Eatonton-Putnam Chamber Business After Hours

The Lodge Hosts Business After Hours

For the second year in a row, The Lodge on Lake Oconee hosted the October Business After Hours for the Eatonton-Putnam Chamber of Commerce. This years event featured a special guest, world renowned fashion photographer Peter Coulson who was staying at The Lodge while hosting a photography workshop. Jim Stone of Tytan Pictures was instrumental in bringing Mr. Coulson to Eatonton to host this workshop. If you missed signing up for the workshop, Mr. Coulson will be coming back to Eatonton in 2024. The weather was absolutely perfect that evening, with clear skies and a slight breeze. Tables were set up along the lakefront for guest to eat, converse, and relax. All told, there were about 50 people at the event who enjoyed the cookout by the lake. As night fell, the setting looked spectacular with the reflection of dock lighting and candle table centerpieces flickering off the waters of Lake Oconee. Many of the attendees also gathered around the firepit to relax and share conversation. While these Chamber events normally wrap up by 7pm, we were happy to see a large crowd stick around until 9:30 pm enjoying the food and fun. This year also marked the 1st Annual Lodge-Chamber Battle by the Lake Cornhole Tournament.  Ten randomly selected two-person teams fought for bragging rights and a free weekend stay at The Lodge. The randomly selected teams allowed Chamber members to meet and interact with other members they may not have yet met. The more our Chamber members get to know each other, the stronger our Chamber becomes. Chamber CEO and President Maggie Milner summed up the night the best, "Of all the events we have done in my three years here, tonight is my favorite event." Thank you Maggie for your kind words and allowing us to host an event again this year. We look forward to hosting once again next year.  

Fishing with the GM – July 15, 2023

Records were made to be broken

It was another record setting day at the Lodge on Lake Oconee as our friend Waylon set a new record with 16 fish during the event! Oddly enough, he caught nothing for the first 30 minutes or so but then it was game on as he pulled in one fish after another.

But it wasn't just the kids having fun with our Fishing with the GM program as adults joined in for this event as well.

Once again, thanks to our friends at Missile Baits for sponsoring the event. We hope to have you join us at one of our future events. But please not we will not be holding the events on the weekends of August 11 - 13 and August 25 027 as I will be in MLF Tournament action those weekends.


Fishing with the GM – July 8, 2023

It's a New Record!

It was a slow weekend for the Fishing with the GM program as most guests were in town for weddings and didn't have time to come down to the docks and fish. But Ellis and Alexis joined me down at the docks and it turned out to be a memorable morning.

Bother anglers were on the bite immediately, but it was Ellis that stole the show. The action was non-stop as he caught 14 fish on the morning setting a new record for our angler program.

Special thanks to our friends at Missile Baits for sponsoring the event. We hope to see you all soon in the coming weeks.

Missile Baits

Missile Baits Joins as Fishing with the GM Sponsor

Missile Baits has signed up as a sponsor for The Lodge on Lake Oconee's Fishing with the GM Program.  Missile Baits is one of is a favorite provider of professional anglers on the Major League Fishing and BASS professional tours. Professional staff members include John Crews, Ish Monroe, Derek Hudnall, Gerald Spohrer, Caleb Sumrall, Bryan Schmitt, Ed Loughran, Cody Hough, and Logan Latusso. While Missile baits is primarily known for their soft plastics, they also offer a great line of jigs designed in conjunction with professional angler Mike Iaconelli. And while I may not be famous like the professional anglers mentioned above, you'll find their soft plastics including D Bombs and Chunky D's in my tackle bag. All participants in our Fishing with the GM program will receive a promo code for 30% off their online purchases in the Missile Baits store. For the kids new to fishing in our program, I suggest they purchase one of the many Bass Fishing Kits available in their store. Thank you again to Missile Baits!

Event Canceled – March 12 Fishing with the GM

Due to the March 12th weather forecast calling for cold weather and gusty winds we are cancelling the spring kickoff Fishing with the GM scheduled for that morning. We will be posting an updated schedule of all weekend events in the near future. It's too bad that the weather is not cooperating because the bass fishing off the docks in our cove has been pretty good so far this year. Hopefully that continues throughout the spring and summer.
S'Mores Night!

Summer Kick Off – S’Mores Night

The Lodge on Lake Oconee kicked off the summer with our first S'Mores Night of the year. Kids of all ages snacked on gooey marshmallows, Hershey's chocolate, and graham crackers down at the fire pit along our docks and the lake.

It was a great turnout with with more than a dozen families participating in the event. The hotel provided all of the fixings as well as the skewers to roast the marshmallows over the fire.

Be sure to check our events calendar for the next S'Mores Night or another of our family friendly weekend events.

In the photo: The Wilson family was among the many participants of S'Mores Night at The Lodge.