Recreation

Recreation

Although a final decision has not been made on the extents of the recreational activities that will be provided in the area of Hard Labor Creek Regional Reservoir, the proposed activities will likely include: electric or self-propelled boats, fishing, picnic areas, and other passive recreational uses. Because the reservoir’s primary purpose is drinking water supply, there will be some limits to recreational activities to protect water quality.  Prohibited activities include: the use of boats powered by gas, diesel, or other internal combustion engines; swimming, diving, snorkeling, or scuba diving; and hunting.

The Reservoir Management Plan has been approved by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division, and a copy is available in PDF Version.

The primary and overriding objective of this Plan is to preserve and protect the quality of water in the Reservoir. Subordinate objectives are to regulate the management, protection, and preservation of the Reservoir's shoreline and environment; to establish and maintain acceptable fish and wildlife habitat, aesthetic quality, and natural environmental conditions; to protect Project Lands and adjacent Private Lands; and to accommodate the safe and healthful use of Project Lands and Waters for recreational purposes by the general public.

Public Access and Fishing Regulations can be viewed HERE.

Hard Labor Creek Reservoir is now open for public fishing.  

GA DNR Wildlife Resources Division has provided stocked the reservoir with Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Reaear Sunfish, Black Crappie, Channel Catfish, and Threadfin Shad.  See this FLYER to identify the fish that you can find at Hard Labor Creek Reservoir.

BOAT RAMP PARKING PERMIT FEES:
$10 PER DAY PER VEHICLE
(USE ENVELOPE PROVIDED)
ANNUAL PARKING PERMIT 
$60 Walton / Oconee Residents ONLY
$75 NON-RESIDENTS
(must be purchased through Walton County Water Department office)
$100 FINE (MINIMUM) FOR NO PARKING PERMIT OR MISUSE OF PARKING PERMIT

Boat Ramp Annual Parking Permits and Application Forms are available for purchase at the Walton County Water Department, 2171 Highway 81 SW,  Loganville, GA 30052.  Download Application HERE if you would like to print and complete the form prior to your arrival.

Updated Reservoir Aerial and Contour Maps, along with a Brochure for the Boat Ramp and a location map showing the Bank Fishing Location are available for download under the MAPS tab.

The public access boat ramp is located on Social Circle - Fairplay Road at  33°41'31.6"N 83°37'53.1"W