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7 Best Water Activities for the Entire Family at Lake Sinclair

7 Best Water Activities for the Entire Family at Lake Sinclair

Do you need the perfect spot to unwind and have fun with your family this summer? Lake Sinclair is your go-to destination, ideally situated between Eatonton and Milledgeville in Georgia. Known for its clear waters, beautiful surroundings, and various water sports, Lake Sinclair offers endless recreation opportunities for families. Here, we'll discuss the best activities for your family at Lake Sinclair.

Kayaking & Canoeing

Can You Kayak on Lake Sinclair?

Kayaking and canoeing are popular activities on Lake Sinclair and nearby Lake Oconee. Both lakes offer similar fun for paddlers if kayaking and canoeing aren't your style. Paddle along the lake's calm waters and discover hidden coves, picturesque inlets, and wildlife sanctuaries. Renting kayaks or canoes from local marinas makes it easy to get on the water.

Top Spots to Kayak

The Lake Sinclair Recreation Area is an excellent starting point for exploring the lake's scenic shoreline. If you're looking for options, Oconee Springs Park has rental services available and is perfect for beginners. Pack a picnic, hop into a kayak, and spend the day gliding through the water with family or friends.


There's nothing like fishing on the lake with an ice-cold beverage in peace and quiet or with the whole family. Lake Sinclair is known for its thriving fish population, making it a paradise for fishing enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a novice, you'll love fishing at Lake Sinclair, where the fish really do bite.

What You Can Catch at Lake Sinclair

The most common catch, particularly in the spring and fall, is largemouth bass. We know there's a big fish joke in there! If you're taking the kids, crappie is the fish you hope to snag. However, catfish and bream are the most likely catches year-round. 

Fishing Tips

The best time of day to go fishing is early morning or late afternoon because that is when the fish are biting. While it might be easier to get out midday, consider an earlier (or much later) arrival time. If you want to elevate your fishing experience, you can spring for a fishing guide or go with someone who knows what to do.

Don't forget to pack your fishing gear and Georgia fishing license, and get ready to reel in some unforgettable memories. Keep the fish hooks under wraps, and stay safe!

Pontoon Boat Cruises

Lake Sinclair Boat Rentals

Exploring Lake Sinclair by pontoon boat is one of the best ways to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery. If you don't own a pontoon boat, renting one is easy and convenient, and multiple rental options are available.

Where to Rent

You can take off on a three-hour cruise from Oconee Springs Park or Lake Sinclair Boat Rentals. But unlike Gilligan’s Island, you can spend all day on Lake Oconee and come home safe and sound.

Cruise across the lake with your family, anchor near a peaceful cove or enjoy a sunset ride while enjoying a lakeside picnic. Be sure to pack your favorite snacks and beverages for a fun family day out!

Jet Skiing & Water Sports

Lake Oconee Activities

If you prefer riding the adrenaline wave to cruising, Lake Sinclair offers a litany of water sports that can pique your adrenaline. Whether you love jet skiing, wakeboarding, or tubing, there’s something for you out on the water.

Top Water Sports Spots

The Lake Sinclair campground beach area and Oconee Springs Park are two of the top water sports spots in the Lake Oconee area. Just remember your sunscreen while you're out in the hot Georgia sun.

Water Sports Tips

Rent your jet skis at a nearby marina, and grab life jackets for the whole crew. Local safety regulations don't exist to ruin your fun.  Safety on the water is paramount to a good time. Don’t skimp on life jackets and safety regulations, but remember to have a great time. 

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Swimming & Relaxing on Sandy Beaches

Lake Sinclair Recreation Area

The Lake Sinclair recreation area has several sandy beaches where families can swim, sunbathe, and build sandcastles. These spots offer shallow waters perfect for young kids and plenty of space to set up camp for the day. 

Top Beaches

You might have guessed it! Our favorite beaches are Oconee Springs Park and the Lake Sinclair campground. If fishing, water sports, or a pontoon ride is not your favorite way to spend a summer day, relaxing in the sun and sand is an excellent option. Whether you want to let the kids play in the water and (try to) relax in the sand or hop in the water yourself, there's a water activity for the whole family.

Lake Sinclair Camping

While not quite a water activity, camping at Lake Sinclair can absolutely involve water. 

If you love the great outdoors, camping at Lake Sinclair is a must—at least once. Imagine falling asleep to the sound of gentle waves and waking up to a spectacular sunrise over the water.

Best Camping Spots

The Lake Sinclair campground offers both tent and RV sites with lake access. You can add an element of comfort or roughness to your camping trip! Oconee Springs Park also offers a scenic beach and boat rentals if you want to venture out onto the water during the daytime.

Camping Tips

Book your campsites early, especially for weekends and holidays. You might be surprised how quickly reservations go. Plan to bring fishing gear, swimsuits, and hiking shoes, plus lots of great food for your camping trip! Combining camping with other water activities makes for a truly memorable family getaway.

Local Events

Milledgeville Events

Beyond the water, Lake Sinclair’s surrounding towns, Eatonton and Milledgeville, host various family-friendly events throughout the year. 

Enjoy local vendors, food trucks, and live music in Downtown Milledgeville on the first Friday of every month! Catch live concerts and cultural performances with the Oconee Performing Arts Society. In June, drive out to Eatonton, Georgia, and celebrate its agricultural heritage with a parade, food, and crafts at the Dairy Festival!

Spend Your Summer at Lake Sinclair

Lake Sinclair is a treasure trove of fun, relaxation, and adventure for families. Whether you're gliding on a kayak, fishing for bass, cruising in a pontoon, or soaking up the sun on a sandy beach, there’s no shortage of things to do at Lake Sinclair. Build your forever home in Georgia Lake Country, and you won't have to travel far for your summer vacation.

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