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Lake Blackshear in Georgia

Trip Overview

Lake Blackshear is an 8,600 acre lake in middle Georgia. It ranges from swampy areas near the shore to open flatwater. I encountered many powerboats during my excursion today. Fishing seems to be good at this lake.

There are signs warning of alligators, though I did not see any today. However, I did see many turtles and water fowl. I think birdwatching would be nice here during warmer seasons.

Once you leave the park area you will encounter homes built along the shore. You will have to paddle a while to get past these residences and back to a natural setting.

All in all, this is a good trip for relaxation, exercise, and maybe a little exploring in the tree stands near the shore.

Accommodations:

Georgia Veterans State Park does have camping areas for both tents and RVs. Lake Blackshear Resort offers very nice accomodations. The resort has a marina for larger boats, as well.

Fees:

Georgia Veterans State park has a $3 entrance fee.

Directions:

Travelling on I-75, take Exit 101 in Cordele, GA. Go west about 9 miles and you will see the entrance to Georgia Veterans State Park and Lake Blackshear Resort.

Resources:

The main office at Georgia Veterans State Park sells topographical maps of the entire lake; both waterproof and non-waterproof versions.

  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water
  • Group Rates: No

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