New Flat Creek PFA Coming To Houston County

The Flat Creek Public Fishing Area will be a 106-acre lake managed by WRD Fisheries.

GON Staff | May 1, 2005

Georgia anglers will have a new Public Fishing Area (PFA) in a few years, this one south of Perry. The lake will be built on an 860-acre tract purchased for the development of Houston County State Park. Fortunately for those of you who like to fish, WRD Fisheries will manage the future fishery on the newly purchased state park as a PFA — likely to be called Flat Creek PFA.

“One of features that the local folks who helped find the property insisted as necessary for a state park was a lake,” said Les Ager, the WRD Fisheries Region IV supervisor.

WRD Fisheries was involved in the land search to make sure the future state park held a good lake site. Once it was purchased, the construction of the 106-acre lake was included in Phase I of the park’s development.

“We really haven’t made a decision yet about how it’s going to be managed,” said Les. “It’s certainly going to be a challenging one because it’s so accessible. It’s within sight of the interstate and less than five minutes from Perry. It’s not even in the same ballpark as any other PFA as far as how access goes. We anticipate a terrific demand for fishing there.”

The bidding process for the construction opened April 12.

“By this time next year the lake ought to be finished,” said Les.

The property is south of Perry between I-75 and Hwy 41. Flat Creek runs along the northern boundary. It’s expected to be open for fishing either by the summer of 2007 or 2008.

Meanwhile, hunting regulations have been proposed on the Houston County State Park that would allow some archery deer, small-game and turkey hunting.

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