Georgia’s Lake Country

With almost 800 miles of scenic shoreline at nearby Lake Oconee, Lake Sinclair, as well as Hard Labor Creek State Park’s Lake Brantley and Lake Rutledge, there’s a reason Madison is at the heart of what has become known as Georgia’s Lake Country.

 

Packed with outdoor recreation, fine dining, unique retailers, and luxury spas, Georgia’s Lake Country is made up of the communities of Madison, Greensboro, Eatonton, and Milledgeville. Located halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia’s Lake Country is your haven close to home and the perfect place to enjoy a vacation full of adventure or to simply slow down and indulge in a wellness retreat.

 

Lake Activities

When visiting Georgia’s Lake Country, it’s crucial to know how to play on the lake. Public boat ramps are scattered throughout the area. For Lake Oconee, try Sugar Creek Marina in Buckhead or Sinclair Marina in Milledgeville on Lake Sinclair. Want more information on fishing in the area or to rent a boat or jet ski? Check out the full list of marinas and watersports companies on GALakeCountry.com. Of course you don’t have to be on the water to have fun, enjoy seasonal beaches at Lawrence Shoals Park, Putnam Beach, and other locations to play and lounge shoreside. For a less travelled beach, try Lake Rutledge at Hard Labor Creek State Park for a quiet getaway and non-motorized boat rentals.

 

Golf

If golf is your cup of ‘tee,’ Georgia’s Lake Country is a premier destination for top-rated courses. Experience six championship courses at Reynold’s Plantation or head over to The Creek at Hard Labor Creek State Park to play the course named “4th sweetest deal” in the USA by Golf Digest’s Frugal Golfer. Tee off lake side at The Club at Lake Sinclair or Harbor Club Lake Oconee. With 11 area courses, you will have to keep coming back to discover your favorite.

 

Adventure

A day on the lake or hitting the links aren’t the only ways to have fun in Georgia’s Lake Country. Bikers, hikers, and other adventure sport enthusiasts will have plenty to do on your next vacation. Interested in shooting clays or riding dirt bikes? GLC has you covered. Equestrian aficionados will also have a blast riding the trails at Hard Labor Creek or planning an afternoon in the saddle at Southern Cross Guest Ranch. Learn more about unique experiences you can only have in Georgia’s Lake Country.

 

Spas

With 30,000 square feet for spa treatments and amenities including saunas, steam rooms, and relaxing lounges, The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is the ultimate relaxation paradise. For those who prefer a more intimate experience, check out The Spa at James Madison Inn or Pure Bliss Spa in Madison. Headed to Milledgeville? The Serenity Wellness Spa & Salon is sure to help bring you inner peace.

 

Stay

Whether you’re looking for a night camping under the stars, a quaint bed and breakfast, or to be spoiled in lakefront luxury, Georgia’s Lake Country offers a variety of accommodations for all desires and budgets. Camp lakeside or immersed in the trees at one of the areas dozen campgrounds. Enjoy quaint bed and breakfasts such as The Brady Inn or the 19th century Antebellum style home of Goodwin Manor. Of course the area offers a plethora of hotels in all price ranges and private home rentals as well.

 

Dining

After all the adventure or relaxing, a hearty meal is in order. From waterside bistros to Southern staples and international cuisines, Georgia’s Lake Country has an array of options for you choosing. Perhaps the best way to enjoy a meal is with a slight breeze on your face and the sun warming your shoulders. Explore Georgia Lake Country’s favorite outdoor dining experiences including Gaby’s on the Lake overlooking Lake Oconee and the lake’s newest restaurant, Lake Oconee Bistro. For a more upscale experience, make reservations for Linger Longer Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton,  The Reel Grill of Milledgeville, or Town 220 in Madison.

Fishing & Watersports

 

Known for its fishing and leisure, Lake Oconee is a popular destination for vacationers in Georgia. With 55 miles of shoreline in Morgan County, Lake Oconee is a 19,971 acre reservoir formed by the Oconee and Apalachee Rivers.

 

The latter forms 34 miles of the eastern boundary of Morgan County. Additionally, Hard Labor Creek State Park is home to the 275-acre Lake Rutledge and the 48-acre Lake Brantley. Whether you love to fish, boat, or swim, Madison Morgan County is your next watersports destination.

 

Marinas, Boat Ramps, and Recreational Areas

 

Sugar Creek Marina
353 Parks Mill Road
Buckhead, GA 30625
706-342-2231
Facebook

 

Amenities:
Marine Store with Bait and Tackle
Fuel Dock
Boat Ramp
Boat Storage

 

Blue Springs Marina
1271 Blue Springs Dr.
Buckhead, GA 30625
706-342-9446
Email
Facebook

 

Amenities:
Boat and RV Storage
Non-Ethanol High Test Gas
Full hook up Camper sites
Boat Ramp
Bait, Tackle, and Beer

 

Hard Labor Creek State Park
5 Hard Labor Creek Rd.
Rutledge, GA 30663
706-557-3001
Website
Facebook

 

Amenities on Lake Rutledge:
Seasonal Beach
Boat Ramp
Kayak, Canoe, and Paddle Boat Rentals
Picnic Pavilions
Fish Attractors

 

Apalachee Bait Shop / Quinn’s Landing / Apalachee River Recreation
1010 Apalachee River Rd.
Madison, GA 30650
706-342-3648
Website
Facebook

 

Amenities:
Bait Shop
Tent and RV Camping sites with power, water, and sewer
Boat Access to Apalachee River
Picnic area
Boat and RV Storage

 

Swords Boat Ramp
Blue Springs Rd.
Buckhead, GA 20625

 

Amenities:
Boat Ramp
Picnic Tables
Parking

 

Fishing Guides

 

Oconee On The Fly
404-317-9556
Email
Website
Facebook
Offering: Hybrids and Striper trips, Crappie Trips

 

BigFishHeads Guide Service
770-354-0300
Website
Facebook
Youtube
Offering: Crappie Fishing, Striper Fishing

 

Lake Oconee Fishing Guides
706-887-6110
Email
Website

ABOUT

With almost 800 miles of scenic shoreline at nearby Lake Oconee, Lake Sinclair, as well as Hard Labor Creek State Park’s Lake Brantley and Lake Rutledge, there’s a reason Madison is at the heart of what has become known as Georgia’s Lake Country.

 

Packed with outdoor recreation, fine dining, unique retailers, and luxury spas, Georgia’s Lake Country is made up of the communities of Madison, Greensboro, Eatonton, and Milledgeville. Located halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, Georgia’s Lake Country is your haven close to home and the perfect place to enjoy a vacation full of adventure or to simply slow down and indulge in a wellness retreat.

 

Lake Activities

When visiting Georgia’s Lake Country, it’s crucial to know how to play on the lake. Public boat ramps are scattered throughout the area. For Lake Oconee, try Sugar Creek Marina in Buckhead or Sinclair Marina in Milledgeville on Lake Sinclair. Want more information on fishing in the area or to rent a boat or jet ski? Check out the full list of marinas and watersports companies on GALakeCountry.com or helpful lake information including lake levels and maps of fishing spots from GA Power.

 

Of course you don’t have to be on the water to have fun, enjoy seasonal beaches at Lawrence Shoals Park, Putnam Beach, and other locations to play and lounge shoreside. For a less travelled beach, try Lake Rutledge at Hard Labor Creek State Park for a quiet getaway and non-motorized boat rentals.

 

Golf

If golf is your cup of ‘tee,’ Georgia’s Lake Country is a premier destination for top-rated courses. Experience six championship courses at Reynold’s Plantation or head over to The Creek at Hard Labor Creek State Park to play the course named “4th sweetest deal” in the USA by Golf Digest’s Frugal Golfer. Tee off lake side at The Club at Lake Sinclair or Harbor Club Lake Oconee. With 11 area courses, you will have to keep coming back to discover your favorite.

 

Adventure

A day on the lake or hitting the links aren’t the only ways to have fun in Georgia’s Lake Country. Bikers, hikers, and other adventure sport enthusiasts will have plenty to do on your next vacation. Interested in shooting clays or riding dirt bikes? GLC has you covered. Equestrian aficionados will also have a blast riding the trails at Hard Labor Creek or planning an afternoon in the saddle at Southern Cross Guest Ranch. Learn more about unique experiences you can only have in Georgia’s Lake Country.

 

Spas

With 30,000 square feet for spa treatments and amenities including saunas, steam rooms, and relaxing lounges, The Spa at The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee is the ultimate relaxation paradise. For those who prefer a more intimate experience, check out The Spa at James Madison Inn or Pure Bliss Spa in Madison. Headed to Milledgeville? The Serenity Wellness Spa & Salon is sure to help bring you inner peace.

 

Stay

Whether you’re looking for a night camping under the stars, a quaint bed and breakfast, or to be spoiled in lakefront luxury, Georgia’s Lake Country offers a variety of accommodations for all desires and budgets. Camp lakeside or immersed in the trees at one of the areas dozen campgrounds. Enjoy quaint bed and breakfasts such as The Brady Inn or the 19th century Antebellum style home of Goodwin Manor. Of course the area offers a plethora of hotels in all price ranges and private home rentals as well.

 

Dining

After all the adventure or relaxing, a hearty meal is in order. From waterside bistros to Southern staples and international cuisines, Georgia’s Lake Country has an array of options for you choosing. Perhaps the best way to enjoy a meal is with a slight breeze on your face and the sun warming your shoulders. Explore Georgia Lake Country’s favorite outdoor dining experiences including Gaby’s on the Lake overlooking Lake Oconee and the lake’s newest restaurant, Lake Oconee Bistro. For a more upscale experience, make reservations for Linger Longer Steakhouse at The Ritz-Carlton,  The Reel Grill of Milledgeville, or Town 220 in Madison.

FISHING / WATERSPORTS

Fishing & Watersports

Known for its fishing and leisure, Lake Oconee is a popular destination for vacationers in Georgia. With 55 miles of shoreline in Morgan County, Lake Oconee is a 19,971 acre reservoir formed by the Oconee and Apalachee Rivers. The latter forms 34 miles of the eastern boundary of Morgan County. Georgia Power Lakes provides helpful information on current lake levels as well as lake maps for fishing spots, debris and more. 

 

Additionally, Hard Labor Creek State Park is home to the 275-acre Lake Rutledge and the 48-acre Lake Brantley. Whether you love to fish, boat, or swim, Madison Morgan County is your next watersports destination.

Marinas, Boat Ramps, and Recreational Areas

Sugar Creek Marina
353 Parks Mill Road
Buckhead, GA 30625
706-342-2231
Facebook

Amenities:
Marine Store with Bait and Tackle
Fuel Dock
Boat Ramp
Boat Storage

Blue Springs Marina
1271 Blue Springs Dr.
Buckhead, GA 30625
706-342-9446
Email
Facebook

Amenities:
Boat and RV Storage
Non-Ethanol High Test Gas
Full hook up Camper sites
Boat Ramp
Bait, Tackle, and Beer

Hard Labor Creek State Park
5 Hard Labor Creek Rd.
Rutledge, GA 30663
706-557-3001
Website
Facebook

Amenities on Lake Rutledge:
Seasonal Beach
Boat Ramp
Kayak, Canoe, and Paddle Boat Rentals
Picnic Pavilions
Fish Attractors

Apalachee Bait Shop / Quinn’s Landing / Apalachee River Recreation
1010 Apalachee River Rd.
Madison, GA 30650
706-342-3648
Website
Facebook

Amenities:
Bait Shop
Tent and RV Camping sites with power, water, and sewer
Boat Access to Apalachee River
Picnic area
Boat and RV Storage

Swords Boat Ramp
Blue Springs Rd.
Buckhead, GA 20625

 

Amenities:
Boat Ramp
Picnic Tables
Parking

Fishing Guides


Oconee On The Fly
404-317-9556
Email
Website
Facebook
Offering: Hybrids and Striper trips, Crappie Trips

BigFishHeads Guide Service
770-354-0300
Website
Facebook
Youtube
Offering: Crappie Fishing, Striper Fishing

Lake Oconee Fishing Guides
706-887-6110
Email
Website

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