Things to do in Lake Oconee


Lake Oconee is located in central Georgia, convenient to Greensboro and Eatonton, and just a stone’s throw from Atlanta.  Indeed, it’s almost hard to believe that such a fun place can also be in such a convenient location! The list of things to do in Lake Oconee is long and exciting, with many having to do with the lake itself. So, let’s get started, shall we?




Right at the very top of the list of things to do in Lake Oconee is fishing! And that’s because the area is known as one of the best fishing lakes in the Southeast. With species such as bass, crappie, and catfish, you can be enjoying a fresh, delicious dinner in no time!


If you’re not sure how to maximize your day on the water, never fear! That’s because there are several guides who would love to help you have an incredible day on Lake Oconee! 


At Lake Oconee Fishing Guides, Capt. Doug is your guide to finding Striped and Hybrid Bass, Crappie, and Largemouth Bass. 


Also, Capt. Wayne from Oconee on the Fly would love to help you find some stripers and hybrids. 


However, if you’re more interested in catfishing, Lake Oconee Catfish Fishing Charters is who you want to call.


But be assured, whichever type of fishing you choose, you’re nearly guaranteed to have a great time and make lifelong memories on the waters of Lake Oconee. 



As a golf mecca in the Southeast, Lake Oconee has much to offer dedicated golfers! As a matter of fact, there are more than 10 courses to choose from! So, just think of it – a different course every day of vacation! Now, that would certainly fit in with any enthusiast’s best things to do in Lake Oconee!


Next, we’re sure you’re wondering about the courses in the area. And you’re probably ready to book some tee times! So without further ado, here they are! 




Nothing says “Summer Vacation” more than a day out on the lake on a jet ski, SUP, wakeboard, or just a float. And the best part? Well, Lake Oconee is known for being exceptionally clean! This is because two rivers initially formed Lake Oconee and since neither of them flowed through a major major, the lake stays clean! Of course, this is great news for anyone who loves being out on the water. 


Whatever water sport you’d like to try out, there’s an outfitter willing to help and guide you!


As one of the best-known and largest outfitters, Young Harris Watersports has something for every taste and every skill level. So, decide on an adventure and choose from Jet Skis, Ski Boats, Pontoon Boats, Tritoon Boats, Double-Decker Tritoon Boats, Wake Boats, Kayaks, Stand Up Paddleboards (SUPs), and Tandem Kayaks. 


If you’re craving the excitement of something a little different, try your hand at waterskiing with Oconee Wild Watersports. 



Another fun thing to do in Lake Oconee is a land-based sport. And that’s shooting. If you’re more of a landlubber, you’ll love this option!


At Sandy Creek Sporting Grounds at Reynolds Lake Ocoee, you can learn a new skill, have some fun, and up your game a little!


Because here, spread out over 100 acres of scenic countryside, you can participate in a variety of shooting challenges. Among them include 20-station sporting clays course, a five-stand shooting range, a sporting clays instructional and games area, an air rifle range, and an archery range.


But what if you’re not a shooter? Don’t worry! You can try something a little different – like our off-road course! While not for experts, this course provides a fun challenge for bigger and intermediate drivers. 


Craft Beer

While there’s no doubt that the craft beer movement has taken over, Lake Oconee has definitely kept up with the times! That’s because here, you can sample a wide variety of craft beers at the ever-popular Oconee Brewing Company. From refreshing pale ale to a dark wheat beer and back to a red ale, you’ll definitely find something to whet your whistle here!



So what tops everyone’s list of best things to do in Lake Oconee on vacation? Well, shopping, of course! Because you simply must bring home a small memento of your treasured time here. And what better way to do that than to take a day (or two) to find the perfect item. Here are some suggestions: 


Lake and Local is not just a lovely gift shop, but also an event venue! How does it get more convenient than that?


Be sure to pick up your fresh local produce, as well as some deli items and delicious coffee at Ripe Thing Market. In addition, you can also purchase a variety of items from Red Mule, Way Better Snacks, Sweet Tea’s Olive Oil soap, and even a line of Amish jams and jellies.


Genuine Georgia is definitely not to be missed! That’s because this welcoming shop displays the art and artisan work of local Georgia artists. You can bring home a one-of-a-kind piece while also supporting locals. 


The Pink Stitch is a family-owned and operated boutique specializing in gifts, jewelry, and fashionable clothes. With all of these items in stock, it shouldn’t be hard to find the perfect thing for yourself or your loved ones. 



And of course, what’s the first thing you should arrange for? Well, that would be your vacation rental accommodations, of course! Please let us help with our variety of beautiful properties

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Alex Zemianek