No matter how you choose to spend your leisure time, Thomson, Georgia and the surrounding areas of McDuffie County have plenty of activities to keep your interests engaged.
McDuffie Public Fishing Area (PFA) is an excellent choice for a fun-filled day outdoors with the family. Pit yourself against bass, bream, and catfish at the McDuffie PFA, open daily from sunrise to sunset, with overnight tent and RV camping at designated sites. Seven lakes from 5-37 acres are open for public fishing. All ponds have concrete boat ramps with courtesy docks.
Visitors can also enjoy covered picnic pavilions, tables and grills, a variety of nature trails, and an archery range and tower with 3D targets. A 12-acre dove field is managed for quota hunts permitted on Saturdays in September. The West Valley lakes are available for waterfowl hunting during December, Saturdays only.
You must possess a fishing license, hunting license, or a Land Use Pass to use the area. Visit the GoOutdoorsGeorgia.com website to purchase licenses and make campsite reservations.
Outdoorsy types will love the recreational activities around Clarks Hill Lake, including camping, fishing, boating, skiing and other water sports, hiking, swimming, and much more. Clarks Hill Lake’s massive 71,000 surface acres sit on the border of Georgia and South Carolina just north of Augusta. Completion of the J. Strom Thurmond Dam in 1952 created the lake along the Savanah River.
Five state parks, seven US Army Corps of Engineers campgrounds, and at least seven other day-use parks facilitate the recreational activities around Clarks Hill Lake. Six commercial marinas on the lake and more than 20 boat ramps around the lake can handle all your boating needs.
Contact the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers J. Strom Thurmond Project Office at 800-533-3478 for more information on recreation facilities – including Amity Recreation Area and Big Hart Recreation Area and Campground – and shoreline use.
Amity Recreation Area – Clarks Hill
This wooded day-use area on Clarks Hill Lake boasts 1,000 miles of shoreline, beaches, boating, fishing, softball fields, a ballfield, and more. Keep an eye out for bald eagles, ospreys, and deer.
5782 Thomson Highway
Lincolnton, GA 30817
Big Hart Recreation Area and Campground– Clarks Hill
Drop a line where Big Creek and Hart Creek flow together on the western end of Clarks Hill Lake. The area offers great fishing, swimming, boating, and camping among a mix of pine and hardwood forest that provides shade in the summer and vibrant leaf color in the fall.
- 85 acres and a half-mile walking track
- Sweetwater Park Veteran’s Disc Golf Course
- nine baseball/softball fields and two football fields – lighted with scoreboards
- two basketball court gym
- two playground systems and picnic shelters