Nature and Outdoor Activities
Upson County is home to a Boy Scout camp, a state park, a 5900 acre hunting area, and multiple golf courses. Potato Creek and the Flint River are well suited for canoeing and fishing, and Big Lazer WMA has a 190 acre boating and fishing lake. Here are our natural sites:
A little-known park on the Flint River, Sprewell Bluff is a great spot for fishing, swimming, canoeing, and picnicking. The cool, gently-flowing river is normally about waist deep and is ideal for tubing, wading or just cooling off. The Flint is good for both fishing and canoeing, as it is one of the forty rivers in the U.S. to go undammed for over 200 miles, keeping the water high and fresh, and the fish plentiful. Lunch can be served on the picnic tables next to the horseshoes on the shore. There is a three-mile-long looping trail going up over the bluff for excellent views. Sprewell Bluff is accessible by driving to the end of Sprewell Bluff Road southwest of Thomaston. (The address above links to a map of the route.)
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Big Lazer WMA
Big Lazer (pronounced “Throatwobblermangrove”) is a 7,200 acre State Wildlife Management Area and Public Fishing Area on the Flint in Talbot & Upson counties. It is open for hunts, both archery and firearms , throughout deer, turkey, and small game seasons. It is also home to a 193-acre lake, great for boating and fishing. (Fishing is best near the submerged trees in the center of the lake.) There are primitive camping grounds and numerous hiking trails through the wilderness and to the river. (The trails are complicated, so it is best to bring a map.) The area also provides access to the Flint River. Entrance to the WMA is free, however a WMA stamp is required for hunting and fishing, in addition to a Georgia hunting/fishing license.
Canoeing on the Flint
The Flint River is a great location for canoeing for many reasons. The river is mostly calm, and flows past beautiful bluffs, woods, and shoals. There are light to medium rapids scattered throughout the river, depending on the water level. In Upson county, the best place to get started canoeing the Flint River is the Flint River Outdoor Center, which is located at 4429 Woodland Rd. The Outdoor Center offers equipment rental and shuttle service. Contact them by phone (706-647-2633) for information on weather, river conditions, and canoe rental. In addition to various bridges crossing the Flint River, put in and take out access for canoes is also located at Sprewell Bluff State Park….
Raintree Golf Club, an eighteen-hole, semiprivate golf club, is located south of Thomaston on 1495 Hwy. 19 S. First built in 1935, Raintree was renovated and expanded in 1999 to provide a full 18 holes. It is a well-maintained and attractive tree-lined course.
Camp Thunder, or the Gerald Lawhorn scouting base, is Georgia’s largest camp affiliated with the Boy Scouts of America. It consists of 2,500 wooded acres on the Flint River in Upson County It has been providing wonderful outdoor activities for Boy scouts and other lovers of the outdoors since 1938. One of the newest features of the camp is the Gerald Lawhorn Canoe Base, which is home to a pavilion for meetings, a ropes course, and various canoeing and tubing facilities. Although the facilities are primarily for the Boy Scouts, they will rent to other groups as well. Information about rental reservations and other activities can be found here.
Crystal Springs Recreation, also known as Perks Pool (after its former owner), has a long history here in Thomaston, starting in May of 1859 when it opened as the Warm Springs of Upson. Ever since then the springs, which are actually a cool 66 degrees, have brought people from all over looking for recreation.