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July 22, 2024

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Lake Winnepesaukah Open for 99th Season of Family Fun

This family owned and operated amusement and water park has been in operation for nearly 100 years and is just a two-and-a-half hour drive from Music City.

Just miles from Chattanooga in Roswell, GA sits Lake Winnepesaukah, aka Lake Winnie, a swimming, boating, fishing and recreation mecca loaded with family fun. Founded by Carl and Minette Dixon, the park opened to the public in 1925. Today, the recreational “playground,” owned and operated by two Dixon granddaughters, is in its 99th season and continues to be a playground for the Chattanooga area, including 40 rides and attractions and a water park named SoakYa.

A dad and his daughter enjoy an icy treat. Photo: Lake Winnepesaukah Facebook page.

Lake Winnepesaukah’s 99th Season of Fun

A visit to Lake Winnie may not be as grand as parks owned by, say, Disney, but this amusement park has offered families undeniable fun for years. There are classic attractions like the Tilt-a-Whirl, a ferris wheel and the Scrambler. Young kids enjoy rides like the magical Bumble Bees and the Frog Hopper. At the Soakya water park, the Winnie 500 racing slide offers nearly 300 feet of excitement!  From the Zoom Flume to the toddler splash park, there is fun forall.  The crazy river, body and tube slides, wave lagoon, obstacle course, and Water Works play area offer mild thrills as well. Rounding out the park are retail shops, concessions, and a changing facility with lockers.

The Cannon Ball; photo courtesy of Lake Winnepesaukah.

Signature Attractions

The Cannon Ball: a classic, wooden, out-and-back roller coaster that many people call a hidden gem attraction. Opened in 1967.

The Carousel: Built in 1916, the carousel came to Lake Winnie from Atlanta with 68 hand-carved, hand-painted horses.

The Boat Chute: The park’s oldest original ride, built by Carl Dixon, this is the las mill chute ride in the U.S., according to the National Amusement Park Historical Association.




Lake Winnepesaukah is located at 1730 Lakeview Drive, Roswell, GA 30741, approximately two-and-a-half hours from Nashville. Operating hours can be found here.  An unlimited ticket that includes entry to Soakya Water Park is $42.95. Purchase online here.


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