Fishing & Boating

Some of the best fishing in the Southeastern United States is found right here, amidst the incomparable beauty of Callaway Resort & Gardens. Our thirteen sparkling lakes are renowned for enormous bream, crappie, shellcrackers, and trophy sized bass, and several lakes are seasonally stocked with rainbow trout. And because our lakes are private, no fishing license is needed. If fishing is not your sport, enjoy some relaxing time on the water and spectacular views with a kayak or boat excursion.

Things To Know


Gardens


Hours of Operation

Boathouse

Daily, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

**last rental goes out at 4 pm

Callaway Outdoors Pro Shop:

Daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

Personalized Trout Trip

2 person max. Catch & release.(Half Day – $250/ Full Day + Lunch – $375)

Please Call (855) 583-3758 to Book 

 

Callaway Outdoors & Boathouse operates daily year round (hours flex seasonally). This location offers jon boat rentals, canoes, kayaks, shore fishing, and private guided fishing excursions. Our lakes have some of the best fishing in the Southeast and carry trophy size bass. All fish are catch
and release. Fishing is only allowed in Mountain Creek Lake, unless booked on a guided trip.

Please Note: For the maintenance and health of our lakes, for the foreseeable future, Bass will be catch and release only as we work to develop a trophy fishing program at Callaway.

Ferry Boat Tours at Mountain Creek Lake

Take a Ferry Boat tour around Mountain Creek Lake this Summer season. Cost is $250 for up to 10 people. Reservations are required, so please call us at (855) 583-3758 to book your tour. Tours run from 5-7 PM daily.

Shore Fishing at Mountain Creek Lake

Callaway Gardens fishing from the shore is allowed at the Boat House on Mountain Creek Lake, located beside the Callaway Outdoors shop.

With stocked live worms/crickets ($5 per container) and fishing poles available for rent ( $15 per rod & tackle) it’s as easy as just showing up for a fun day at Callaway. Shore fishing must be registered at the Pro Shop, $10 per hour, and children 5 and under are $5 each!  All children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of their fishing experience. Come teach a child to fish and enjoy a lifetime of memories. Reminder: Bass are catch and release.

Get Outside with Callaway Outdoors

Callaway Outdoors is pleased to offer jon boat, canoe, kayak, rod and tackle rentals, and the on-site pro shop offers gear and snacks, so all you need to do is arrive and enjoy some time outside in nature.

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Rates & Rentals

Boat and equipment rentals are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Guided excursions and private instruction require a minimum of seven days notice. For reservations and more information, call (855) 583-3758 or email rcrenshaw@callawaygardens.com.

  • Jon Boat Rentals with Trolling Motors
    • Half Day (4 Hours):  $35 for 1 person, $50 for 2, $65 for 3
    • Full Day (8 Hours):  $55 for 1 person, $70 for 2, $85 for 3
  • Canoe Rental:  $20 for first hour, $25 for 2, $30 for 3 | Life Jacket Required $5 per person
  • Tandem Kayak Rental: $30 for first hour, $35 for 2, $40 for 3 | Life Jacket Required $5 per person
  • Shore Fishing at Mountain Creek Lake: Age 6+) $10 per hour; children 5 and under are $5
  • Rod & Tackle Rentals:  $15 per 1 person
  • Private Fly-Fishing Instruction:  $60 for 1-hour casting lesson, $30 when part of a guided excursion
  • Guided Fly-Fishing, Trout Fishing Trip, or Bass Excursion:

    Avid anglers and novices alike will relish the chance to take a guided trip on one of our 12 lakes that are otherwise off limits for fishing. Certified instructors lead the way on half- or full-day guided trips for largemouth bass, bream, and seasonal rainbow trout, dependent on the season. Our Team at Callaway Outdoors provides all the necessary equipment, and fly-fishing trips are done primarily on float tubes on our professionally managed lakes.

    Please note that to maintain the integrity of our beautiful landscape, our guided trips are catch and release only. Float tubes and fly-fishing equipment are only for instruction and guided trips, and are not available for rental.

    Private instruction is also available. All of our courses are taught by professional casting instructors with years of experience and an infectious passion for their pursuits.

    • Half-Day (4 Hours):  $250 for 1-2 people, $100 for each additional person
    • Full-Day (8 Hours):  $375 for full day for 1-2 people, $150 for each additional person. Price includes lunch.
  • Two-Day Fly Fishing School: $350 per person

Fishing Limits

For the maintenance and health of our lakes, for the foreseeable future, Bass and Carp will be catch and release only as we work to develop a trophy fishing program at Callaway. Bream limit is fifteen (15) per boat. Crappie limit is thirty (30) per boat.

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Please Note:

Shore (bank) fishing is only allowed at Mountain Creek Lake under supervision of Callaway Outdoors Pro Shop.  No other bank fishing is allowed at Callaway Resort & Gardens to protect the nature of the Gardens and health of the lakes. Private boats, float tubes, and the use of bait fish is strictly prohibited. 

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