Long Pond, Georgia, USA

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USA - South - Georgia - Plantation Trace -

Long Pond is one of over 20 lakes nestled in the city of Lake Park in southern Georgia. Lake Park was incorporated in 1890 and was named for the many beautiful lakes in the region. At 600 acres, Long Pond is one of the larger lakes and offers visitors and residents plenty of year-round outdoor recreation.

Long Pond, like most of the lakes in Lake Park, is a sinkhole lake giving the lake a circular shoreline. Long Pond is actually three sinkholes linked together. A sinkhole is a naturally occurring depression in the land, formed most commonly in areas of limestone bedrock. Limestone is composed of the highly reactive mineral calcite, which readily dissolves in the presence of slightly acidic ground water. In areas of humid climate, rain water percolates downward through the soil into openings in the limestone bedrock, gradually dissolving the rock. Round holes in the subsurface eventually form, ranging from microscopic to cavern size. Many ponds and lakes in southern Georgia and Florida are a result of sinkhole formation.

Just 14 miles south of the city of Valdosta and only five miles north of the Florida border, Lake Park is a scenic town surrounded by shimmering lakes, sparkling ponds, and more than its fair share of golf courses. In addition to Long Pond, nearby popular Ocean Pond is also a great place for the entire family to picnic, boat and swim. Between the two ponds, visitors can enjoy sandy beaches, swimming, sailing, fishing, canoeing, water skiing, kayaking, and snorkeling.

Fishing is one of the most popular water-related activities in the area and anglers will find a number of species of sport fish in Long Pond and the surrounding bodies of water. The bottom terrain of Long Pond is varied ranging from shallow flats to deep pools, creating an exceptional habitat for fish. Crappie are the most prolific fish in the lakes followed by largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, spotted bass, striper, bluegill, longear and redear sunfish, and flathead catfish. Along with fishing, Long Pond is popular for boating, sailing, swimming, waterskiing, and jet skiing. Although its shoreline is mostly developed with private residences, there is public access to the lake.

Accommodations around Long Pond range from campgrounds and cabins to bed-and-breakfasts and private vacation rentals. There are also several residential developments around the lake with various real estate for sale and rent. Additional lodging can be found in the town of Valdosta.

Recreation in Lake Park is not limited to Long Pond. The area is well known for its outlet stores, delicious ethnic restaurants, antique shops and golf courses. The South Lowndes Recreational Complex features baseball, softball, football and soccer fields. A leisurely walk around one of the most beautiful areas of Georgia is a great way to appreciate the stately pines, towering oaks, Spanish moss covered cypress trees, and, of course, the crystal clear lakes. A perfect blend of sunshine and rain keeps flowers blooming year round.

Just a short drive from Long Pond is the city of Valdosta, the county seat of Lowndes County. Downtown Valdosta is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Unique shops, small businesses, and restaurants populate the town center and are a draw for visitors. Wild Adventures Water and Theme Park is located on the edge of the city and offers fun and adventure for all ages. Visitors to Long Pond will also enjoy the many museums, historic driving tours, and shopping centers. For outdoor adventure, the Grand Bay Wildlife Management Area is ten miles north of Valdosta. Grand Bay totals 1,350 acres and is part of a 13,000-acre wetlands complex of bays and forested swamp, second in size only to the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia. Grand Bay is open year-round for outdoor recreation including fishing, canoeing, hiking, camping, and deer and small game hunting.

With inviting waters that can accommodate swimming, boating and fishing, Long Pond is a great place to enjoy a relaxing day in southern Georgia. Sample some fine southern cuisine, shop for that unique souvenir of your travels, or cast your line and wait for that big one to bite. At Long Pond in beautiful Lake Park, you can do it all.

Things to do at Long Pond GA

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Snorkeling
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Museum
  • Antiquing
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Long Pond GA

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Flathead Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Redear Sunfish (Shellcracker)
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Spotted Bass
  • Sunfish

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Long Pond GA Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Not Dammed

Surface Area: 600 acres

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 151 feet

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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