Poker Run Event Site Maps

Q’s and A’s

Q: What is this boat Poker Run all about?

A: A boat poker run is an event where the participants go from one designated stop on the lake to another by boat. At each stop they will pick up a playing card until they have completed all of the stops and have five cards. When they return to the “Casino” at Landshark Landing the poker hands are evaluated then scored. The best poker hand wins the Grand Prize.


The poker run cards are in sealed envelopes and are not to be opened until the player returns to the Casino. Our event is “Pirate” themed, and we give out trophies to the best “Pirate” dressed boats and crews. This will be our 13th year of this event on Lake Lanier and each year gets bigger and better.


The purpose of the event is to have fun while raising hundreds of thousands of charitable dollars to help local children in need. Come and join the fun, while lending a helping hand to kids in need.


Q: How do I register for the Poker Run event?

A: It’s a five-minute process to sign up for our Poker Run event. Go to our website menu and choose the Sign up/ Registration page. Choose the right level of donation for your boat and crew, and pay by credit card on our secure site. Corporate sponsors have a special Corporate Registration page and can pay by credit card or company check. All donations are 100% tax deductible.


If you choose a level that comes with a boat slip, please be advised that boats under 33 feet should choose a boat slip at docks B or C. Large boats over 34 feet or wide boats should choose a slip on docks D or E. Please be considerate in leaving the largest slips for boaters that require larger slips.


Q: How can my company become a Poker Run event sponsor?

A: Go to the Corporate Registration page on our website and choose the sponsorship level that best fits your desires to donate and receive company exposure. Your company logo will be displayed prominently on our website, on Facebook, and you can reserve levels with a booth at our Vendor Village. We help promote your company so it becomes a household name, while your generosity reaches out to hundreds of local youth that need a helping hand. It is safe to say that an investment in today’s youth is an investment in the health of our community tomorrow.


Q: Is the Poker Run event kid friendly?

A: Absolutely. The Poker Run event is a fun-filled charity event for the whole family. There’s fun, food, a cool vendor village, boats on display, entertainment, and fireworks! If you are on a boat and the kids dress up as a “Pirate” we give out trophies for the best costumes.


Q: I am from out of town. Where can I stay?

A: We recommend you stay at the Lake Lanier Islands Legacy Lodge, Executive Villa Suites, or lakeside cabins as well. Additional lodging can be found at the Hampton Inn or the Holiday Inn Express. A Google search can direct you to a myriad of other hotel options.


Q: How do I get a boat slip for the Poker Run event?

A: Go to our website menu and find Sign up/ Registration for individuals or Corporate Registration for a company. Choose a level that includes a boat slip and reserve your slip.


The boat slips are located at the main event location at Landshark Landing. Please note boats under 33 feet should choose a slip on docks B or C. Boats over 34 feet or wide boats should choose a slip on docks D or E. Your cooperation is appreciated so we can accommodate everybody.


Q: Do I have to dress up as a “Pirate”?

A: No, but the theme of our event is “Pirates”. In fact, the honorable Governor Nathan Deal routinely proclaims the day of our event as “Pirates Day on Lake Lanier”. We have great trophies for the best dressed “Pirate” boats and crews. Arrgh…


Q: I have a pontoon boat. Can I join the event?

A: Yes, we welcome all powerboats, fast, slow, and in between. However, we don’t allow sailboats or PWC to join.


Q: Where can I park my boat trailer?

A: We have a large secure and patrolled parking lot dedicated to Poker Run boat trailers. It is located at the top of the hill from the Lanier Islands boat ramp. See the map for details.


Q: Is there room to park my big truck at Lanier Islands or my hotel.

A: Yes. There are large parking lots, and secure outlying parking a four-minute drive away. Shuttle service is provided.


Q: Is there ice available at Lanier Islands?

A: Yes. There is ice for sale, as well as a full bar and full menu.


Q: Is there power and water at Landshark Landing?

A: No. However there are 15 large padded houseboat slips at Harbor Landing. It’s a short walk through the tunnel under the road to the main event location. Call Harbor Landing at (770) 932-7254. They also have a large parking lot.


Q: Can I carry alcoholic beverages from the boat off the dock or from the parking lot to the boat docks?

A: For legal reasons PLEASE LOAD ALL ADULT BEVERAGES ONTO YOUR BOAT FOR THE WEEKEND PRIOR TO LAUNCHING THE BOAT AT THE RAMP. Also, remember it is illegal to operate a boat under the influence of alcohol. For everyone’s safety, boat captains please don’t drink alcohol while operating your boat.


Q: What fuel is available on the lake, and should I fuel up before launching?

A: There are several gas stations on Lanier Islands Parkway and on the water. Holiday Marina has 93 octane boat fuel. All the card stop marinas offer fuel service.

Site Maps

2022 Card Stops

Stop Name

1. Gainesville Marine

2. Port Royale Marina

3. Safe Harbor Aqualand Marina

4. Holiday Marina

5. Lazy Days Marina

6. Habersham Pointe

7. Pirate Headquarters

GPS Coordinates

Lat: 34.3168797 Long: -83.8743673

Lat: 34.2447817 Long: -83.9624185

Lat: 34.2034673 Long: -83.9685638

Lat: 34.1754390 Long: -84.0003560

Lat: 34.1673620 Long: -83.9962870

Lat: 34.1930330 Long: -84.1012930

Lat: 34.1739510 Long: -84.0293450

Lunch Stops

1. Pelican Pete’s 

2. Pig Tales 

3. Fish Tales 

4. Twisted Oar 

5. Skogies 

Lat: 34.243894 Long: -83.961456

Lat: 34.203546 Long: -83.970420

Lat: 34.184067 Long: -83.939156

Lat: 34.172599 Long: -84.002885

Lat: 34.3168797 Long: -83.8743673

The “Normal Run” will start from a location of your choice. You proceed to any of the card stops in the order you wish. It is important that you understand that there will be many fast boats going up and down the lake during the day, as well as spectators on the lake. You should plan on a minimum of five (5) card stops to pick up your cards. You may choose to also visit the Coast Guard Auxiliary dock at Port Royale Marina and have them inspect your boat. In exchange for the free inspection, they will also give you an extra card for each hand played.

July 17, 2021


Vendor Village Map