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Sep 01/16

Southern Lake Getaways Posted by: Lindsey Castrodale | 0 Comments

Lake Ouachita Arkansas

Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita is known for its scenic natural beauty and the clarity of its waters. These pristine waters form the largest manmade lake within Arkansas's borders. Named one of the cleanest lakes in America, 40,000-acre Lake Ouachita is a water sports mecca for swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating, and fishing. Angling for bream, crappie, catfish, stripers, and largemouth bass can be enjoyed in open waters or quiet coves along the lake's 975 miles of shoreline.  More at www.arkansasstateparks.com/lakeouchita

 

Pickwick Lake Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama

Known for its renowned sportsfishing, Pickwick Lake is a product of the Pickwick Landing Dam on the Tennessee River in Harding County, Tennessee. The reservoir borders three states, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama, and the lakeshore plays host to two state parks: Tennessee's Pickwick Landing State Park and Mississippi's JP Coleman State Park. More at www.tennesseelakeinfo.com/pickwick

 

Lake Rabun Georgia

Lake Rabun is known as a haven for many, as it’s only 90 miles from Atlanta and a perfect way to cool off in hot Georgia summers. Activites include waterskiing, fishing and afternoon cruises. With a strong and active community since 1928, Lake Rabun is an ideal spot for enjoying all four seasons of the year. More at www.lakerabun.com

 

Caddo Lake Louisiana and Texas

A lake of mystery and history, and a once-haven for pirates and outlaws, Caddo Lake is the largest natural lake of fresh water in the South, covering about 26,800 acres. Half the lake is in Texas and half in Louisiana and within 20 miles of southwest Arkansas. At an average of only six feet deep (with some holes dropping to over thirty feet), it’s a haven for fisherman and canoers, but not so much for skiers and boaters. More at  www.caddolake.com/history.htm

 

Photos courtesy of arkansas.com, tennesseelakeinfo.com, lakerabun.com, caddolake.org

 

By Paula Martin
Paula Martin was born and raised in Arkansas and received her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of New Orleans. She is a writer, teacher, mom, barefoot trail runner, martial artist, and free-thinker always packed and ready for the next adventure. 


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