Dockery Lake Project

Yahoola Outdoors has a Volunteer Service Agreement with the US Forest Service to maintain the Dockery Lakeshore Trail at Dockery Lake Recreation Area 13 miles from the Dahlonega Square. This includes the trail around the lake and the short connector to the parking area. We also check the campground for blowdowns and other needed maintenance.

We are working with the USFS to modify the campground at Dockery Lake to create a group camping area. This is a multi-year project to add facilities such as a shower and pavillions.

We have had regular maintenance trips to the trail to clean drains, cut blowdowns, cut weeds, and maintain the tread. Work trips have also been taken to repair and paint the picnic tables on the west side of the lake, along with picnic grill repair and replacement; repair and painting of the bridge in the picnic area; and repair of the fishing deck and steps at the dam. Future trips will rebuild the retaining wall at the dam for the trail and clearing of trees on the dam and spillway.

Click here to see more photos of YO work at Dockery Lake


We are looking for volunteers to help us maintain and improve the Dockery Lake area, from trail maintenance, carpentry, clearing work, painting, and other activities.

We will provide PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) if you do not have your own. Required PPE include: hard hat, gloves, boots or sturdy shoes (no open toe), long pants. Optional: long sleeves due to poison ivy. We will provide all necessary tools.

Bring a lunch, snacks, plenty to drink.


Saturday, February 4
Sunday, February 12
Friday, February 24


Watch this space and our Facebook page and Twitter announcements for dates of upcoming work trips.


Click here to sign up for work trips.

If you cannot make one of the listed trips but would like to receive information on other trips or about the projects or Yahoola Outdoors, click here to send an email.

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