Lake Park, Georgia, gets its name from the wealth of lakes and ponds that dominate the area. Ocean Pond, Grassy Pond, Long Pond, Hammock Lake, and Pike Pond are only a few of the 20 bodies of water that encircle the town. Agricultural lands and woods of pine, cypress, oak, and magnolia are also a dominant feature of the region.
Naturally, water activities are a focus of what to do in Lake Park. There are opportunities not only for fishing, but picnicking, swimming, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, and water skiing.
The lakes and ponds of the area are mostly sinkholes. These are formed when limestone is slowly dissolved by water and become depressions in the earth’s surface, which eventually fill with water. A prominent feature of sinkhole lakes is their circular shape, which is easily seen when looking at a map of Lake Park.
These lakes are great fish habitat and are stocked with a number of sport fish. The most common fish in the area is the crappie. Bass (largemouth, smallmouth, and spotted), striper, bluegill, sunfish, and catfish are also plentiful. There are plenty of campgrounds on various lakes, including Grassy Pond, which in 2015 was first opened to the general public. In previous decades it had been a rest camp for active duty military and managed by nearby Moody Air Force Base.
Another of the areas lakes is Francis Lake, which is also home to the 18-hole Francis Lake Golf Club. It’s a semi-private course designed by Willard Byrd that opened in 1971. From the long tees it’s 6714 yards, with a 131 slope and a 71.8 USGA rating.
A host of other golf courses are nearby, including the Davis Love III-designed Kinderlou Forest Golf Club, Stone Creek Golf Club, Valdosta Country Club (which dates to 1917), and the Madison Golf and Country Club in Florida.