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Boating & Fishing

For sheer variety of water-borne experiences, it’s hard to imagine a setting that offers more than the Golden Isles of Georgia. Surrounded by salt marshes, tidal creeks, gently winding rivers, Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, the area offers almost every possible way to enjoy a day on the water.


Local marinas offer a range of services from dockage and fueling to complex repair. Public boat ramps and water access are available throughout the Golden Isles.

Important local safety notes for boaters.


The Golden Isles’ unique and dynamic ecosystem offers a variety of experiences for all anglers and nurtures a wide range of species. Charter a fishing boat and head for deep water in search of kingfish, cobia or snapper. Enjoy seine netting from the beach, or crab and fish from one of the many piers throughout the area. Try your hand at fly fishing the coastal marshes for “redfish” and “skipjacks.”  

The State of Georgia requires a fishing license for anyone planning to fish during their visit. Learn more here. 


Combine the unique delights of sailing with the beauty and natural wonders of the Golden Isles.

Rent a Hobie Cat, embark on a charter trip or bring your own sailboat. Cruisers are welcome at our full service marinas to dock for the weekend, week, or month.

Casino Cruise

Georgia’s only gambling casino, the Emerald Princess II Casino, departs from the southern end of the Sidney Lanier Bridge. Casino cruises sail three miles into International waters where casino gambling is legal. You can board for a day cruise, an evening cruise or a late night celebration cruise. Put your luck to the test on the two full gambling decks, complete with Blackjack, Poker, Craps, Slots, Roulette and more. Enjoy dining on board, or head to the open-air observation deck to appreciate the ocean views and light breezes.

Where to Fish in the Golden Isles

There are many places throughout the Golden Isles where fishing is permitted. Here are some of the top locations:

St. Simons Island Pier

St. Simons Island Pier is a popular spot among locals for fishing and crabbing. There are several cleaning stations on the pier, and a nearby bait and tackle shop offers both advice and supplies.

Jekyll Island Pier

Great for fishing and crabbing, Jekyll Island Pier is located next to Clam Creek Picnic Area, a family-friendly area for visitors and locals to relax.

Gascoigne Bluff

On St. Simons Island at the eastern end of Torras Causeway, the pier at Gascoigne Bluff is popular for fishing and crabbing. The area is home to annual fishing tournaments as well.

Fishing Regulations

View up-to-date information about area freshwater and saltwater fishing in Georgia on the Georgia Department of Natural Resources website. Please consult fishing regulations carefully before you head out since regulations may vary on different bodies of water.

In addition to the state rules, there might be different rules in federal waters (3 to 200 miles offshore). Please visit the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council website for the latest federal fishing regulations if you plan to fish more than 3 miles offshore.

For additional information on fishing along coastal Georgia, please visit