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On The Water
Dahlonega is located in the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and one third of the county is in the Chattahoochee National Forest making Dahlonega a great place for trout fishing. All of the streams described below are easily accessible from Dahlonega, Ga. and contain stocked rainbow and native rainbow and brown trout except where noted. However, the trophy trout population in the streams has been sharply reduced in recent years by the encroachment by otter.
Etowah River (2 miles from Long Mountain Lodge)
Fishing above Jay Bridge and the Etowah tributaries upstream from the Castleberry bridge to Jay Bridge is limited to the fishing season. The best fishing is probably in the Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
West Fork of the Montgomery Creek (4 miles from Long Mountain Lodge – we will show you a short-cut)
Montgomery Creek is in the Blue Ridge WMA. Open only during fishing season.
Jones Creek (about 12 miles from LML)
Jones Creek is not stocked and contains native brown trout almost exclusively. Anglers are restricted to using artificial lure on Jones Creek and its tributaries in the Blue Ridge WMA.
Canoeing, Kayaking and Tubing
A float along the Chestatee River's quiet beauty is a pleasant break from the frantic pace of everyday life. The trip downstream from Appalachian Outfitters' Outpost is their most popular trip, especially for first time canoers and kayakers, families and large groups. There are several fun but gentle rapids, great scenery and good fishing. Something for everyone!
Also check out Appalachian Outfitters to obtain river water level information
Fish on our spring-fed Big Pond
Catch and release for rainbow trout, bass and bluegill. No swimming allowed, however.