Take the little ones on several fun rides at nearby Vortex Spring Diving Center. A journey to Ponce de Leon Springs State Park when you're here at Pate Lake is a tremendous idea, and if you're here, you could also go to beautiful Little Porter Lake. Sunshine Riding Trails is an excellent locality to ride horses near Pate Lake, and Pate Lake is good enough to spend more than a day at, Caryville Boat Ramp is a good local campground. This lake is so wonderful.
There's so much to do here at Pate Lake that you need to camp here for a while, Dogwood Acres is a wonderful location for that. Do visit Compass Lake close to Pate Lake, it's a striking lake; Lolly Head Bay is a swamp right next door to Pate Lake.
As long as I can remember, it was Pate's Pond. Gor changed some time in the last 20-30 years. My maternal grandmother was a Pate of Pate's Ponc.
- Mary Coleman