Nestled amidst serene Lowcountry landscapes, The Ford Field & River Club invites outdoor enthusiasts to embrace the enchanting beauty of winter in Georgia through an exhilarating spectrum of outdoor pursuits. With the natural world a bit quieter in winter, our renowned coastal sporting haven turns into a playground for those seeking adventure and solace in equal measure. From cherished classics like sunset kayaking to new programs such as “Fishing The Ford,” every day offers a winter wilderness for those wanting a unique blend of engaging recreation and natural splendor.
The winter months hold a special allure for fishing aficionados both on and off our property. Before February arrives, stripers and bass are regular catches in our waters. Longtime fishing enthusiasts and curious novices alike are welcome on our surrounding freshwater lakes and the Ogeechee River. On the horizon, we’ll see the launch of a new fishing lesson program called “Fishing The Ford” as well as the relaunch of the fly fishing tutorial program known as “Ford on the Fly.”
A youth-centric program called “Kids & Captains” is set to be a wonderful rotating mix of adventurous on-property pursuits for children, ranging from being taught archery to going on guided nature walks, on the lookout for local birds, turtles and more.
There’s winter fun for the whole family, as guided tours remain popular year-round. Embark on guided sunset kayak tours of Lake Clara, where your informative guide will point out native plants and colorful birds. It’s warm enough at dusk in the winter, and if you’re lucky, you may see birds returning to their nightly roosts as flocks of white ibis and tree swallows fly over with the setting sun. For those preferring a land-based adventure, members also enjoy guided bike tours of The Ford, where you’re able to learn its rich history while exploring the sprawling, storied grounds and riverfront trails.
An upcoming time honored tradition is our much-anticipated wing and clay tournament this winter. This event consists of morning quail hunting and a Southern-style lunch, followed by an afternoon of clay shooting at Dorchester Shooting Preserve, where Ford members are afforded privileged access.
A monthly highlight, “Coffee With Captains” is an nature-focused presentation at the marina given by our outdoor pursuits staff or a special guest lecturer, such as a marine biologist who may explain how offshore reefs are built. Topics range from conservation tactics to hunting and fishing, always looking to celebrate life outdoors and the natural world that defines it, with a coffee in hand, of course.
Head off property in a private van tour if you’re looking for a change of scenery with the “Explore Georgia” program. This program features different, interesting and potentially lesser-known parts of Georgia, including its coastal wonders.
Amidst the simple joys of winter, our discovery boat cruises welcome all aboard to travel along the Ogeechee River in comfort. Snuggle into bean bags with waterproof blankets, spotting dolphins, otters, osprey and bald eagles, creating cherished memories against the backdrop of a Georgia winter. At The Ford, every moment is an opportunity to come home to the embrace of nature, and the winter season is no exception.
Want to experience the outdoor pursuits enjoyed in our Lowcountry community? Schedule a Discovery Visit today and explore The Ford for yourself.