About Us

Captain John

Captain John Grobe is a National Safe Boating Council Certified Instructor who holds a U.S.C.G. issued master license and is a certified diver.

Captain John has been restoring and repairing boats on Lake Lanier since 1986. He holds certifications from multiple manufacturers including Mercruiser, Suzuki, Yamaha, P.C.M., Volvo, and O.M.C. His experience includes structural and cosmetic work such as replacing transoms, floors, stingers, and repairing gelcoat.

Captain John Grobe at North Georgia Boating Adventures - Lake Lanier
Captain Mark Willingham

Captain Mark

Capt. Mark Willingham is the owner/operator of Willingham Outdoor Services LLC. Mark resides in Dallas, Ga and is a full time Firefighter/EMT, Quail hunting guide, Bowfishing guide and avid fisherman. Capt. Mark attained his USCG Master Captain license in 2021 while working with TowBoatUS Lake Allatoona. When not spending time with his wife and 3 kids or church, Mark can be found hunting or fishing somewhere throughout the country.

(770) 826-4975

Willingham Outdoor Services

North Georgia Boating Adventures

North Georgia Boating Adventures established in 2021 with the mission of creating safer waterways by sharing our passion for adventure on the water through the education of boaters.

Whether you are looking for an experienced captain to take you on a day of fun and adventure on the lake or you want to become equipped to create your own adventures, you have come to the right place. Join us for a day of exploration, snorkeling, geocaching, or other fun activities. Or, book a private training to help you learn how to safely operate a boat like a pro.

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I was a bit overwhelmed with the new boat I purchased, but Captain John set me at ease. Thanks for the thorough training. Can’t wait to take my friends out on Lanier!

Boat charters on Lake Lanier - North Georgia Boating Adventures

Starting at 3 hrs, $65/hr

Boat Charter Adventures

Make your adventure a day everyone will remember with one of our USCG licensed captains.

Lake Lanier, GA

Boater Training at North Georgia Boating Adventures

As low as $95

Boating Education

Get the skills and confidence you need to operate your new boat like a pro with our experienced instructors.

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Geocaching on Lake Lanier - Get Marooned with North Georgia Boating Adventures

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Geocaching Adventures

Enjoy a day hunting for geocaches around Lake Lanier including caches hidden on some of the lake's islands.

Lake Lanier, GA

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What Out Customers Say...

Brian Kozloski Review
Captain John has taken us out on several cruises recently, we have done a tour ...
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Brian Kozloski
Captain John has taken us out on several cruises recently, we have done a tour of the Ozark filming locations, we have taken friends on a sunset cruise and most recently we took our children and grandchildren out for a birthday celebration day on the lake! Captain John has always done an excellent job every time and that is why we have and will continue to recommend him!
Brian Kozloski Review
Brian Kozloski
Vickie Adams Review
My boating experience with Captain John was amazing! Having owned a boat many years ago ...
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Vickie Adams
My boating experience with Captain John was amazing! Having owned a boat many years ago I understand the seriousness of safety at all times. Captain John literally has everything covered and allowed me and my family to relax and just enjoy a carefree day on the water. He is extremely knowledgeable about the entire lake, so if we were ready to float around in the water undisturbed he knew the perfect stop. I would highly recommend Captain John Grobe for your next lake outing!
Vickie Adams Review
Vickie Adams
James Everson Review
Hired Capt John for geocaching on Lake Lanier. John was very pleasant, showed us some ...
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James Everson
Hired Capt John for geocaching on Lake Lanier. John was very pleasant, showed us some sites/scenery beyond geocaching and gave us some history of the area. Nice comfortable boat.
James Everson Review
James Everson
John Combs Review
We loved our trip with Captain John on Lake Lanier! He was friendly, helpful and ...
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John Combs
We loved our trip with Captain John on Lake Lanier! He was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Not only did he get us the easiest accesses to the geocaches on the lake, but showed us multiple filming locations for Ozark. I cannot recommend this experience enough. It was a memory that our group will never forget.
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John Combs
Michelle McNabb Tanner
Thank you Captain John for an awesome day on Lake Lanier!!
Michelle McNabb Tanner
Thank you Captain John for an awesome day on Lake Lanier!!
Michelle McNabb Tanner
Michelle McNabb Tanner
Jodi Miles
We hired Capt. John to come to our boat for some on-water education. He was ...
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Jodi Miles
We hired Capt. John to come to our boat for some on-water education. He was thorough, knowledgeable & kind. He taught us many of the idiosyncrasies of docking at our side-tie slip & how best to navigate various situations on our particular lake (Lanier). I HIGHLY recommend hiring him to help you how best to safely enjoy your boat! He also works as a charter boat captain, so if you ever want someone else to take the helm so you can relax, he’s your man!
Jodi Miles
Jodi Miles
Jordan Grant Review
Captain John was awesome! Would highly recommend him as a driver for your boat. Timely, ...
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Jordan Grant
Captain John was awesome! Would highly recommend him as a driver for your boat. Timely, professional and easy going while still making the experience a relaxed fun time, & knowledgeable.
Jordan Grant Review
Jordan Grant
Juliana Spaeth-Leek Review
Thanks Captain John for your help getting these newbie boaters out on the water. Excellent ...
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Juliana Spaeth-Leek
Thanks Captain John for your help getting these newbie boaters out on the water. Excellent lesson. Look forward to working with you again!
Juliana Spaeth-Leek Review
Juliana Spaeth-Leek
Jennifer Garrish Sloan
Captain John is absolutely amazing! This was our 3rd trip with him and we couldn’...
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Jennifer Garrish Sloan
Captain John is absolutely amazing! This was our 3rd trip with him and we couldn’t have had a better experience!
Jennifer Garrish Sloan
Jennifer Garrish Sloan
Vickie Mansel Adams Review
My family and I have been out with Captain John many times. We could be ...
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Vickie Mansel Adams
My family and I have been out with Captain John many times. We could be geocaching ,diving for golf balls, tubing or just taking in the sights and floating around on the water. It is always a relaxed outing, John is extremely aware of safety form every angle. He provides the best service possible and leaves you wanting to stay out long after the sun has set. If your looking for a family, work or special event water outing this is who you need to contact. I know you will have a wonderful time and come home with special memories:)
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Vickie Mansel Adams
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