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Banks Lake Full Moon Paddle 2017-07-08

Bring bon-bons, lights, and boats to paddle the moonlit mysteries of our own mini-Okefenokee: Banks Lake, as the sun sets between Lakeland, GA and I-75.

300x225 Moonrise with lights, in Banks Lake Full Moon, by John S. Quarterman, 13 June 2014 Bring something somewhat more substantial and we will have a brief pot-luck at the gazebo before paddling. No cooking at the site.

When: 8PM Saturday, July 8, 2017

Where: Banks Lake Boat Ramp,
1099 W Main St. (GA 122), Lakeland, GA 31635.
Or: 307 Georgia 122, Lakeland, GA 31635, Lanier County

GPS: 31.03492, -83.09619

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Nell Patten Roquemore to be honored tonight in Valdosta by Scouts 2016-09 -20

A chance to see a living legend from Lakeland honored tonight in Valdosta.

Book cover Dean Poling, VDT, 18 September 2016, Scouts honor Roquemore

VALDOSTA — Nell Patten Roquemore has written two books on Lakeland and Lanier County history.

She spearheaded the project of murals being located throughout her native Lakeland.

And Roquemore has been designated as the first woman to receive the prestigious Distinguished Citizen’s Award given by the Boy Scouts of America South Georgia Council.

Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is scheduled to speak in her honor Tuesday during the award banquet, according to organizers.

“I am thrilled to be the first woman chosen and I am truly honored by the selection,” Roquemore said in a statement. “There is no finer Continue reading

Hotchkiss Road to Mayday, Alapaha River 2016-04-23

See the beautiful blackwater Alapaha River while it’s high, in the middle of the Alapaha River Water Trail, from Hotchkiss Road in Lanier County to Mayday in Echols County.

Events: facebook or meetup.

When: 8AM Saturday 23 April 2016

Put in: Hotchkiss Road in Lanier County, 30.93669, -83.0406

Take out: Mayday in Echols County, 30.82827, -83.017179

Distance: 12.7 miles

Duration: about 6 hours

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Rained out: Banks Lake Outing cancelled 2015-08-29

Expedition leader Chris Mericle conferred with John at Banks Lake Outdoors, Intellicast: South Georgia and they agree nobody wants boaters on Banks Lake in a thunderstorm, so tonight’s outing is cancelled. You probably figured that out already anyway, what with rain for an hour or more now and a 70% chance of thundersshowers at 7PM.

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Banks Lake Full Moon Paddle: bring bon-bons! 2015-08-29

Bring bon-bons, lights, and boats to Banks Lake, just west of Lakeland, Georgia, 300x225 Evening falls, in Banks Lake Full Moon, by John S. Quarterman, 13 June 2014

7PM Saturday
August 29th 2015

for the first WWALS Moonlight Paddle and Bon-Bon Eating Contest. Your host, Chris Mericle, has arranged a special after-hours permit for this outing. Join us at

Banks Lake Outdoors,
1099 W Main St.,
Lakeland, GA 31635.

This is part of our continuing exploration of the Alapaha River Water Trail. Printable PDF flyer. facebook event.

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New outfitter: Banks Lake Outdoors Experience

300x159 ARWT Lakeland, in Alapaha River Water Trail, by John S. Quarterman, for WWALS.net, 27 March 2015 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service PR of 11 February 2015, New Partnership Announced for Concession Operation at Banks Lake NWR

Folkston, GA… Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge is proud to announce the ground-breaking partnership that will aid in the operation and visitor services of the Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge in Lakeland, GA. An unstaffed refuge, Banks Lake is administered by Okefenokee, nearly 120 miles away, making work at this remote refuge often difficult. Refuge staff will now be working with Lanier County to aid in the concession operation and visitor services offered at Banks Lake. “I am excited Lanier County has the opportunity for this partnership with the Banks Lake National Wildlife Refuge and the Lakeland-Lanier Chamber” said Alex Lee, Lanier County Board of Commissioners Chairman. “Our board is ready to make this happen.”

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