A Guide to Landings’ Treasures: Kids’ Fishing Lagoon

By Lynn Lewis - lynnl@landings.org
Communications Manager

One of the many selling points of The Landings is its natural habitat and timeless beauty. The many towering Live Oaks, Red Oaks, Magnolias, and stately pines that grace the island help to make up some of this beauty. But did you know there are some hidden gems within the gates that help to add to the Southern charm? The Kids’ Fishing Lagoon is one of those gems.

Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) places a high priority on teaching children about conservation and fishing, in hopes that it will lead to an appreciation for the great outdoors. It was no stretch when the group decided that what The Landings needed was a lagoon designated solely to kids’ fishing.

In 1996, Landings resident and CCA volunteer Leonard DaCamara approached The Landings Association about designating Lagoon #56 as the Kids’ Fishing Lagoon. Lagoon #56 is located behind the Oakridge fire station off of Oakridge Road. The Association agreed to maintain this lagoon and to provide CCA with fishery management expertise. In return, CCA agreed to raise the money needed for upkeep and fish stocking, implement a year-round Fishery Management Program, and provide the 50 volunteers needed to conduct an annual Kids’ Fishing Derby.

This arrangement continues to work well today, and at last count, more than 2,100 children had participated in the Kids’ Fishing Derbies. In addition to the annual Kids’ Fishing Derby, CCA continues to hold fishing outings at the Kids’ Fishing Lagoon for less fortunate children in the Savannah area, including Oglethorpe Charter School, The Broad Street YMCA, and Bethesda Academy.

CCA continues to look for ways to promote the Kids’ Fishing Lagoon as a family amenity and increase its usage. Much of the success is due to the support received from Landlovers and The Bethesda Barn Builders. Landlovers’ donations help fund the Kids’ Fishing Derbies, and thanks to the Bethesda Barn Builders, there now are picnic tables and benches located around the lagoon. CCA recently provided funds to have a covered pavilion built on the site, and The Landings Garden Club donated plantings to enhance the amenity.  If you haven’t visited this lagoon before, be certain to speak with your favorite child and ask them if they wouldn’t mind accompanying you to explore this amazing amenity. If you ask nicely, they may take you to the Kids’ Fishing Derby, set for May 26 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Kids’ Fishing Lagoon.

Here’s wishing you lots of great bites…from fish, not sand gnats!


 

 

 

 

 

CCA recently provided funds to have a covered pavilion built on the site, and The Landings Garden Club donated plantings to enhance the amenity.