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Fannin County is rich with opportunities for water sports and fishing. The crystal blue waters of Lake Blue Ridge, with 100 miles of shoreline, contain the headwaters of the pristine Toccoa River, which flows northward into the Ocoee River in Tennessee. Fannin County is also criss-crossed by creeks and streams, which, combined with the Toccoa River, offer the best mountain trout fishing in Georgia.
Canoeing & Kayaking
The Toccoa River Canoe Trail is perfect for beginners who are looking for a few rapids and some beautiful scenery along the way. The trail is also popular with float fishermen looking for cold-water mountain trout. The put in is located at the Blue Ridge Ranger District’s Deep Hole Recreation Area, a U.S. Forest Service campground of highway GA 60 south of Blue Ridge and north of Suches, GA. Launch and parking costs $5 per vehicle. The canoe trail begins on the north bank of the river, flowing west and north toward Blue Ridge. The entire float from Deep Hole to Sandy Bottoms is 13.8 miles.
Sections of the Toccoa River Canoe Trail include:
Deep Hole to Rock Creek Road Bridge: 1.5 miles with good fishing.
Rock Creek Road Bridge to Margret: 1.0 miles
Margret to Butt Bridge: 5.8 miles with rapids, campsites and a suspension bridge
4115 E. First Street, Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
Fannin Lanes is a twelve lane house. Our lanes are wooden and kept in excellent condition. Juke Box with a huge selection. Open bowling 7 days a week and holidays. We serve pizza, burgers, chicken, nachos, fresh coffee, fountain drinks and more! Currently running a special for one free game of bowling per visit. See reception for more information!
Bring your own boat or rent a pontoon on Lake Blue Ridge for a day of fun on the lake. Boat ramps are available in a number of locations, including Lake Blue Ridge Marina, Lakewood Landing, Morganton Point and Blue Ridge Recreation Area. For a slower, more relaxing day, tube the Toccoa River, or canoe the Toccoa River Canoe Trail, which utilizes 17.3 miles of river from Deep Hole Recreation Area to Lake Blue Ridge. Float fishing on this river trail or below Blue Ridge dam to McCaysville is also a popular pastime.