Haig Mill Lake approves paddle boarding starting in May
DALTON, Ga. (WDEF) — Dalton’s Haig Mill Lake will allow paddle boarding starting on May 1 after getting approval from the EPD.
The Environmental Protection Division (EPD) has restrictions on ways visitors can use Haig Mill Lake, because it is a drinking water reservoir.
Their limits are to minimize human contact with the water, according to Dalton Utilities.
But the City of Dalton and Dalton Utilities requested the addition of paddle boarding to the lake.
Paddle boarding will now be an addition to the non-motorized boating that was already approved.
Haig Mill Lake currently rents out kayaks to guests. Their kayak rentals will return for the season on May 28.
They plan to add paddle board rentals in the near future as well. But those who own paddle boards may bring their own starting next month.
Paddle boards resemble surf boards and are used for standing or kneeling. Riders can paddle to move the board through the water.
Haig Mill Lake also allows fishing, hiking, picnicking and fitness training.
Recreation superintendent Will Chappell said he is reaching out to various recreation departments to get ideas for paddle board rentals. He added that the lake may start doing paddle board tours or yoga classes on the boards as well.
To learn more, visit the Dalton Parks and Rec Department.