Garner Lake Activities

Fireworks display

Fourth of July Fireworks

This is a weekend of events that makes Garner Lake SPECIAL!

For many years, the fireworks show has been one of the largest dispalys in Shelby County and it all happens in our backyards!

The fireworks show is supported entirely by donations and volunteers from people living on and around the lake.

Annually, around the 4th of July


Fireworks over Garner Lake with boats in the foreground
Fireworks over Garner Lake
Fireworks over Garner Lake in Lakeland TN

by Donnie Benfield

Pontoon Boats forming a parade on Garner Lake in Lakeland TN

Boat Parade

Decorate your boat and meet in the middle by 8 pm to follow parade marshall Bert Faller.

Annually, the day of the fireworks

The boat parade on Garner Lake in Lakeland TN
a 1 hrpontoon boat decorated for the Fourth of July
Fourth of July decorations on Lakeland Lake



Patriotic Lighting Contest

Light up the lake side of your property with a patriotic theme and leave the lights on in the evening!  (Think patriotic Christmas in July.)

Unique first, second, and third place trophies are awarded.

This is a great reason to tour the lake in the evenings!

Annually, around the Fourth of July


Sailboat on Garner Lake
Winners of the Lakeland Lake Poker Run




Poker Run

Visit the five neighbors on the Poker Run route for drinks and appetizers, draw a card, and gather in the middle to see whose hand wins.

Most years

Prizes for the Poker Run on Garner Lake
a poster promoting the Poker Run on Garner Lake
Boats with passengers squirting each other with squirt guns
Kids on a pontoon boat preparing the squirt other participants



Water Gun Fight

Meet in the middle at 2:00 sharp for the traditional water gun fight.  Bring your biggest squirt guns—and plan to get wet. 

(White flag on the boat means not participating in the the water gun fight.)

Annually, day after the 4th of July fireworks

a pontoon boat with two kids with large squirt guns
a pontoon tie-up party with six pontoons



Pontoon Tie-up

Tie up your boats in one big flotilla and get to know your lake neightbors!  BYOB.

Spontaneous, any pretty weekend.

Lots of swimmers beside pontoon boats
a party on a patio on Garner Lake in Lakeland TN
a patio on Garner Lake



Patio Party

Get out, invite your neighbors, and enjoy the setting.

Any pretty day

Christmas Lights on front of a house on Garner Lake



Christmas Lights

Decorate your house, street-side or lake-side, and enjoy the show.

Every Christmas season

Christmas Lights on Garner Lake
Grand champions of the Garner Lake BBQ contest
the BBQ party with lots of people eating BBQ
Awards for the winners of the BBQ contest
Party goers enjoying BBQ at the BBQ contest



BBQ Contest & Party Q

Five categories: Beverage, Dessert, Wings, Pork Ribs, and Anything But.  Certified judges, awards, live music, and food afterward.

the party at Doug Golden's house after the BBQ contest
Third place winner Darryl Moore with his trophy
a fisherman in the sunset on Garner Lake in Lakeland TN



Fishing Tournaments

Muster in the middle of the lake at 6:30 am and try your luck against the other anglers.  Prizes, fun, and a few bets on the side.

Regularly, all spring, summer, & fall.

Sean Carrick holds large bass he caught
People lined up on the lake wall ready to jump in



Polar Plunge

Swimming New Years Day?!!!  They say it's fun—it's definitely fun to watch!

January 1

by Angie Donnelly