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Mar 30 2012

Spring is Here!!

by Amanda L

The official beginning of spring started a few weeks ago and spring break is next week. What better way to celebrate but to spend some time in the great outdoors. I have written before about a variety of outdoor places  to visit and  fishing opportunities around the state. A new opportunity for day excursions and fishing is the new Georgia Go Fish Pass. This pass will allow up to six people free admittance to the Go Fish Education Center in Perry, Georgia. You may be required to show identification. The pass can be checked out from your local branch or reserved if all of the passes are in use. The pass is checked out for one week. NOTE: The center is only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Looking for hiking opportunities around Atlanta? Of course there are the state parks around the state. Don’t forget that  you may reserve a Georgia Park pass just like you would any other material. You may check it out for seven days. The Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s website lists all of the participating parks and historic sites. Georgia Parks that are located on National Forest land are not included in this park pass.

Closer to home in DeKalb County, the Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve is another opportunity which is free. The local ranger provides interpretive hikes for free for individuals.  For more information, check out their calendar of events.

And when you’re not out in nature, why not come to some of the Library’s spring break programs? We have games, crafts, movies and more for the whole family.

The Library offers several hiking books for the Atlanta area:

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May 4 2009

Staycation Ideas

by Amanda L

Charlie Eliott Wildlife Center 2009_parkpass Gaithers Plantation

Now that Spring break is over, Summer is not far away. Many of us will be looking for ways to have fun close to home. Last year was the first time I had heard of a staycation. The Library has many ways to enjoy your staycation. We have books, movies, music and free programs.

Libraries throughout Georgia have again partnered with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to be able to check out Georgia parks and historic passes for free. Here at DCPL, you may reserve a Georgia Park pass just like you would any other material. You may check it out for seven days. The Georgia Department of Natural Resource’s website lists all of the participating parks and historic sites. Georgia Parks that are located on National Forest land are not included in this park pass.

The Library has a few travel (staycation) books on Atlanta. These can be helpful to find some places that you would not have thought to visit. Some examples areFrommer’s Atlanta, Atlanta: A Complete guide and Around Atlanta with Kids.

The Library also has a few travel books on Georgia. For those day trips, try Hidden Georgia and Georgia Backroads Traveler. These books not only give suggestions on historic and interesting places, they also list a variety of restaurants and inns. One of my favorites that both books mention, is the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle. The owners have recently added the Blue Willow Village with a museum and shops.

For those outdoor people, check out The Hiking Trails of North Georgia. The book gives estimated times and the difficulty of each trail. Finally, for those interested in fishing. Check out my blog post from last year. Have a wonderful staycation!



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Apr 23 2008

Let’s Go Fishing!!

by Amanda L

Lake
Spring is here and if you like to fish, the lakes are
calling! I used to fish for crappie or pan fish until one fatal day, I caught a bass on a worm. The fight seemed enormous after just a little bitty crappie fish. Now it is bass fishing or bust!

New to fishing?

Do you know the difference between a bait or spinner reel?
What about top water lures, plastic worms or spinner baits? The library
has several books on freshwater fishing, fly rod fishing and other
fishing topics. Fishing Fundamentals by In-Fisherman is a wonderful DVD that the library owns that is great for beginners or those of us who are looking for a new bait to fish with.

Now that we know the basics of fishing, what do we need to fish in Georgia?

Of  course you’ll need the gear, fishing pole, bait, a pair of pliers, etc.
To fish on public waters in Georgia, you also need to have a fishing
license. To obtain a license, check out the Georgia Department of
Natural Resources website
.
If it is your first time and you want to try it out, I highly
recommend fishing on one of the Free Fishing Days.  This year they
will be held on  June 6, 2009; June 13, 2009 and September 26, 2009. On
these three dates you can fish any public fishing water without a
license.

Where are some public fishing areas?

There are some great places to fish in the greater Atlanta
area.  The closest Public Fishing Area is  Marbin Farms located in
Jasper and Newton counties east of DeKalb.  There are the big lakes
like Atloona, Lanier, Sinclair, and Oconee, and of course Stone
Mountain has fishing areas. Several of the state parks have fishing
areas. Two of the closest are Sweetwater Creek and Hard Labor Creek.
Many of the surrounding counties have reservoirs that allow fishing. If
you are not a resident of the county, most counties set a nominal fee
usually per boat or car. Some reservoirs in the area are Lake Varner
(Newton County), Henry county has several , and Randy Poynter/Black Shoals Lake (Rockdale County).

Looking for more places or fishing reports? Try these two online sources: Best Fishing in Georgia and Georgia Outdoor News . Have a favorite fishing hole? Please share with us.  Hope to see you on the lakes!!

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