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Lake Russell Recreation Area Camping & General Information
Situated along the peaceful shore of the 100-acre Lake Russell, this developed recreation area offers tons of fun for the entire family.

Richard Russell Lake Beach AreaThere are 40 campsites that accommodate both tent and RV camping and a picnic shelter with seating for 30 is available on a first come first serve basis. With a large grass-covered beach and swimming area as well as two paved campground loop roads for easy access to all that this outdoor mecca has to offer in the way of camping, swimming, picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, and boating (non-motorized/electric watercraft only), this scenic getaway is sure to become an outdoor destination for the entire family!

Campground Amenities: Loop A - 16 camping sites with 1 Chemical flush restroom. Standard amenities include a grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc.

Loop B - 24 camping sites with 3 Chemical flush restrooms, all with hot showers and 1 Dump station. Standard amenities include a grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc.

Both campgrounds offer easy access to the Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area and Lake Russell Beach. A boat ramp provides access to Lake Russell.

Reservations are not required. Campsites are on a first come, first serve basis.
Lake Russell in the fall
Fees: $14 per site per night single and $16 per site per night double. Picnic and Swim Site fee is $6 per non-commercial vehicle up to 4 people, and $1 per person over 4 people in non-commercial vehicle. Boat launch cost $4 per vehicle per day.

Permit Info: Georgia fishing license and valid boating registration.

Lake Russell campingRestrictions: The length of stay is limited to 21 days. No gasoline powered motorboats allowed. Only electric trolling motors are permitted.

Open: Season starts in early May and ends in early November. Call for specific dates. Open 24 hours a day, Quite hours are 10pm-7am

Closest Towns: The nearest town is approximately 12 miles, or 20 minutes, to Cornelia, GA. Here campers will find restaurants, grocery stores, etc.

Water: Drinking water (municiple source) provided
Restroom Facilities: 4 Flush facilities

Passes: The Interagency Senior and Access Passes and the Golden Age and Access Passports are accepted. These passes entitle the pass holder to a 50% discount on camping fees.

Operated By: Chattahoochee Management, INC. under permit by the US Forest Service
Lake Russell camp area
More Recreation Activities
Day Hiking - Lake Russell Foot Trail (trail length 4.6 miles). Rhododentron Trail (trail length 1.5 miles). Sourwood Trail (trail length 2.7 miles). Lady Slipper Trail (trail length 6.2 miles).

Lake and Pond Fishing - Fishing dock at boat launch area. Fish Species Bass, crappie, perch, catfish and bream

Picnicking - 27 picnic sites with tables and grills, are located on each side of the beach area. The bath house is located centrally. Paved trails wind through the area. Designated paved parking is available for about 60 vehicles. A group shelter is available.

Swimming - Large grassy area serves as a "beach". A unique in-water sliding board is available for the kids enjoyment.
Contact, Directions & GPS Location
USDA Forest Service, Chattooga River Ranger District office - Phone: 706-754-6221 - Address: 9975 Highway 441 S, Lakemont, GA 30552 - Office hours: Monday - Friday at 8 am - 12 Noon and 1-4:30 pm. Closed 12 Noon - 1 pm.

Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forests - Phone: 770 297-3000
Address: 1755 Cleveland Highway, Gainesville, GA 30501
Office hours: Tuesday - Friday at 9 - 12 & 1-4 - Closed Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
Directions: Take GA 365/U.S. 23 North from Gainesville past Cornelia to Hwy 197. Turn right for approximately 3 miles until dead-end. Right on Dicks Hill Parkway for approx.3/4 mile. Turn left onto the paved Lake Russell Road.

Lake Russell Recreation Area GPS Location - Latitude is 34.493150 and Longitude is -83.494960.

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