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Public Fishing Areas

McDuffie PFA (McDuffie County)

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MCDUFFIE PFA CELEBRATES 50TH ANNIVERSARY! Click here to read more or click here for a tribute video celebrating this special anniversary. 

Telephone: 706-595-1684

Hours: Open 7 days a week, sunrise to sunset.

For Google Map driving directions click here.

Fish Species: Largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish.

Water: McDuffie offers anglers 7 ponds, varying from 5 to 37 acres. NOTE:  Rod Bender Lake will be open the 1st through the 15th of each month only.

Licensing: To help cover the costs of maintaining these great resources, visitors (ages 16-64) must have one of the following to access Public Fishing Areas except for Rocky Mountain PFA:

Boat access is excellent on all PFA lakes

Facilities: concrete boat ramps, restrooms, picnic tables, tent and RV camping in designated areas.

Numerous accessible fishing piers throughout the PFA

Camping information:

  • No reservations - Sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Campground opens at 7 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Check-out time is 3 p.m.
  • Camping Fees - Tent site w/electricity & water is $15 per night, 50-amp RV site is $25 per night.
  • To protect McDuffie PFA resources, campsite occupancy is limited to one of the following: one motor home and one automobile, one auto with pop-up tent trailer (or other type trailer), one auto and one pickup with mounted camping rig, or two motorized vehicles.
  • Please camp in specified camping areas.
  • When all campsites are filled, no additional campers may stay overnight in the park.
  • Maximum occupancy of a site is 14 days.  Campers using the site for 14 days must vacate the area for at least four days.
  • Campers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Pets are permitted; however, owners are responsible for their conduct and must clean up after them.
  • Consideration of others is important at all times.  Please observe quiet time between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.

Directions from Thomson: South on Highway 17 to US Highway 278; left (east) for 5.6 miles; right on Ellington Airline Road for 2.8 miles; right on Fish Hatchery Road for 0.8 miles.

Additional Information

Below are some specific information sheets for McDuffie PFA that can be viewed and printed for your use by clicking on the document names.

Documents are in PDF format and Adobe Reader is required (get it here for free).

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