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Montgomery Lake & The World Record Largemouth Bass, Telfair County

Montgomery Lake Telfair County GA George Perry Worlds Largest Largemouth Bass Ocmulgee River Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Montgomery Lake is an oxbow of the Ocmulgee River. A mile or so before you reach the Ocmulgee Water Trail sign for Montgomery Lake & Stave’s Landing, driving north on Georgia Highway 117 from Jacksonville to Lumber City,  there’s a Georgia Historic Marker which gives this beautiful but nondescript place mythical status among sportsmen.

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Approximately two miles from this spot, on June 2, 1932, George W. Perry, a 19-year old farm boy, caught was to become America`s most famous fish. The twenty-two pound four ounce Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoldes) exceeded the existing record by more than two pounds has has retained the world record for more than fifty years. Perry and his friend, J.E. Page, were fishing in Montgomery Lake, a slough off the Ocmulgee River, not for trophies but to bring food to the table during those days of the great depression. The fish was caught on a Creek Chub Perch Scale Wigglefish, Perry`s only lure, and was 32 1/2 inches in length and 28 1/2 inches in girth. The weight and measurements were taken, recorded and notarized in Helena, Georgia and Perry`s only reward was seventy-five dollars in merchandise as first prize in Field and Stream Magazine`s fishing contest. The longstanding record is one of the reasons that the largemouth bass was made Georgia`s Official State Fish. Montgomery Lake is today part of the Department of natural Resources` Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area.

A largemouth weighing in at one more ounce (22.5 lbs.) was caught by Manabu Kurita in Japan in 2009, but since it doesn’t weigh at least two more ounces than the existing world record, it’s considered a tie. Perry’s record is in no danger of being forgotten.

Montgomery Lake Telfair County GA Ocmulgee River Worlds Largest Largemouth Bass Montgomery Lake Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

Today was the first time I’d ever laid eyes upon this place and in appearance it was scarcely different from numerous similar places I’ve photographed all over South Georgia in the past seven years. But the history of George Perry and the world record Largemouth Bass gave me pause. It made this place a tangible landmark.

Montgomery Lake Telfair County GA In Ocmulgee RIver WInter High Water World Record Bass Official George Perry Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

For a third consecutive winter there’s high water on the Ocmulgee. The fishing must be good. Stave’s Landing is publicly accessible at the end of a dirt road about three miles in length. The road is generally safe for travel, though a four-wheel drive is the best way to go.

Staves Landing Montgomery Lake Ocmulgee River Official World Record Largemouth Bass Telfair County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2015

I look forward to returning in the spring.

Montgomery Lake Telfair County GA Dirt Road Ocmulgee River Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 20154

There are many references to George Perry online, but this is one of the best I’ve found:

http://www.mrlurebox.com/GeorgePerryBass.htm

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Durden’s Mill Pond

Durdenville GA Durdens Mill Pond Emanuel County Coca Cola Sign Millstone Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

This sign beckoned me to turn in, but besides turning around and snapping a few shots, I was unable to explore this local landmark as it’s private property.

Durdenville GA Durdens Mill Pond Emanuel County Landmark Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The structure pictured above and the cabin below are all I saw, but there appear to be others on the surrounding property.

Durdenville GA Durdens Mill Pond Emanuel County Cabin Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

The mill pond is a tranquil landscape and a longtime favorite of fishermen.

Durdens Mil Pond Durdenville GA Emanuel County Landmark Cypress Trees Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Scarlet Wild Basil (Clinopodium coccineum) , a species widespread in the nearby Ohoopee Dunes, is present here, as well. I’ve seen more of these interesting native plants in Emanuel County than anywhere else in Georgia.

Durdenville GA Durdens Mill Pond Emanuel County GA Scarlet Wild Basil Ohoopee Dunes Landscape Wildflower Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Parrish Mill, 1880

George L Smith State Park Old Parrish Mill Covered Bridge Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Now the centerpiece of George L. Smith State Park, the renovated structure seen here was built by James M. Parrish, who along with Alexander Hendricks purchased the surrounding 200 acres from J. J. Moring in 1880 and set about building a dam and grist mill on Fifteen Mile Creek. The structure also served as a covered bridge.

George L Smith State Park Parrish Millpond Dam Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgai USA 2014

The pond, filled with cypress trees, is one of the most picturesque places in this section of Georgia and attracts fishermen, kayakers and nature lovers from all over. It’s a bit off the beaten path, but well worth a visit.

George L Smith State Park Emanuel County GA Parrish Millpond Cypress Trees Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Though the lake is man-made, it’s a pristine natural area attracting lots of birds and other wildlife.

George L Smith State Park Cypress Trees Mill Pond Emanuel County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

A relatively short walking trail follows the pond and affords views like these from one of several docks and overlooks.

George L Smith State Park Dock Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

George L Smith State Park Emanuel County GA Cypress Trees Mill Pond Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

George L Smith State Park Emanuel County Mill Pond Cypress Trees Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Take advantage of a peaceful hour or two and stop by when you’re in the area.

George L Smith State Park Parrish Millpond Recreational Boating Dock Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgai USA 2014

One of the most knowledgeable guides to the park is Wesley Hendley, who loves being on the water and has a real passion for the history of the area.

http://www.millpondkayak.com/html/interesting_links.html

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Little River, Cook County

Little River Cook County GA Natural Area Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

One of two Little Rivers in Georgia (the other is a tributary of the Etowah, in North Georgia), this river isn’t widely known beyond the immediate area. It’s collectively part of the Willacoochee-Withlacoochee-Alapaha-Little watershed that drains much of Southwest Georgia. A coalition devoted to protecting these rivers has been formed, as pollution from widespread chemical farming is an immediate concern to their health.

Little RIver Cook County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

To learn more about the Little or any of the other rivers in the watershed, visit:

http://www.wwals.net/ OR https://www.facebook.com/Wwalswatershed?ref=ts

 

 

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Ichawaynochaway Creek at Ichauway Plantation

Ichawaynochaway Creek at Woodruff Plantation Mitchell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Various spellings have been attributed to this beautiful stream over the years and locals often shorten it to Notchaway Creek. It’s a Muskogee word thought to mean “the place where deer sleep”.

Ichawaynochaway Creek at Woodruff Plantation Mitchell County GA Notchaway Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Flint River at Vada Boat Landing

Flint River at Vada Boat Landing Mitchell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

From the high bluffs at the Vada Boat Landing, the views of the Flint River are breathtaking. It’s a great place to take in the real grandeur of one of Georgia’s most beautiful waterways.

Flint River Recreation Ski Boat at Vada Landing Mitchell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Fishing, recreational boating and water skiing are popular pastimes here.

Flint River Water Skier Skiing at Vada Landing Mitchell County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

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Aerial Views of the Altamaha River

Altamaha River Aerial Wayne County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Wayne County

As part of the Altamaha Riverkeeper’s ongoing efforts to monitor pollution, I was honored to be able to make an aerial survey of its lower reaches in 2012, culminating in one of my photographs being featured on the front page of the Savannah Morning News. It was a great opportunity that allowed me to really understand the size of the river and its complex ecosystem.

Altamaha RIver Aerial Everett City Glynn Couty GA Railroad Trestle Altamaha River Park Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Altamaha River Park & Trestle, Glynn County

Though it is a beautiful wilderness, especially when seen from the air, it’s among Georgia’s most polluted rivers. Georgia Power’s Plant Hatch on the Upper Altamaha in Appling County and Rayonier in Wayne County are the main culprits, but hopefully they will soon work harder to balance jobs and the environment. The jury is still out, but with legal actions being sought by Altamaha Riverkeeper, a cleaner river could be on the horizon.

Altamaha River Aerial McIntosh County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

McIntosh County

The wildest stretches of the river can be found in McIntosh County as the river reaches its delta and finally the Atlantic Ocean.

Altamaha River Delta Aerial McIntosh County GA Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2014

Altamaha River Delta, McIntosh County

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