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Ladies enjoy a special evening on new pontoons (Photo by Dave Johnson)

A host of activities at the Big Canoe Marina

Warm weather has arrived and the Big Canoe Marina is the place to be. The marina has just undergone a makeover thanks to a hard day’s work by a half-dozen volunteers who painted the wrought iron tables and chairs, maintenance shed, restrooms, and ice machine cover. The new pontoons are launched, running, and available to rent. A host of activities, besides fishing, are available to water-lovers.

Ladies of the Lake The event was originally organized as monthly boat rides on Lake Petit for ladies only. The boats accommodate a dozen and a captain. Ladies bring snacks and drinks, decorate the tables, socialize and cruise the lake for two hours for a mere $10. The water adventure was so popular that a second cruise was added each month, so the pontoons set sail on the first and second Wednesdays of the month. Boats leave the dock at 6 p.m. and return two hours later. Call Jim Yahres at 706-268-3303 to get on the list for a pontoon ride early because the pontoons fill fast.

Moon Watch. This informal gathering on the nights of the full moon is the brainchild of Fran Farias, the Moon Maiden. About 90 minutes before sunset, moon watchers gather at the Marina and set off in a pontoon, canoe, or paddleboard. Bring drinks and snacks. Don’t own transportation? Call the Big Canoe Marina at 706-268-3303 to reserve a pontoon, canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. On Tuesday, May 29, folks will gather at the Big Canoe Marina for the next moon watch. Contact Fran at 404- 625-4741 to schedule.

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Some activities are unofficial but enjoyed by all (Photo by Bob Mackey)

Cigar Club. The cigar club is another informal group that meets every other week gathering at the Marina Shack to light up, sip their favorite drink of choice, and solve the world’s problems. Contact Steve Papke at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Bob Mackey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more info or to get on the club’s email shout-out list.

Kids’ Fish Camp. Fishermen will teach kids how to fish at four summer fish camps. Camps are scheduled on June 20-22, June 27-29, July 18-20, and July 25-27. Camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon. The cost of the three-day camp is $125 and includes a new rod and reel, tackle kit, and expert fishing instruction. Fishing is from a pontoon boat with an experienced captain and first mate. Kids bring lunch from home. Call the Big Canoe Marina at (706) 268-3303 for information or to register.

Hook a Kid on Fishing. The Big Canoe POA is sponsoring fisherkids on Saturday, June 17 at the annual Hook a Kid on Fishing. Pick up tournament registration forms from the Big Canoe Marina, Canoe Lodge, Postal Facility or on the POA website, www.bigcanoepoa.org. The tournament entry fee is $5 per angler and $10 after Monday, June 5. Register early to be guaranteed a t-shirt. Young anglers will receive a t-shirt, goody bag, bait, snacks, and water. Kids are encouraged to provide their own fishing poles. Tournament check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. at the lower Chapel parking lot and adults and children will be shuttled by bus to Lake Petit. Fishing will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will conclude around noon. Shuttles will provide transportation back to the Playfield, where awards and prizes will be announced. For more information, contact Kim Cooper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 706-268-3346 or the Big Canoe Marina at 706-268-3303.
Marina hours and fishing. Marina spring/summer hours April through September are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call the Big Canoe Marina at 706-268-3303 to make reservations for pontoon, kayak, and paddle board rentals.

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Lake Petit fisherman lands the catch of the day (Photo by John Lipkowitz)

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