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Navigate the Waters, Cast Your Line

Jackson County fishing stories are easy to believe. From the world-record Shellcracker out of Merritt’s Mill Pond, to the 79 species swimming the depths of Lake Seminole, Jackson County is a nationally known sport fishing favorite. From the boat or the bank, the winding Apalachicola River and Ocheesee Pond are equally popular places to drop a line for bluegill and feisty largemouth bass. Canoe enthusiasts can explore one of Florida’s most beautiful paddling trails on the mysterious Chipola River, or trade their paddle for an inner tube to splash down Spring Creek. River and creek beds alike often surrender arrowheads, mastodon teeth and other artifacts for the watchful eye.

Lake Seminole in Sneads

Whether you’re a seasoned captain or a novice explorer, our diverse waterways cater to all. Lake Seminole is where the lunkers linger. Behind the Woodruff Dam, the largest dam in Florida, the waters of the Chattahoochee and Flint Rivers meet in this 37,500 acre reservoir. Stumps and grasses provide hiding spots for large-mouth bass, shellcrackers, and channel catfish worth bragging about. While you’re in Sneads, don’t forget to check out any fishing tournaments or boat racing events that may be going on during the warmer months!

Compass Lake in the Hills

For those seeking an adrenaline rush on the water, Compass Lake is your playground. Feel the wind in your hair as you water ski across the glistening surface or enjoy the excitement of pulling a tube behind the boat. This pristine lake offers the perfect setting for water sports enthusiasts to indulge in thrilling activities. Take a break from the water at the Compass Lake in the Hills Lodge, where you can grab a bite to eat at Olle’s during the summer (call for reservations!), or play a round of disc golf at Bear Lodge.

Plan your angling adventure today using our Trip Planner to customize your own personalized itinerary for your stay in Jackson County.