How to Practice Social Distancing at Lake Oconee

March 23, 2020

Should you find yourself at Lake Oconee during this time, we’ve come up with some ways that you can practice social distancing while still enjoying the great outdoors. How can you make sure you are following guidelines to keep you and your loved ones safe and healthy? The CDC defines social distancing as it applies to COVID-19 as “remaining out of congregated settings, avoiding mass gatherings, and maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet) from others when possible.”

Get out on the water

With more than 19,000 acres of water, Lake Oconee offers plenty of wide open space to get out and breathe in the fresh air.

Boat and jet ski rentals are available at Young Harris Watersports.  A great way for you and your family to enjoy some space. In addition, they offer non-motorized options such as; canoes, kayaks and paddleboards.

Home cooked meals taste way better with fresh fish. Lake Oconee is one of the top bass fishing lakes in Georgia. In addition, crappie, catfish, white bass, bluegill, stripers, hybrid striped bass and sunfish all reside here.

Camp out

Camping provides families with a way to isolate themselves from others to prevent spreading the virus without the stress of having to stay cooped up inside for days.

There are three campsite options located around Lake Oconee, including Old Salem Campground.

For a one-of-a-kind experience, the campground at Lake Oconee KOA features 23 authentic railroad boxcars, club cars and cabooses dotted across 55 acres—and you can spend the night in one.

Go golfing 

There are six golf courses that are currently open in Greene County and provide people of all ages the opportunity to get outside and enjoy a hobby they love during this time. All of the courses are taking precautions to protect the health and wellbeing of the players.

Ride a bike or take a hike

Rock Hawk is an outdoor classroom with hundreds of educational displays along the 15 miles of trails that surround and lead to the Rock Hawk Effigy. Fill a backpack with snacks, and maybe a ball or Frisbee, then hop on your bike to soak up some natural beauty.

If you are looking for something more adventurous, Durhamtown Off Road Resort is open. You can rent cabins, RV spots, and all of your equipment.

For questions or to plan your getaway to Lake Oconee contact