Surrounded by natural beauty, and located on the west side of Georgia’s Clarks Hill Lake, McDuffie County offers a variety of recreational pursuits including, camping, kayaking, biking, fishing, and wildlife watching.


Clarks Hill Wildlife Management Area

2610 Smith Mill Road
Thomson, GA 30824

Open year round from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. Admission is free. Hunting/fishing license required.


Clarks Hill Wildlife Management Area is located in McDuffie, Wilkes and Lincoln counties. This 12,700-acre property offers hunting opportunities for deer, turkey, small game, dove and waterfowl. Areas west of U.S. Highway 78/GA Highway 17 are open for hunting during statewide seasons only. Camping is only allowed in designated sites.

Bird watching, fishing, hunting, lakes & rivers, wildlife viewing



Ga’s Little River Water Trail

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An intimate river with a wide array of wildlife and a rich history from gold mines, Quaker settlements  and Native Americans. The trail coasts 20 miles along the McDuffie and Wilkes County lines from the Woodruff Bridge at Highway 80 to Raysville Campground on Clarks Hill Lake.

Our mission is to help you discover a bend in the river where society fades and nature awaits to greet you. Our goal is to celebrate our natural resources through conservation and recreation.



McDuffie Public Fishing Area

4695 Fish Hatchery Rd., SE,
Dearing, GA.

Open year round from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week. Admission is free. Hunting/fishing license required.

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The McDuffie Public Fishing Area (PFA), a 570-acre site characterized by majestic longleaf pines and sandy soil  offering the public a unique and beautiful landscape. Anglers, hunters and nature lovers can all find a place at the McDuffie PFA.

Fisherman can enjoy 7 ponds, varying from 5 to 37 acres, for quality bream, bass and catfish angling.  Three trails offer a variety of geographic characteristics and wildlife to view. Two archery ranges provide practice in both open ground and regular field conditions.  A 12-acre dove field planted with wheat is open to the public on Saturdays during dove season. Several lakes are available for waterfowl hunting during the months of December and January.



Raysville Marina

6584 Lincolnton Rd NE,
Thomson, GA 30824
(706) 595-5582