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Mill Pond Kayak, LLC, is offering guided tours of the 412-acre cypress-lined Watson Mill Pond at Georgia L. Smith State Park near Twin City, GA. This is a great outing for school groups, scout troops, church groups, reunions, or family and friends. We'll equip you with kayaks, paddles, vests, and basic instruction. The tours last approximately 2-1/2 hours to explore ten miles of blackwater trails on the mill pond. The company has 10 single-person kayaks and 5 tandem kayaks available.

Tours run at the park from Sept 1, 2009 through Nov. 30th. Call 478-299-6616 or email info(at)millpondkayak.com to reserve your date. Liability waiver forms must be completed prior to tours.

Starting in 2010, tours will run Mar.1 through Nov. 30. Also available are day trips on the nearby Ogeechee and Ohoopee River when water conditions are favorable.

Note: things to bring--water, snacks, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, waterproof camera, insect repellant, rain poncho, and extra clothing.

 

Flat Creek Lodge--Only ten minutes from Swainsboro, Flat Creek Lodge offers an unforgettable experience. With distinctive lodging, you are awakened each morning to the sounds of ducks, peacocks and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and a hearty country breakfast. Flat Creek Lodge is a pristine woodland retreat set amid more than 2,000 acres of East Georgia timber and farmlands. Relax in whirlpools, saunas or rejuvenate the body and soul with a deep massage. The facility offers fine dining, over-night accommodations either in The Lodge or in one of their distinctive cabins, premier hunting, sporting clays and spa. Call 478-237-3474 or visit their website at www.flatcreeklodge.com.

George L. Smith State Park--With 412 acres of cypress lake fishing, George L. Smith State Park is an angler's paradise. The park has over 10 miles of water trails. Private boats (10 hp. limit) are allowed. Canoe and fishing boat rentals are available. The park has 25 tent, trailer and RV campsites. The park also has 8 cabins available for rent. The park is open from 7 am to 10 pm. Park office hours are 8 am to 5 pm. The main entrance to the park is located 4 miles southeast of Twin City off Hwy 23 or call 912-763-2759 for more information.

Hugh M. Gillis Public Fishing Area--Located 7.4 miles west of Adrian on U.S. 80, Hugh M. Gillis Fishing Area is one of Georgia's newest public fishing areas. The property contains a 109 acre lake surrounded by 640 acres of gently rolling terrain. The facility offers a concrete boat ramp, fishing pier, restrooms and a picnic area. For more information call 47296-6192 or visit the state's Wildlife Resources Division Website at www.gofish.com.

Brown Hunting Camp--Experience a great outdoor hunting experience for deer or turkey. Brown Hunting Camp is located within 5 minutes of Swainsboro on over 3000 acres of land. Stay in a modern cabin with all the conveniences of home. Brown Hunting Camp professionally manages its properties with selective harvest and low hunting pressure. Call 912-536-1121 for more information.

Coleman Lake and Campground. Situated on a bend of the Ogeechee River, Coleman Lake and Campground is located off Georgia Highway 56 North approximately 18 miles from Swainsboro. Coleman's Lake offers a seafood restaurant, bar and lounge, picnic area, camping facilities, fishing and live entertainment most weekends. For more information contact 478-589-7726.

Ogeechee River. Meandering along the northeastern edge of Emanuel County, the flow of the Ogeechee River is not regulated by dams like most rivers in Georgia. This allows the river to rise and fall according to the amount of rainfall in its watershed. This natural fluctuation in river level plays a significant role in fish growth and fish success. Traditionally the Ogeechee River has excellent fishing results for redbreast, bluegill, shellcracker and catfish. For more information contact Georgia Department of Natural Resources. A public boat ramp can be found at the bridge upon entering the city limits of Midville, Ga. on Ga. Hwy 56 North.

Ohoopee River. Located near Adrian on the western side of Emanuel County, the Ohoopee River with its soft white sandbars and clean black water offers one of the most scenic rivers for canoe travel in South Georgia. You'll find rare views of hardwood swamps, ecologically unique sandhill dunes and vegetation. The Ohoopee River is great for fishing a day or for overnight trips.