Outdoor Pursuits


From bluegill to blue marlin, The Ford Plantation provides some of the best fishing opportunities to be found in the country. The Plantation's 250 acres of fresh and brackish water lakes are a dream come true for the light-tackle angler. If the fish aren't biting, it's always fun to throw a cast for shrimp or catch a few crabs for dinner in Lake Clara.

The Ford Plantation is situated on a tidal stretch of the Ogeechee River with endless creeks and tributaries that are home to largemouth and striped bass. Just a short run down the river are pristine salt marshes lined with oyster beds. The salt marsh is teeming with redfish, sea trout, and even tarpon. The Ford Plantation hosts the "Silva Dolla" Tarpon Tournament, one of the longest running fishing tournaments in the Low Country.

The offshore waters of the Georgia coast are some of the most productive waters along the Atlantic coast. Bottom fishing for snapper and grouper is excellent during the summer and fall, and blue water species, such as mahi, tuna, wahoo, and billfish, are targeted in the waters of the Gulf Stream.

What sets The Ford Plantation apart from other communities is its staff of licensed professional guides, who are available every day to take members and their guests fishing and exploring.

Outdoor Fun

Canoes and Kayaks. The Ford Plantation maintains kayaks and canoes for members' use on Lake Clara. For a truly one-on-one experience with nature, expert guides will lead expeditions from Ogeechee Outfitters at the marina to the more than 20 nautical miles of scenic canals and pristine creeks.

Pathfinder Boats. Ford maintains two Pathfinder boats with trolling motors—one in Lake Sterling and one in Lake Dye—for members to use and enjoy at their convenience.

Target Range. The Ford Plantation has an on-property archery range that gives new shooters an opportunity to learn more about the sport and provides a location for the seasoned archer to practice prior to an actual hunt. Instruction is provided upon request.

Ford Plantation members are extended privileges at the nearby Dorchester Shooting Preserve. It is an easy trip to shoot clays in the morning, have a relaxing lunch, hunt in the afternoon, and return to Ford in time for drinks and stories at The Clubhouse that evening. Dorchester features more than 4,000 acres, professional hunters and shooters on staff, and a new lodge. It offers quail hunting on 1,000 acres, duck hunting in flooded timber blinds or cypress duck ponds, continental pheasant hunts, and deer hunting. Dorchester also offers a 15–station sporting clay course and skeet and trap range. Two complimentary golf carts are available at Dorchester for Ford members.