pre-war Gar Wood Streamliners are known to exist today, and three of them currently reside on Lake Rabun.
Bud suggested we contact the folks at the Lake Rabun website who have a wonderful archive of vintage photos from the area. Secondly, I wanted to bring to your attention an event taking place the weekend of July 4th, specifically Sunday, July 5th, 2015 at Lake Rabun (in NE Georgia) at 10 a.m. This event takes place each year, but this year Lake Rabun celebrates its 100th anniversary and a special effort is being made to engage as many wooden boats on the lake as possible. I don’t see much mention of Lake Rabun on the website, but it is a wooden boating gem in the northeast corner of Georgia in the mountains.
By 1925 the lake became a haven for many residents of Atlanta, who would make the day long trip by car to enjoy the area. Lake Rabun has a rich and unique Fourth of July celebration that is sponsored and coordinated by the Lake Rabun Association (LRA). I am hoping Floyd R Turbo can report in on this one, but he could be anywhere in North America this weekend knowing him.
OK I know I obsess over this stuff so I had to go look the size of Cobbossee (the lake our family camp is on). I have been to Lake Rabun maybe a half dozen times and it is in fact one of the most beautiful lakes anywhere, It is a smaller lake but has emerald green water and large evergreen trees and great homes all around.
You are correct Gene, Lindsay had a cottage there and boathouses are limited in size to 24′ width, I believe. If you contemplate over nighting at the Lake Rabun Inn , make sure you get the bidal suite. Wilson, you may remember Buzz Stone was a lawyer also (how coincidental) that he should run into you there.
The Mathis Dam finished in 1915 by Georgia Power created Lake Rabun, one of a series of dams creating also Lake Burton, Lake Seed, and Lake Tallulah. I think the only boat ramp is the private one at Hall’s Boathouse and is very shallow.


I will be at my Georgia house just down the road and will surely be at Lake Rabun this weekend.
Thanks Pete for taking the time to share these excellent photos with us from Lake Rabun today.
Wood Boats - Rabun Boathouse, also known as "Hall's Boathouse" is owned by local lake friendly people!  Check back often for updates and also "like" our Facebook page.
Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have regarding any boats shown on our site. Side 1 The Lake Rabun Association, first chartered in 1928, emphasizes property security and water safety; and sponsors events which foster community spirit- wooden boat parades, flea markets, home tours, golf tournaments, and Thanksgiving gatherings.
Then a few weeks ago we received an e-mail from fellow Woody Boater Bud Boland to let us know that Lake Rabun is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this Fourth of July weekend. I would guess that typically 40 or so boats participate in any given year, but it is estimated that there are approximately 80+ wooden boats on the lake, so this year could be quite a sight to see. Given that the lake celebrates 100 years this year, the Lake Rabun Association (LRA) has been assembling a lot of historical information and stories and compiling it into a beautiful book and DVD. Lake Rabun at an elevation of 1689 feet, with a surface area of 835 acres and 25 miles of shoreline, is the second largest lake in the six lake chain.
With a proximity of only 90 miles from Atlanta, it is the perfect getaway from the heat and traffic of Atlanta summers. Bud is planning to be on hand this weekend for the 100 year celebration and if the weather (and his iPhone camera) cooperate, will hopefully be sending us a report from the event. Launched at Halls in the rain and had a marvelous visit with old friends on a steep hillside (the only kind on this lake) near the headwaters. Plan a day trip to Laurel Fork Falls, an eighty-foot beauty on the lake’s north end.Lake RabunLakemont, GAThere’s one marina and a twenties-era inn, and the closest grocery store is a thirty-minute drive.
I am, admittedly, not as active as I should be, but I can recall about 12 years ago when I was restoring my Chris-Craft Sportsman that there was simply not enough website coverage devoted to wooden boating. While not as large as Lake Burton, Rabun offers water skiing, fishing, and wonderful afternoon cruises.
The traditions and love for the lake remain constant, even as vintage wood boats and modern jet skis cross paths.


Every 2 or 3 years Ga Power draws the lake down 20 or so feet to allow owners to work on there boat house or put in new pilings for ones being built. We had a outstanding view from a top of the Methodist Church Boat House to view all the boats as they finished the parade down in front of us. But it’s exactly that quiet charm that has kept families returning for generations to this North Georgia hideout, just a hundred miles from Atlanta. The current Lake Rabun Association was formed in 1970 and remains very active on both the lake and in Rabun County. Chris Craft maybe 14ft utility with the tiller steer system in the water that he had restored among others. As luck would have it was had water pump trouble but a local, I had not known before, Buzz Stone, motored out, towed us to his place and offered wine and cheese on his dock while we contemplated the problem.
As all the folks from Atlanta left on sunday they would tack a envelop with cash on the dock piling and put the empty manson jars on the dock.
Every once and a while I will have to go survey a bought in a boat house on one of those lakes and its nice when the lake is drawn down 20 feet as all I have to do is let the boat down and walk out on the lake bed to inspect the bottom of the boat. Summer highlights include the Fourth of July Wooden Boat Parade—the area is home to one of the country’s largest concentrations of classic crafts.
Another couple, the Witham’s who have obviously been there a long time as their house was (is) on Witham Point were so taken with the visitors that they invited us to a cocktail party at their house the next night. It was the first of six power producing lakes developed by Georgia Railway and Power Company on the Tallulah and Tugalo rivers. Would come around to the docks and collect the empty’s and the orders for the the next weekend. You would here is little outboard putting around the lake as he dropped off the orders for the weekend. Most of Rabun Boat House was torn down in the late 90’s and most of the rental stalls were given an outside face lift.



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