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Welcome to Williamsport Lakes

We are located on Hwy 50 about 10 miles west of Columbia just past the Duck River bridge, or 2 Miles east of the Natchez Trace Parkway.

The concession is run by the Bailey/ Ragsdale family. We are open 7 days a week, beginning March 1 and we close for the winter on November 1.( The lakes are still open for fishing in the winter , weather permitting) The area is closed at night so everyone must be out by the designated time listed on the sign on our concession building. The opening and closing time changes weekly. Contact any of us at (931) 583-2477, or email us at Williamsport Lakes.Managers are Jimmy Bailey or Janiece Ragsdale. We sell bait, artificial lures and other misc. fishing equipment. We also have a small deli with drinks, cold sandwiches , hot dogs and other snacks during the week. On weekends we cook burgers and fries. Restrooms are available at the concession building. There is also a picnic patio behind the concession.


We sell Tennessee fishing license in our concession. You can purchase those for 1 day or 1 year. Non-residents needing a Tennessee fishing license may purchase one for 3 days , 10 days or 1 year. Any resident age 16-64 needs a Tennessee Fishing license and a TWRA fishing permit to fish here.. A juvenile age 13-15 needs to purchase a juvenile fishing license but DOES NOT need a TWRA fishing permit. Non-residents age 13 and up need to purchse license and TWRA permit, non-residents under 13 only need the TWRA permit. We accept Visa, Master Card and Discover in the concession, there is a fee to use the credit card to purchase a fishing license.

TWRA permits are sold in our concession for 5 dollars per person, age 16-64. We also sell a yearly TWRA permit for 40 dollars which can be used at any of the 19 TWRA lakes in Tennessee. We rent our 14 foot flat bottom boats for 8 dollars ( + tax). We furnish life jackets and paddles with our boat rental but you can bring a trolling motor and put on the boat you rent. We do not allow gas motors at all.


We make available to all fisherman a copy of the Tennessee Fishing regulations. Please read these regulations carefully, some things may have changed regarding the fishing regulations for specific TWRA lakes. You do not pay for the fish you catch on TWRA lakes but you are limited to what size and amount you can keep. We do have game wardens that patrol the area frequently.

View the fishing regulations online


Special regulations apply to TWRA lakes

Fishing regulations updated March 1, 2006


There is a strict NO DRINKING policy for the area. This is a family fishing area, please abide by this rule and all others to make this safe for the kids.

We have 6 lakes in our area. 4 of those lakes are fishable, 2 are wildlife viewing areas. We have spotted eagles at certain times of the year.

Blue Cat Lake is our biggest has all species of fish in it, largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, blue and channel catfish and the cherokee bass ( hybrid stripe bass) Shellcracker Lake is our next in size, it has all of the above fish plus you might run into a few crappie in this lake. Goldeneye Lake is our smallest lake,its best known for its largemouth bass and early in the summer , some good sized shellcracker can be found. Whippoorwill lake is called the youth fishing lake. An adult cannot fish in this lake alone. They must be accompanied by a fishing child. There are picnic shelters available at the Shellcracker and Whippoorwill Lake. All lakes have boat ramps and fishing piers except Goldeneye Lake..there is no pier and the lake is usually quite low , so we discourage use of the ramp. The piers are handicapped accessible as well.

Each year there is one day designated for free fishing for everyone regardless of age! This year it will be June 10th. The entire week following June 10th will be free fishing for youths .. Any youth age 15 and under during that week will fish free. There is usually a great fishing rodeo on the Whippoorwill Lake on the free fishing day. Free hot dogs, bait and prizes are given out while supplies last. There will be a few volunteers that day to help children learn to fish if they need it.


If you would like to apply for your fishing license online or renew your boat registration ,visit the TWRA website

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We have managed hunts at Williamsport Lakes. Please check your hunting guide for dates.

Anyone born on or after January 1, 1969 must possess proof that they have successfully completed a hunter education class before hunting in Tennessee.

Region 2 Hunters Education Schedule