Looking for a place to 'cool off' this season? Then, take a dip in a Georgia lake. Fishing, swimming, boating, picnicking and bird watching are some of the treasures that these lakes have to offer. Most Georgia lakes are maintained by the Army Corps of Engineers or Georgia Power. Check out the Georgia lakes map and safety tips.
Carters Lake embraces a spectacular tract of foothills scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. Carters Lake is popular for camping, fishing, picnicking, boating, mountain biking and hunting activities. This 3,220-acre reservoir is Georgia's deepest, with steep bluff banks and an undeveloped shoreline. Lake camps, maps and contact infoCarters Lake Fishing Info
Clarks Hill Lake & J. Strom Thurmond Lake are at the border of GA and Clarks Hill, SC
Clarks Hill (known as J. Strom Thurmond in S.C.) is Georgias largest reservoir at 71,535 acres. This U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir is located 30 miles northeast of Augusta on the Savannah River. The numerous creeks feeding the lake, over 1,200 miles of shoreline and large areas of open water provide a wide range of fishing opportunities. This lake is loaded with scenic lakefront campsites. Many of them are dog friendly. Clarks Hill Lake Campsites and Recreation infoClarks Hill Lake Fishing info
Goat Rock Lake features 25 miles of shoreline with 940-acre lake. It is formed by Goat Rock Dam. It's source is the Chattahoochee River. Boating and fishing are accessible from the Sandy Point Recreation Area.
Sandy Point Access Area
Located just south of Bartlett's Ferry Dam tailrace, Sandy Point Access Area sits on the west side of Goat Rock Lake in Lee County, AL. While this is a good spot for bank fishermen because of the available shoreline, there is also a paved boat ramp, a picnic area with several tables, and a parking lot. It also has the Goat Rock Recreation Area with a boat ramp and bank fishing. Goat Rock Lake Fishing Info
Hamburg Lake is a 225-acre reservoir located 15 miles north of Sandersville on the Little Ogeechee River at Hamburg State Park. The lake is stumpy, so only boats powered with trolling motors or outboards up to 10 horsepower are allowed. The bass, jackfish and shellcracker fishing opportunities make the trip to this quiet area in Washington Co. worthwhile. Hamburg Lake Fishing Info
High Falls Lake is a 650-acre impoundment of the Towaliga River in Butts, Monroe and Lamar counties, located east of
I-75 north of Forsyth. The Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources
operates High Falls Lake for recreational purposes that include sport fishing. The lake is open to fishing during daylight hours
only, and the operation of motors greater than 10 horsepower are prohibited. High Falls Lake Fishing Info
Lake Andrews - One of the best ways to slow down and enjoy the great outdoors is to go camping, and Walter F. George Lake offers excellent waterfront campsites, whether you like to camp in comfort or really rough it. The Corps of Engineers maintains several campgrounds which are considered to be some of the finest in the Eastern U. S.
This 1,540-acre, 29-mile reservoir is on the Chattahoochee River in southwest GA. Lake Andrews begins at the Walter F. George Lock and Dam near Fort Gaines and ends at the George W. Andrews Lock and Dam near Blakely. Lake Andrews Fishing Info
Lake Blackshear - Crisp County Power Company operates this shallow 8,500-acre Flint River reservoir. Lake Blackshear is in southwest Georgia, near Cordele. This reservoir's waters support good populations of bass, crappie, white bass, hybrid bass, stripers and catfish. Lake Blackshear Fishing Info
Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club - From any vantage at Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club, the view of 8,000-acre Lake Blackshear certainly is breathtaking. This pet-friendly resort nestled in the middle of Georgia Veteran's Memorial State Park is just a short 2-hour drive from Atlanta. This resort is the ultimate destination for any escape, from an adventurous weekday getaway, to a family reunion, to a romantic weekend, to a corporate meeting. Guests will find a variety of activities to suit every taste. Fun includes golfing, hiking, boating, fishing, dining and swimming. The natural surroundings put every guest at ease and in the mood to be creative and productive.
Lake Chatuge - Lake Chatuge is a 7,050-acre Tennessee Valley Authority reservoir located on the North Carolina border. Sport fishing is popular at Chatuge, both in the reservoir and in the Hiwassee River below the dam. Concrete weirs have been installed below the dam to provide a steady flow of water and to increase oxygen levels for fish and other aquatic animals. Wade fishing for trout is popular here since fish are attracted to the weirs, where food is abundant. Fishing and boating
regulations are restricted to the waters governed by each state, so anglers must pay careful attention to laws. Lake Chatuge Recreation, Parks and Fishing Info
Lake Blue Ridge - Located on the Toccoa River in the Chattahoochee National Forest in north Georgia. It stretches 11 miles southeast from the Blue Ridge dam. The river flows northwest into Tennessee, where it’s called the Ocoee River. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) operates this 3,290-acre reservoir on the Toccoa River near Blue Ridge, GA. The river is noted among fishermen for its sunfish, trout, and bass. There’s a scenic overlook above the dam and a shaded picnic area near the powerhouse. The canoe and kayak launch site below the dam gives nonmotorized boaters access to the Toccoa River. Lake Blue Ridge attractions and fishing info
Lake Burton is a 2,775-acre reservoir near Clayton featuring beautiful scenery and large lakeside homes. Its source is the Tallulah River.
Managed by the Georgia Power
Company, this lake holds an impressive quality spotted bass fishery. Burton is home to the state record spotted bass catch - a whopper caught in February 2005 that tipped the scales at 8 pounds, 2 ounces. Lake Burton Parks, Recreation and Fishing Info
Lake Chehaw is formerly known as Lake Worth. It is a 1,400-acre impoundment of the Flint River and Muckalee and Kinchafoonee creeks, located near Albany. Owned and operated by the Georgia Power Company, three boat ramps provide public access to the reservoir. Lake Chehaw's Parks and Fishing Info
Lake Harding is 156 miles with 5850-acre lake. It is formed by Bartlett's Ferry Dam. Its source is the
Chattahoochee River. Parks and Outdoor Attractions Include Blanton Creek Park and Campsite, Blanton Creek Wildlife Management Area, Mark Prevatt Waterfowl Management Area, Idle Hour Park, Chattahoochee Valley Park and more. Lake Harding's Attractions, Fishing, etc.
Lake Hartwell is a large 56,000-acre reservoir on the Savannah River operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake provides a wide variety of fish habitats, ranging from rocky bluffs on the upper Tugaloo River arm to shallow cove pockets and sandy flats in the middle and lower sections of the lake. Boat access is available at many locations around the shoreline at boat ramps operated by the Corps of Engineers and State Parks. Fishing at Lake Hartwell Lake Hartwell Parks and Campgrounds
Lake Jackson is a 4,750-acre impoundment owned and operated by the Georgia Power Company. The Alcovy, South and Yellow Rivers meet near Jackson, GA to form this heavily developed lake that is very popular with boaters and skiers during the summer months. Lake Jackson Recreation and Fishing Info
Lake Juliette is 32 miles with 3600-acre lake. Formed by Southeast Dam. Its source is the Flint River, Muckalee Creek and the Kinchafoonee Creek Activities. Also known as Rum Creek, it is a 3,600-acre Georgia Power Co. reservoir located 15 miles north of Macon. Smaller crowds, an undeveloped shoreline, beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife are the lakes main attractions. Lake Juliette Parks and Fishing Info
Lake Lanier in Buford and Gainesville is also known as Lake Sidney Lanier. Nestled in the foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains lies Lake Sidney Lanier, one of America’s favorite lakes. Over 7.5 million people a year visit Lanier. With over 692 miles of shoreline, the lake is well known for its aqua-blue colored water, spectacular scenery and many recreational activities. It has 692 miles of shoreline. Its 38,000-acre reservoir operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and located about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta. Lanier receives heavy fishing pressure due to the large regional population. Spotted bass, crappie, striped bass and catfish are favorite targets of Lake Lanier anglers. There are many parks and campgrounds at this lake. Lake Lanier Day Use ParksLake Lanier CampgroundsLake Lanier Fishing Info Lake Lanier General Info and Regulations
Lake Oconee has 374 miles of shoreline with 18,971-acre lake. Formed by Wallace Dam. Its sources are the Oconee and Appalachee Rivers. Lake Oconee is located mainly in Greene County, near Madison and Greensboro. The 19,050-acre reservoir is operated by the Georgia Power Company with Lake Sinclair as a pump-storage (pump back) hydropower generation facility. This
unique operation in combination with the lake's long, narrow shape produces noticeable water current throughout
the lake during power generation and pump back. Fish tend to be more active and feed more agressively when water
is moving through the dam. Lake Oconee RecreationLake Oconee Fishing Info
Lake Oliver is 40 miles of shoreline with 2150-acre lake. Formed by Oliver Dam. Its sources is the Chattahoochee River. North Highlands Lake has 3 miles of shoreline with 131-acre lake formed by the North Highlands Dam. Its source is also the Chattahoochee River. Located on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, the Georgia Power Company operates this 2,150-acre reservoir.
Recreational boating is heavy during the summer, but anglers usually do not encounter heavy boating traffic
during early spring and late fall. Anglers should be on the lookout for the three fish attractor locations,
marked with buoys. Lake Oliver Recreation and Fishing Info
Lake Rabun, Lake Seed & Tallulah Falls- Lake Rabun has 25 miles of shoreline with a 834-acre lake. It is formed by Mathis Dam. It's source is the Tallulah River. This mountain reservoir is long and narrow with miles of steep, rocky shoreline. The upper two miles of the lake are relatively shallow and contain mud flats with weed beds along the river channel and long sections of blown down trees. Lake Seed has 13 miles of shoreline with a 240-acre lake. It is ormed by Nacoochee Dam. Its source is the Tallulah River. Tallulah Falls has 3.6 miles of shoreline with a 63-acre lake. Its source is the
Tallulah River. Recreation and Fishing Info for Lake Rabun, Lake Seed and Tallulah Falls
Lake Seminole in Donalsonville and border of Chattahoochee, Florida has 37,500 acres of water and over 18,000 acres of surrounding land. It has 376 miles of shoreline. This beautiful U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir forms at the junction of the Flint and Chattahoochee Rivers in the southwestern corner of Georgia. The shoreline is 376 miles and is known nationally as one of the best sites for sports fishing in America. Lake Seminole Fishing Info Lake Seminole Camping and Parks Recreation
Lake Sinclair has 417 miles shoreline with 15,330-acre lake. It is formed by Sinclair Dam. Its source is the Oconee River. Lake Sinclair also is among GA's most popular boating areas. Georgia Power provides 2boat ramps for public access to water recreation. A favorite area for fishermen at all skill levels, Lake Sinclair is the site of national fishing tournaments as well as smaller local ones. Visitors find fall and winter fishing at Lake Sinclair a special treat. Georgia Power also provides an outstanding tailrace fishing area below the dam near Milledgeville. Lake Sinclair is located north of Milledgeville off U.S. Hwy 441. Lake Sinclair Recreation AreasLake Sinclair Fishing Info
Lake Tobesofkee is a 1,750-acre lake owned and operated by Bibb County near Macon, Ga. Property owners have
developed the shoreline on the lower end but the upper end is still relatively undeveloped above the Lower
Thomaston Rd. Bridge. The Bibb County Recreation Department maintains a large area for bank fishing access on
the upper end of the lake called the fingers. Tobesofkee also is a nice place to take the family for the day. Lake Tobesofkee Fishing and Recreation Info
Lake Tugalo in Burton is 18 miles of shoreline with a 597-acre lake. Formed by Tugalo Dam. Its source is the Tallulah and Chattooga Rivers. Lake Tugalo is a beautiful 600-acre lake formed by the Tallulah and Chattooga rivers. Owned and operated by the Georgia Power Co, Tugalo is on the South Carolina border near Clayton. Outboard motors are restricted to 25 horsepower. Lake Tugalo Attractions and Fishing Info
Lake Varner - This 850-acre reservoir is about two miles NE of Covington on Alcovy Road (Exit 92 off I-20). The Newton County Parks and Recreation Department manages Lake Varner. Gasoline motors are not allowed on the lake. Lake Varner Fishing Info
Lake Weiss - The lower Coosa River from near Rome to the Georgia-Alabama state line is Georgias portion of the Lake Weiss, an Alabama Power Company project. Georgia's portion of the reservoir encompasses approximately 2,000 acres of
river and shallow backwater habitats. Lake Weiss Fishing Info
Lake Yonah is in Burton. It has over 9 miles of shoreline with a 325-acre lake that is formed by Yonah Dam. Its source is the Tallulah and Chattooga Rivers. Lake Yonah offers such varied outdoor activities as boating, fishing, picnicking and camping. Lake Yonah fun and Fishing Info
Nottely Lake is near Blairsville and in Murphy, North Carolina - It is a 4,180-acre TVA reservoir located in Union County near Blairsville. The lake's relatively fertile water supports a diverse fish community. Nottely Reservoir lies in the state of Georgia on the southeastern edge of the Tennessee River watershed, nestled in the mountains and valleys of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The reservoir features a beach and camping area and is a great place for viewing wildlife. Nottely Reservoir serves a number of purposes other than recreation, including flood control and power generation. Nottely Lake fishing info
Randy Poynter Lake is a 650-acre reservoir constructed to meet the water needs of Rockdale County. It is located about six miles north of Conyers on Black Shoals Road in Black Shoals Park. The park is open six days a week, and is closed on Wednesdays. Hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Daylight Savings) and 7 am to 6 pm the remainder of the year. Gasoline motors are prohibited on the lake. Randy Poynter Fishing Info
Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake is in Elberton - This 26,650-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir is nestled between Lakes Hartwell and Clarks Hill on the Savannah River. Shoreline development is forbidden, making this one of the more pristine reservoirs in GA. Many visitors express their appreciation with the Corps for maintaining the aesthetic qualities of the lake and shoreline – a unique experience for most outdoor enthusiasts in the area. With its undeveloped shorelines, Russell Lake provides an outdoor experience that goes beyond just fishing – visitors enjoy the beautiful scenery as well as the abundant wildlife. Richard B. Russell Lake Recreation and Fishing Info
Turner Lake is a great place for fishing, hiking and walking. Amenities: Parking, Public Restrooms, Accessibility for mobility-impaired. Phone: 706-786-4373 Address: 6185 Turner Lake Rd, Covington, GA 30014
Walter F. George Lake is in Ft. Gaines. It features 640 miles of shoreline with a 45,181-acre lake. Also referred to as Lake Eufaula. One of the best ways to slow down and really enjoy the great outdoors is to go camping. Walter F. George Lake offers excellent waterfront campsites, whether you like to camp in comfort or really rough it. The Corps of Engineers maintains several campgrounds which are considered to be some of the finest in the eastern U.S. Walter F. George Lake Parks and RecreationWalter F. George Lake Fishing Info
West Point Lake is in West Point. It is 525 miles of shoreline with a 29,500-acre lake. Surrounded by deep forests and rolling fields, West Point Lake extends 35 miles along the Chattahoochee River on the AL-GA state line. The lake's 525 miles of shoreline provides excellent opportunities for fishing, camping, boating and other recreational activities. Excellent facilities, close proximity to Atlanta, and an abundant largemouth bass population makes West Point Lake a great choice for anglers of all skill levels. West Point Lake Recreation AreasWest Point Lake Fishing Info
Discover How to Pick the Best Lakeside Vacation Spot - Picking the perfect lake for your family getaway can sometimes be rather trying. Contrary to what some may think, there are an almost unlimited number of lakeside vacation destinations from which to choose. Read this article for more tips.