Middleton Lake is one of numerous oxbows of the Altamaha River. Here in Long County, the fabled river is nearing its rendezvous with the Atlantic Ocean and is at its wildest.
This is a relatively unspoiled area, known mostly to local fishermen and a few naturalists.
Though it has been logged in the past, it’s now largely protected. Tupelo (Nyassa aquatica) of a size large enough for a couple of men to stand inside are not unheard of.
An interesting feature of Middleton Lake is this walkway, which I first thought might have been a log tramway. Ronnie Goode explained: This walkway was built by mybrother Jackie Goode & Frank McClelland Jr. around 1966. They built it for Brown Jones who was sheriff at that time. My granddaddy, Mr. Preston Gordon lived in a small cabin at the lake during the summer months and watched over the fishing in the lake. He lived there probably from 1952 till about 1958.