Formed by a clear-water spring that flows up at the swamp’s edge, Troup's Spring Lake provides ample stock of bass, bream, and other gamefish. A paved boat-ramp allows easy access to the pond, as well as hiking trail access to Pugh’s Creek, which features pristine creek fishing conditions.
Primarily managed for seasonal hunting, including turkey, deer, alligator, hog, and waterfowl, River Bend offers scheduled hunts. For times, license requirements, and maps, visit www.gohuntgeorgia.com or stop by Dublin's Visitors Center & Dog Park located off I-16 on exit 51.
102 Travel Center Blvd.
Dublin, GA 31021
The Georgia Ornithological Society and the DNR maintain the South Tract habitat specifically to support the Swainson’s warbler, and this area has the largest known concentration in the state. Swainson’s warblers may be heard (but rarely seen) at cane thickets near stream crossings at various points along the trails.
Other interesting species sighted:
Swainson’s Warbler Prothonotary Warbler (aka Swamp Canary) Hooded Warbler Acadian Flycatcher Red-Eyed & Yellow-Throated Vireos Woodpeckers – Pileated, Red-Bellied, Red-Headed, Downy, Hairy, Sapsucker, Northern Flicker Brown-Headed Nuthatches Ruby-Crowned Kinglets Yellow-Billed Cuckoos Yellow-Breasted Chats Indigo Buntings Red-Shouldered Hawks American Kestrel Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher Barred Owl
For the true explorer seeking solitude, the South Tract offers 1,700 acres of walking trails in various states of repair through remote coastal plain swamp.
The North Tract features primitive camping, trails for biking and hiking, and ample photographic opportunities.
There are no interpretive trails, paved roads, or modern plumbing at River Bend, but if its nature in the raw you seek, River Bend delivers with true seclusion, natural beauty, and wild creatures galore.