Cruise around the lake
Sometimes the best ways to have fun are also the simplest. What more do you really need than a boat or jet ski on one of our twin lakes to have a blast on your day off? There are several places in Georgia’s Lake Country to rent your water vehicle of choice so you can cruise around the lake for hours of fun and relaxation. Check out Oconee Wild Watersports, Young Harris Water Sports, Typhoon Tommy’s, Twin Lakes Jet Ski, Sinclair Marina and more to rent everything you need to take your bro out on the lake.
Learn to wakeboard or hydrofoil
Impress all your friends with your new skills! Being able to skillfully ride a wakeboard or the more recently popular hydrofoil will give you some bragging rights and guarantee you a new fun activity for many summers to come. Oconee Wild Watersports, located behind That Pizza Place at Lake Oconee, can teach you to ski, wakeboard or hydrofoil. (They also offer paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, pontoon boats and jet skis.) Call them ahead of time, and they’ll take you out on the water for a day of bromance under the sun.
Who can catch the biggest bass? Take your bro out for a fun day of fishing on the lake! Georgia Power parks offer public docks and shoreline on both Lake Oconee and Lake Sinclair for you to fish at your leisure. Be sure to check out their website for a list of the most common fish in our twin lakes and a PDF of Lake Sinclair fish attractors.
If you’re not comfortable with going it alone, or just want a new experience, Sinclair Marina offers guided fishing tours so you can explore the lake and have a friendly bass fishing competition with your friends.
Hone your poolside manner
If you’re looking for a day of luxury and chilling by the pool, there’s a place for you in each part of Georgia’s Lake Country. Lounge around in style at The Lodge on Lake Oconee in Eatonton or the Ritz-Carlton in Greensboro. Even the Antebellum Inn in Milledgeville, though a smaller establishment than the other two, offers a beautiful saltwater pool to all guests right in the middle of the historic downtown area. You can also rent out the pool cottage adjacent to the main house for a larger gathering or extended stay.
Show your guns
The Cedar Creek Shooting Range is the place to go in Georgia’s Lake Country if you want to perfect your target shooting. The range is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday (excluding some major holidays), so it’s the perfect stop during a weekend getaway with your buddies. The fee is $5 per shooter per day. Make sure you take a look at the website before heading out, though, to ensure your weapons are allowed and you’re equipped to follow the range rules.
Hike through rugged terrain
The Rock Hawk Park on Lake Oconee is free and open to the public for hiking, biking, boating, camping, swimming, fishing, picnicking and hunting. This park functions as an outdoor classroom and has 15 miles of multi-use trails, plus 20 miles of biking trails. Join them on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. for Trailhead Tuesdays.
Andalusia Farm in Milledgeville has a relaxed trail through the woods on the 500-acre farm that once was home to famed author Flannery O’Connor. This is a must-see for literary buffs and anyone else who enjoys a nice 45 minutes of walking in the shade.
Southern Cross Guest Ranch in Madison has hiking trails as one of its amenities; however, you might also enjoy some horseback riding at this ranch and B&B that has been called “One of America’s best dude ranches” by Travel + Leisure Magazine.
Whether you’re looking for action or relaxin’, Georgia’s Lake Country has plenty to offer you and your bros for the ideal guys’ getaway. See you soon!
Kaitlyn Parham graduated from Valdosta State University with a degree in marketing. A native of Eatonton, Kaitlyn recently moved back to be closer to family. She is the Tourism and Special Events Coordinator for the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce, and as such, she is on the board of many marketing collaborations, including Georgia’s Antebellum Trail and Georgia’s Lake Country.
Sam Campbell is the summer intern at the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce. Graduating from Georgia College in August 2016 with a B.A. in Mass Communication, Sam assists the Chamber’s efforts in strategic communication, including graphic designs, blog posts and social media.