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Though the weather report was iffy, May 26 turned out to be perfect for this year’s Tugaloo River History Tour.

The paddle tour began with more than 100 excited participants. A thin line of fog hung over the Tugaloo River, allowing visitors to see just how special this area is to the state of Georgia. The fog quickly faded, and when it did, the full Tugaloo River came into view.

Hugging its normally tall banks, the river made a swift journey down the Tugaloo Corridor passing land that was formerly owned by Native Americans and then on to the historic Prather Bridge area.

Want something cool to do when temperatures soar this summer?

The Tugaloo Bend Heritage Park near Toccoa has at least a couple of solutions.

The first option is almost three miles of walking trails that wind their way through hardwood forests, glades filled with ferns and soothing sights and sounds of the Tugaloo River. And, the walks will definitely provide a cooler setting even if the sun’s out and blazing because most of the trails are covered in shade.

The Brock sisters, Ally and Andi, have been water skiing for years, winning local and regional championships along the way.

The young women, who live in Toccoa, say it's not so much the winning they like about the sport as it is the camaraderie that goes along with it.

"Everyone might root for you and cheer you on," said Ally, the older of the two siblings. "It's definitely like a huge community."

Andi agreed.

"It's a close-knit community," she said.

In the 15 or so years Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course has been in existence, there have been a few subtle changes since renowned golf course architect Bob Walker put his finishing touches on the Lake Russell gem.

But the changes have had nothing to do with intentional efforts to modify the natural layout of the course.

The newest of dams in the Savannah River Basin, in which a chain of scenic lakes stretches 120 miles from the mountains of Georgia and South Carolina to just north of Augusta, is Richard B. Russell (RBR) Dam. Completed in 1985, it has resulted in the most rustic and unspoiled lake in the system.

How did this happen on Lake Russell?

The headlines are always among the most tragic each summer.

“Man drowns in Lake Lanier Sunday night,” a local media outlet reports. And another, “Two airlifted after boating incident on Lake Burton.”

What begins as a fun day on the water in the summer can end with injury or death.

But there are plenty of ways to protect yourself and your family to keep those fun days on the lake fun this summer.

Sometime this summer you will probably get the urge to go fishing.

When this happens, some people can just pack a lunch and head to the nearest lake with their boat in tow. But what if you don’t have access to a boat?

No boat, no problem.

There’s plenty of quality fishing to be had in North Georgia without ever leaving the shoreline.

Rabun County’s Black Rock Mountain State Park, for example, boasts a 17-acre lake stocked with brown trout, rainbow trout, largemouth bass and sunfish.

At Anchorage Boat Dock on Lake Burton, it’s all about family. And that’s the way it’s been since the Poole family took over the marina in 1967.

Charles Poole, who lived in Piedmont, South Carolina, had a love for trout fishing and regularly visited Lake Burton to indulge in his hobby.

As the sun beamed down and reflected its radiating glow off of Lake Hartwell early one Sunday morning, Kristin Joyner began her usual SUP yoga course with her students paddling behind her.

Lake Hartwell (SUP) Yoga, which stands for stand-up paddle board, was founded by Joyner in 2015.

Unlike “land yoga,” SUP yoga is different and much more difficult, because the “studio” is on water.

Known for her signature red lipstick and distinctive high heels, Debra Taylor Dubeau has always been passionate about style, design, and fine arts.

Dubeau is originally from North Carolina and moved to Hartwell with her husband, Jim Dubeau, in 2007. The Dubeaus have four children and six grandchildren.

From an early age, Dubeau always knew that she was interested in design.

“I remember wanting to be a fashion designer from the first grade,” Dubeau said. “I would make paper handbags and design all the contents with crayons, but home fashion suits me just as well.”


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