There are many lovely places to visit in Georgia. The city of Covington may be known as the “Hollywood of the South,” but it’s not ALL glitz and glamor. This quaint Southern town also offers many outdoor activities that will keep the entire family entertained whether you are on “holiday” or taking a “staycation”.
One of the most relaxing things to do in Covington is the magnificent Lake Varner in the Cornish Creek Reservoir. Relish in the natural outdoor scenery as you fish, picnic and take in Mother Nature. This pristine lake has eight hundred acres of fresh water for recreation and bass fishing. It is the perfect environment for kayaking, outdoorsmen or those who just simply wish to “unplug”. Lake Varner is open to the public April through October from 7am to 9pm and November through March 7am to 6pm.
Lake Varner is overflowing with water dwellers any angler would want to reel in such as: Crappie, Redear Sunfish, Hybrid bass, Large Mouth Bass, and Pickerel Fish. Just a reminder, all fishermen trying their sport at Lake Varner must abide by the State of Georgia Department of Natural Resources fishing rules and regulations.
Boats with gasoline engines mounted on the transom are not allowed on the lake as the reservoir is supervised by the Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Division. This helps ensure quality drinking water for Newton and Walton County. Swimming or wading are prohibited as well. Admission to the reservoir is free to Newton and Walton County residents and only $5.00 per vehicle to out of county visitors.
Next time you’re looking for Georgia staycation destinations, don’t rule out the beautiful Lake Varner. Among the most beautiful outdoor places to visit in Georgia that are just a short drive from Atlanta and provide a natural environment to relax and enjoy nature, Lake Varner in the Cornish Creek Reservoir is a top pick. With kayaking, boating, fishing and a never-ending list of fun activities for everyone in the family, you’ll enjoy the natural resources and wildlife Lake Varner supplies.