Officials from Indian Springs State Park are looking forward to improvements coming within the next year, and they are thanking visitors for their patience while work progresses.
The park will remain open during construction, offering camping, hiking and biking access to Dauset Trails, collecting spring water, playgrounds, mini-golf, picnicking and more.
For nearly a year, Lake McIntosh had been drained for dam repairs. The lake is now at full pool and is expected to re-open for boating in late April. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ fisheries staff have begun stocking the lake, and biologists expect fishing to resume in 2018 once the bass, crappie and bream have had time to grow. Until then, anglers are encouraged to cast a line at High Falls State Park, just 10 minutes away.
“We know everyone has missed enjoying lake activities, but it won’t be long before we can open it back to boating,” said Park Manager Katherine Darsey. “Visitors will even be able to rent kayaks and aquacycles this summer. Plus, if you decide to visit High Falls, your ParkPass from Indian Springs will get you in for free that same day.”
Work has already begun on a new conference center near the lake, which is expected to draw business and leisure travelers to Butts County. The new venue will have a capacity for 500 people, welcoming family reunions, parties, weddings and other large gatherings. Its location means the park’s swimming beach will no longer be available; however, park visitors can still cool off in the park’s creek or High Falls State Park’s swimming pool.
This summer, Indian Springs will close its rental cottages to make major erosion and landscaping repairs. Interiors of five cottages had already been updated in the past year, so overnight guests will enjoy a much better getaway once they all re-open in late September.
Indian Springs State Park is located south of Jackson, off Georgia Hwy. 42. Its campground offers 60 RV and tent sites and a central bathhouse. For more information, visit GaStateParks.org/IndianSprings or call 770-504-2277. The park is operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.