Where Florida meets the southwest corner of Georgia, the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers converge to form Lake Seminole, where Three Rivers State Park is tucked away. Here is some of the best freshwater fishing in the state. Hike short trails catch sight of Fox Squirrels, White-Tailed Deer, Gray Foxes. Also spot species of native and migratory birds. In the springtime, these slope forests are covered with the blooms of thousands of Trilliums and White Lilies. These are joined soon after by the tubular red flowers of Red Buckeye, which catch the attention of both people and hummingbirds.
The Jim Woodruff Lock & Dam Project was the first of three locks and dams constructed for navigation, hydro-power, recreation, and related purposes on the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint River systems. Lake Seminole borders both Georgia and Florida and has 37,500 acres of water and over 18,000 acres of surrounding land. Lake Seminole is known nationally as one of the best sites for sports fishing in America. Extensive stump and grass beds provide abundant cover where anglers battle Lunker Largemouth, Scrappy Hybrid, Striped, and White Bass. Sizable populations of Catfish, Crappie, and Bream are also present. All in all, over 79 species of fish have been identified.
Trophy Largemouth Bass are taken annually in the spring and early summer from Lake Victor, a 130-acre Fish Management Area. The impounded lake is also productive for Channel Catfish, and for Bluegill (Bream) and Redear (Shellcracker) from mid-May to July. The Landing offers a picturesque view of the lake, a short boardwalk, and dock.
Sneads Park on Lake Seminole offers views of the massive lake. The majestic canopy oak trees are sprawled throughout the park providing shade for picnics. The landing recently has increased for improved boat launching. The Town of Sneads operates this park.
This is probably the most photographed coastal dune lake with a backdrop of tall spindly Slash Pines. Dune lakes are found in only a few locations worldwide. They are intimately connected to the sea through an inflow/outflow channel. However, the outflow does not exchange water all of the time; the actions of sand, wind, and tides cyclically close off the outflow while rainfall and ground seepage increase the fresh water. Eventually, high water forces open the channel again and a more tidal exchange begins to take place. Western Lake has constant seawater seepage and remains brackish most of the time. At 214 acres, Western Lake is one of the larger dune lakes. These waterways have the highest occurrences of rare wildlife species in the state, some of which are found nowhere else in the world. Grayton Beach State Park offers canoe rentals for direct access to Western Lake.
Wright Lake Recreation Area
Just north of East point in Franklin County is Wright Lake. From Hickory Landing, 101-A leads to Wright Lake with camping, picnic tables, trailer space and dump station, restrooms, showers, fishing, swimming, hiking, and nature trails. Wright Lake is handicapped accessible and both facilities have entrance fees.
Camel Lake Recreation Area
The Apalachicola National Forest is the largest U.S. National Forest in Florida. It encompasses 632,890 acres and is the only National Forest located in the Florida Panhandle. The forest provides water- and land-based outdoors activities such as off-road biking, hiking, swimming, boating, hunting, fishing, horseback riding, and off-road ATV usage. The Camel Lake Recreational Area includes a one mile hike on the Florida National Scenic Trail, including a campground, restroom facilities, picnic areas, and benches with a view of Camel Lake, a spring-fed lake which is very popular in warm months.
Lake Seminole Park
Technically in Georgia, this major tourism resource is in Chattahoochee’s backyard and should not be missed! Bordering several miles of shoreline along Booster Club Road, Lake Seminole Park has four major facilities in close proximity. The park is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.