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Are you looking for a great place to fish near McDonough, GA or Locust Grove, GA? You’re in luck because Henry County is home to some prime fishing spots that locals have come to know and love!
Before we tell you where those spots are, here’s some important information you need to know about legally fishing in Henry County, GA.
Fishing Permits And Licenses In Henry County GA
Anyone who fishes in Henry County must have a fishing license. You can apply for one on the official Georgia Natural Department of Resources website, here.
To access Henry County’s reservoirs where public fishing is allowed for most of the year, you need to apply for an Authority Reservoir use permit. You can obtain this permit at the office of the Henry County Water Authority, located at 1695 Hwy. 20 West, McDonough, GA.
In addition to the reservoir permit, you must present a valid form of photo ID to the reservoir attendant when you sign in.
There are a few lakes on our list that are only accessible to residents of the neighborhood where they are located. If you haven’t yet moved to the McDonough or Locust Grove areas, this article may help you make your decision! Who doesn’t want to live next to a lake where they can fish every day?
Of course, if you know someone - a friend or family member, for example - who lives in one of these neighborhoods, they may be able to give you access to the lake for fishing. Just be sure you have your license with you.
Now, on to the 6 best places to cast your line in Henry County, GA!
The Tussahaw Reservoir is one of three piers open to public fishing in Henry County. Here, you’ll find bass, bream, and catfish in a diverse range of species.
Located about 20 minutes from McDonough and 15 minutes from Locust Grove, the reservoir is within easy driving distance regardless of which of these towns you live in. It’s open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM for the regular fishing season, which starts in March and ends in November, and the winter fishing season, which lasts from December to February of the following year.
Before you visit this fishing spot, be sure you’ve got both your fishing license and your Authority Reservoir use permit! You can get the latter at the Henry County Water Authority office in McDonough.
Upper Towaliga Reservoir
Upper Towaliga is the second reservoir located in Henry County. Large and teeming with fish, you’ll find this is a popular fishing spot to catch bass, bream, and catfish. Along with green grassy banks where you can cast your line into the blue-green waters of the reservoir, Upper Towaliga also has its own boat launch and a floating deck with a handicap-accessible ramp.
Upper Towaliga has the same public fishing schedule as the Tussahaw Reservoir. Once again, you’ll need an Authority Reservoir use permit to fish here, as well as your fishing license.
Situated in McDonough, GA, Salem Park is a recreational hub for city residents and their families. Not only does it have walking trails, playgrounds, and soccer and baseball fields, but it also features a fishing pond!
It is important to note that the fishing pond in Salem Park is catch-and-release only. So, you won’t be able to catch your lunch here. But still, it’s a great place to go to spend some quiet time fishing by yourself or to teach your little ones how to angle. Don’t forget to bring some rice or frozen peas for the ducks!
You’ll find Boyds Lake just a few miles from McDonough. This quiet reservoir is populated with a wide variety of fish, including bass, bream, catfish, perch, and trout. It is located in a private residential neighborhood, so you will either need to live nearby or know someone who does before you can fish.
Green Valley Lake
If you live by Green Valley Lake, you’re right next to a beautiful fishing spot! Here, anglers have been known to catch bass, bluegill, catfish, and crappie. It’s just 1.8 miles from McDonough, GA proper. You can even walk there if your neighborhood is close enough!
If you love fishing and you’re looking for a place to live in or near Locust Grove, GA, you should consider the neighborhoods surrounding Skyland Lake. From there, you can take a short walk to the lakeside in the mornings or in the late afternoon right after work, cast your line, and catch bass, catfish, crappie, perch, and trout. It’s also the perfect place to go on the weekends for some much-needed rest and relaxation.
Just as there are many different types of fish to catch in Henry County, there are many types of insurance policies to sign up for, as well! Be sure to contact J Wood Insurance for all your insurance needs, whether it’s auto, home, life, or business.
When you’re looking for places to eat in McDonough, GA, you may be surprised to learn how many great options are out there! In fact, there are so many options in such a wide variety of cuisines - American, Indian, Italian, Thai, and more - that you may find yourself in a quandary as to which place to try first.
Let us help you decide where to go out to eat by sharing the 8 places we feel are some of the best restaurants in McDonough, GA.
Pasta Max Cafe
Pasta Max Cafe on Griffin Street is a cozy, intimate spot that McDonough residents love to go to experience authentic Italian dishes. From fettuccine alfredo and black pepper pappardelle, to sandwiches, steamed mussels, and cheesy gooey pizza, there’s something for everyone at this restaurant.
And in case you’re skeptical, just know that Pasta Max Cafe has a 4.6 rating on Google from over 900 reviews! Clearly, there’s something in the sauce that keeps people coming back for more.
Leo's Cafe on Racetrack Road in McDonough, is a great little diner that stays packed for a reason. The portions are huge and the food is always cooked to perfection. They are open for breakfast and lunch, the menu selection is wide and varied, and the service is outstanding. The best part is the owner himself, Leonardo (tell him we said to call him DaVinci ;) ). Leo is a first generation immigrant living the American dream and he is the salt of the earth, always delivering service with a smile. If you eat here you are guaranteed to see him or his brother and if you come more than once he will probably know you by name.
GRITZ Family Restaurant
For Southern food fare with a family-friendly atmosphere, you can’t get any better than GRITZ Family Restaurant. This eatery was featured as a Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice, which is a title that the website Tripadvisor hands out to locations that consistently receive positive reviews.
GRITZ is definitely one of our top choices. It’s the best place in town to visit for a home cooked meal at breakfast (which they serve all day) and lunch. On their menu, you’ll find lots of Southern favorites, including corned beef hash, pecan pancakes, country fried steak, chicken and dumplings, and grilled Cajun chicken sandwiches. Go on and give them a try!
On The Bayou
Hungry for a taste of Cajun and New Orleans-inspired seafood? Then On the Bayou is the place you want to be! Locals love to eat their seafood gumbo, oyster plate, mac and cheese, fried ribs, gator bites, and, for dessert, sweet snowballs. The restaurant’s delicious food and upbeat atmosphere has earned it an excellent 4.7-star rating on Google from more than 100 reviewers
Red Orchid Thai Cuisine
Red Orchid Thai Cuisine has long been a staple of Southeast Asian food in McDonough since 2009. Family owned and operated for the last 13 years, this restaurant has made its name by serving tasty, authentic Thai dishes like stir fry, curry, dumplings, spring rolls, fried rice, and steak. Reviewers on Google rave about how delicious the food at Red Orchid Thai Cuisine is, and we couldn’t agree with them more!
We love Indian food in McDonough, which is why it’s a good thing we have the best Indian restaurants in Henry County! Masala Cottage, open for lunch and dinner, features a menu full of traditional Indian dishes, such as tikka masala, curry, saag, and more, in a wide variety of meats (chicken, fish, goat, lamb, and shrimp). On the side, you can savor hot, fresh naan and sample an array of chutneys.
We’ve only scratched the surface of what Masala Cottage has to offer. To experience the full breadth of it, you have to go there yourself!
El Sarten Latino
El Sarten Latino brings a taste of Latin America and the Dominican Republic straight to McDonough, GA residents’ mouths!
Located in the McDonough Place Shopping Center, this fantastic local restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day of the week except Sunday. Its central location makes it the ideal stop for a flavorful meal in between work or shopping.
When you go, you can pick up a plate and make your way through the buffet brimming with mouth-watering eats, or order something equally delicious off the menu, like traditional Dominican spaghetti, picadera, fried pork, fried green plantains, stewed beef, and rice pudding. If you have any old favorites from Latin/Dominican cuisine, you’re sure to find them here!
Crust And Craft McDonough
If you’re craving craft pizza with draft beer or a cocktail, then you should give Crust and Craft a try. You can always order pizza or one of their scrumptious sides online, but we recommend going in person to experience the bustling, friendly atmosphere, hang out, and maybe even watch a ballgame on the TV by the bar.
As you chat and connect with your fellow McDonough residents, you can sample their homemade pizzas with plain cheese and pepperoni, or you can go out on a limb and try some of their wild toppings, like Korean BBQ, Mexican street corn, truffle mushroom, and Cubano pie. You may just find a new favorite! Their sides and drinks menus are just as varied, with plenty of staples to keep you in your comfort zone as well as unique concoctions that you’ve probably never tried before.
For something new or something familiar, you can’t beat Crust and Craft.
To round out our list of best restaurants in McDonough, GA (which is by no means a full reflection of how many great places there are to eat in our fair city), we’d be remiss if we didn’t recommend Starshines Cafe.
This delightful eatery - also known as “McDonough’s hidden treasure” - is run by a husband-and-wife team. This dynamic duo serves upscale dishes for brunch, lunch, dinner, and dessert in a charming, casual setting. Not only is the food delicious and varied, but each dish is plated with care and looks just as good as it tastes. Even more impressive, Starshines holds a 4.7 rating on Google from almost 300 separate reviews.
We recommend reserving a table, since Starshines stays busy!
The restaurants in McDonough, GA are proof that you don’t have to live in a big city to enjoy lots of different types of cuisines from all around the globe. While we put some of our favorites on this list, there are several other great places to eat in McDonough, as well. Go exploring and see what you can find!
As you search for a great place to eat, know that there’s also a great place to shop for home, auto, life, and business insurance: J Wood Insurance! Click here to learn how you can contact us and find out about our range of policies.
Recently moved to McDonough or Locust Grove, GA? You’re probably wondering what folks get up to around here for entertainment. If so, you’ve come to the right place!
At J Wood Insurance, we don’t just provide home, auto, life, and business insurance policies to Georgia residents. Since we’re headquartered in McDonough in Henry County, just fifteen minutes from Locust Grove, we also know the best places in both towns to hang out, play, and relax.
Without further ado, here are the top 6 things to do in Locust Grove, GA and McDonough, GA.
Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary
If you have kids, or you just love animals, then you’ll want to make it out to Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary in Locust Grove. Here, across 250 acres of land, you’ll see farm animals like cows, horses, and sheep, but also exotic mammals such as lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!).
Wait a minute, you say. Georgia isn’t a jungle! Well, you’re right, but some people across the United States still manage to get a hold of wild animals from overseas and bring them home. Some of these critters end up being abused by their new owners, which is how they end up in the Noah’s Ark Animal Sanctuary.
The sanctuary is a non-profit organization that doubles as an animal rehabilitation center. Their job is to see to it that these incredible creatures have the best life possible. At the same time, they make it their mission to educate children and adults on the wonders of the animal kingdom. It’s one of the best attractions that Henry County has to offer.
Escape The Museum
Do you love history and escape rooms? Even if you prefer one over the other, you’ll still find Escape the Museum in McDonough a pure delight.
Officially, this attraction is a real life museum. Known as the Camera Museum, it displays antique cameras and takes visitors through the history of this all-important device.
But the best part about it is it also doubles as an escape room. If you want, you can rent out the whole building to hold a private party for a birthday or a work field trip. The museum will even cater your event, if you wish, with craft beer and wine as beverages. Now those are things you won’t want to escape from!
Southern Belle Farm
Who doesn’t love going out into the fresh Georgia air and enjoying the pastoral farmland and orchards that the state is so well known for? Fortunately for residents of McDonough and Locust Grove, Southern Belle Farm is located just minutes away from each town.
On your visit to Southern Belle Farm, you’ll find all sorts of things to do to entertain you and your family. During the autumn, you can pick out fat, round pumpkins from the pumpkin patch and find your way out of a winding corn maze. In the summer, you can harvest your own Georgia peaches, along with other choice fruits.
And of course, no matter what time of year you decide to visit, you can always shop in the Country Market, where you’ll find homemade preserves, seasonal produce, gifts, baked goods, and other delights. It’s the most authentic way to experience Georgia’s natural bounty.
The Honeycomb Cottage
Looking for a place to unwind and have a little “you” time? If so, the Honeycomb Cottage is your number one destination in Locust Grove.
The Honeycomb Cottage is a day spa with just about every form of pampering you could desire. Experience a soothing massage, seaweed wraps, facials, aroma therapy, and so much more.
In addition to the spa, the Honeycomb Cottage also offers salon services like hair waxing and teeth whitening. Go in feeling stressed and rundown, and come out rejuvenated, radiant, and vital.
The Selfie Xperience
Selfies are all the rage these days, especially among kids and young adults. If this is you and your family and friends, then you should visit the Selfie Xperience.
The Selfie Xperience is the first interactive photo studio of its kind in Henry County. With 3700 square feet of space and countless selfie backgrounds and props to choose from, you’ll never have a better time snapping Instagram-worthy pictures than you will in this venue.
That’s right, the Selfie Xperience is a venue. You can rent it out for birthday parties, work parties, a girls’ night out, or any type of event you can think of! It’s an unforgettable place that will make your time spent with family, friends, or coworkers that much more special (don’t forget to say, “Cheese!”).
Heritage Park Veterans Museum
For history buffs, McDonough has one of the most fascinating attractions in the state: the Heritage Park Veterans Museum.
This museum was first opened on Veterans Day in 2010. It features several different collections, including photos, dog tags, uniforms, and medals of US soldiers who hailed from Georgia. It even has a few military vehicles on display. The wars covered range from World War I all the way to present day - over a century of brave sacrifices made in the name of liberty, truth, and justice for our country.
As you can see, there is a wide variety of fun things to do in McDonough, GA and Locust Grove, GA. We may not be as big as our big sister Atlanta, but there’s plenty of local charm, entertainment, and history to go around.
While you’re checking out this region, be sure to check into home, auto, life, and business insurance with J Wood Insurance! We serve all counties in Georgia, not just Henry County. Contact us here to get a quote on your new policy.
If you made it here, I hope this helps you on your insurance journey. Some of this may not age well in this new world of high inflation but most will help you become a better and more judicious consumer. Cheers!
1. Liability coverage is the most important part of your policy.
Sure, comprehensive and collision coverage is important for your vehicle, but a lot of people want to only buy the liability coverage that is mandated by the state. The difference between minimum coverage and 50/100 is often only 5 to 10 dollars per month more and gives double the coverage.
Imagine your vehicle is involved in a serious accident and the driver of your vehicle was at fault. If the person in the other car was seriously injured and had to go to the hospital, the medical bills often would far exceed the 25,000 dollars in coverage that a minimum coverage policy would pay out. You could be left on the hook for the remainder of that person’s medical bills.
My Recommendation: 50/100/50 liability protection should be as low as you go. You should explore higher coverages whenever you renew and if you are shopping make sure the agent doesn’t dumb down the coverage to make the sale.
2. Uninsured motorist/underinsured motorist coverage should be mandatory on every policy.
We recently spoke with a customer who used to buy his insurance directly from the carrier. He didn’t understand the importance of uninsured/underinsured motorist, but he loved how cheap the policy was. After he was hit by another driver who was uninsured, he was left with a totaled vehicle and no payout from the insurance company. Uninsured/underinsured motorist covers you in case someone who does not have insurance should get in an accident with you or in a hit and run accident.
My recommendation: Don’t cut corners on your auto policy. Always ask for uninsured/underinsured motorist and be wary of any agent or company that tries to sell you a policy with out this coverage.
3. Roadside coverage is great! But only if you barely use it!
Roadside and towing coverage is a great add on to your policy but be careful how often you use it. Every time you use this service it can be considered a comp claim and can hurt your insurance score and cause your insurance premiums to be high.
My Recommendation: If you use this coverage a lot because you have multiple cars then go ahead and get AAA. If you rarely need a tow then this can be an extremely cheap coverage for you.
4. Buying Direct Is Great For Insurance Companies And Terrible For You The Customer!
It does not matter whether you buy your insurance directly or buy it from an agent, it will cost pretty much the same. So why wouldn’t you go with an agent? They are experts on what is in a policy and more importantly (if they are a good one), experts on the company they are representing. They can help you find the most value in a policy and warn you if something important is missing. Would you go to court without a lawyer? So why would you go around an agent when they are literally a free resource to you. A good agent can advise you on how to handle claims, help you with payments, get on the phone with the insurance carrier on your behalf if you have a problem, inform you whether something is covered with your policy and help you adjust your coverages so that they fit you and your needs. If you buy direct you are a number on a screen with no one to look out for you.
5. Understand the difference between a captive agent and an independent agent.
A captive agent can only sell you one company. They represent some of the most well-known insurance companies out there (State Farm, Farmers, etc.) but they can only offer you one policy for one price. If you do not fit perfectly into their little box then you are out of luck, your agent can only offer higher deductibles or less coverage if your premiums are too high. There are some great captive agents out there, but why build a relationship and trust an agent who can only offer one product?
Alternatively, an independent agent contracts with many different insurance companies. They know what each company’s “appetite” is, which is insurance jargon for the type of customer that they prefer. They can work with you over the years and move you between companies as your life changes (get married, have kids, buy that new boat you always wanted, etc..) to keep your insurance rates down.
A big gap in insurance coverage for most homeowners and renters is for personal property. A typical homeowners policy often has very limited coverage for theft of your most valuable personal possessions like your wedding rings, a valuable collection of guns, records, memorabilia, etc.
Always ask your independent agent these questions:
1. What are the limits of coverage for my personal property?
This will encourage your agent to dig into the policy details with you and make sure you are covered.
2. Are there any upgrades to my policy that extend more coverage for my personal property?
Many insurance companies have different levels of coverage that can be added for next to nothing extra and will be enough to give you the coverage you need. If not, they will offer a rider, which is like a small policy attached to your homeowners that will extend extra coverage to specific items.
3. Are there any special exclusions in this policy that is different than a typical HO3?
Many insurance companies like to sneak in little exclusions (ex. they do not extend liability coverage for bites from one your dogs). You can work with your independent insurance agent to make sure there are no exclusions that may affect you.
Always disclose what valuable items you own and their value during your homeowners insurance quote so that your independent insurance agent can help you compare policies and provide you a quote for an additional policy to cover these items if you do not have enough.
Remember, your independent insurance agent is as big an asset to you as the policy you buy and their expertise is free!
Maybe you’ve been here before. You’ve just come off the plane in Ga, picked up your baggage and gone to the rental car counter. You’re tired from the flight, about to begin an ambitious vacation or a challenging business project. And, this is the point at which you’re asked, “Do you want insurance with that?”
Most travelers, facing that question from the rental representative, have the vague notion that they don’t really need to buy rental car insurance in Ga – which somehow is covered already. With just enough doubt in their minds, and the need to make a quick decision, perhaps they buy it just to be safe.
So, which is it?
Do you need to buy rental car insurance in Ga or not?
Truth be told, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer. However, you can likely reach a conclusion you’re comfortable with by considering these three questions.
1. What Types of Rental Car Insurance Are Available?
Typically, car rental agencies will offer you four types of insurance to purchase:
Start with your personal auto insurance in Ga. It’s likely that your policy will provide the same level of coverage for your rental as it does for your own car. That usually includes liability insurance, and, depending on the policy you purchased, may include collision, comprehensive and medical payments, too. There are exclusions, however. Some insurers won’t cover rentals in a foreign country, or rentals that are being used for business. Get in touch with your independent insurance agent in Ga to verify your coverages.
Next there’s your credit card. Most cards offer some degree of coverage, but it varies widely. Coverage is usually secondary, designed to step in and pick up where your auto insurance leaves off, and it tends to be mostly confined to collision, damage and theft. For coverage to apply, most cards require that you decline the rental company’s collision damage waiver and pay for the car in full with the card that provides the protection. Again, contact your card company to find out exactly what is covered.
Then, consider your health and life insurance, too. If you’re in an accident involving a rental car and you have these policies, you likely have coverage for your own costs. Plus, with your homeowners insurance, you may have personal property coverage to help repair or replace valuable belongings that are lost, damaged or stolen while you’re in a rental. Your deductible and policy limits will apply, and the same goes for renters insurance or condo insurance.
3. What Rental Coverage Might I Be Missing?
In the event something does happen to the rental car, you may be looking at loss of use and diminished value fees, and your regular policy may not cover them. Loss of use is the income that the rental agency loses due to the vehicle being in the shop for repairs, and diminished value is the calculated reduction in a vehicle’s resale value as the result of an accident. Credit cards sometimes cover these, but be aware that they may require documentation that rental agencies can be reluctant to provide.
So, before you make that next trip, give us a call and check with your credit card company. That way you’ll be ready to make an informed decision when you get to the rental car counter.
Reposted with permission from the original author, Safeco Insurance®.
Top image by Flickr user Timo Newton-Syms used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 2.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.
Your dashboard is filled with icons and alerts that can tell you when your vehicle needs attention. Some of these notifications are more serious than others, but it’s a good idea to know what they all mean.
But your dashboard isn’t the only way to tell if something is wrong. Sometimes you need to rely on your senses, which is why it’s also important to listen to the sounds your vehicle makes.
Have you noticed any clunking, grinding or high-pitched squealing lately? Here’s what some of these odd noises might mean.
These warning noises may help you diagnose the problem, but this list is by no means comprehensive. If you hear something unusual, always ask a trusted mechanic as soon as possible. Ignoring a strange sound can mean more expensive repairs down the road.
Have questions about your coverage? Reach out anytime.
Maybe you’ve heard that people who drive red cars get pulled over more, so insurers charge them higher rates. Or that if you let someone else drive your car, their policy will cover an accident.
Well, when it comes to auto insurance, you shouldn’t always believe what you hear.
Get the facts about common car insurance myths, and reach out to make sure you have the coverage you need.
Myth #1: A ticket automatically increases your rate.
A moving violation doesn't have to increase your insurance rate unless it's a frequent occurrence. You may be able to take a driving course to maintain your rate and even pay less for your ticket.
Myth #2: Car color affects your insurance rate.
The truth is that the color of your vehicle most likely doesn’t affect your premiums. However, there are special cases where color can raise the value of your car — like a custom paint job — which could potentially increase your rates.
Myth #3: Older cars need less coverage.
If you don't have a loan on your car, you may not have to carry comprehensive and collision coverage, only the liability coverage required by the state. But you may not want to drop or lower your optional coverage if your car still has significant value, as it would be pricey to repair or replace.
Myth #4: Someone borrowing your vehicle is covered by their own insurance.
Laws vary by state, but usually the insurance covers the vehicle. Before you drive someone else's car, verify that it's insured. Don't assume that your own policy will cover an accident.
Myth #5: You only need the auto liability insurance that's required by law.
It's smart to buy more than the minimum, because personal liability for an at-fault auto accident can be expensive. Adding a personal umbrella policy for additional coverage can be a wise decision, especially when you have assets to protect.
Get in touch today with any questions you have about your policy.
If you ever needed to evacuate or shelter in place, would you be prepared?
You can't always predict things like severe weather or power outages. But you can prepare for the unexpected by packing a home emergency kit for you and your family.
Review this list of must-have items, then get in touch to make sure your home has enough coverage to bring you peace of mind.
Reach out if you have questions about what's covered in your policy or anything else.
Do you know how damaging potholes can be?
Unfortunately, this common road hazard can potentially send your vehicle to the repair shop.
Here’s what to know if you ever find yourself dealing with pothole problems. Plus: Find out how you might be able to avoid them in the first place.
What kind of damage can a bad pothole cause?
Your policy may cover pothole damage, but such a claim is likely to be considered a single-car accident, which means the fault gets assigned to you. Having an at-fault accident on your record could cause your rates to go up.
Before you file a claim, check your deductible to see if the cost of repair will exceed your out-of-pocket amount. If not, there’s no benefit to filing a claim. Not sure what to do? Reach out to us for help weighing your options.
How can you avoid pothole damage?
Pothole season may be unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean potholes themselves can’t be avoided. Here are a few tips for preventing pothole damage: