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Lakeland, Georgia

Paddle Banks Lake

Originally added by Joshua Krehbiel

Kayak through a forest of spanish moss covered cypress trees. Amazing night views. Keep an eye out for gators!

This spot is easy to find. Just off the GA highway 122 is the Banks Lake Wildlife Refuge. You can either bring your own kayak/canoe or rent one for a few dollars.

The adventure begins once you're in the water. Paddle out of the small loading dock area and the entire lake is in front of you. Pick a direction and go! Explore the pockets of cypress trees that are scattered all over the lake. Paddle through them and just get lost!

Find a good spot to float, be quiet, and you won't have to wait long to meet the local residents. Alligators are everywhere!There is also a large osprey nest in the back corner of the lake.

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Chillin
Fishing
Photography
Kayaking
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Lake
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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Epic Cypress Swamp

Banks Lake is such a cool and unique spot. It is a HUGE lake and it is completely filled with beautiful Cypress trees rising from its black waters. Spanish Moss blows in the wind and it is one of the most peaceful scenes you will find anywhere in south Georgia. You can rent a canoe at the boat ramp or bring your own! Great for the whole family

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Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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