Discover the NE Georgia Mountains Travel Region Small Fishing Lakes
Refresh yourself and stay cool by visiting a Georgia lake. Many offer fun activities for everyone which includes fishing, swimming, boating, camping and nature hiking! Activities, contact info and locations are listed. Some lakes are public and others are individually owned. Some restrictions apply. Please call them for more info.
Black Rock Lake in Rabun County
Size: 17 acres Fish: A fair population of largemouth bass and sunfish. Catfish are periodically stocked into the lake. Trout are also periodically stocked (about 3,000 annually). Lake Facilities: Cottages and campsites (not adjacent to lake), hiking trails, senic overlooks, picnic tables, fishing pier that is wheelchair accessible. Lake is 2241 feet above sea level. Fee: $5 parking fee Open: All year 7 am - 10 pm
Contact Information Owner: Black Rock State Park, Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division, Ga. Department of Natural Resources Phone: 706-746-2141 Address: P. O. Drawer A, Mountain City, Georgia 30562 Directions: On Taylor's Chapel Road inside Black Rock Mountain State Park
Commerce Watershed Lake in Banks County
Size: 60 acres Fish: Bass, catfish and crappie Lake Facilities: Boat ramp Fee: No special fees Open: All year Restrictions: Boats may use electric motors only. Fishing is permitted year round from the shoreline, and from boats with trolling motors only. There are no camping or picnicking facilities. Contact Information Owner: City of Commerce Phone: 706-335-6330 Address: P. O. Box 348, Commrerce, Georgia 30529 Directions: On Level Grove Road 2 miles east of GA Hwy 98 north of Maysville
Crow's Lake in Jackson County
Size: 3 fishing lakes Fish: Bass, bream, and channel catfish Lake Facilities: Boat ramp on the larger lake, restrooms, picnic tables, bait, tackle and night lights. Live catfish available for sale on Saturday. Fee: Daily entrace fee and per pound of fish caught Open: May 1 - Oct 1 during Wednesday - Saturday only Restrictions: Anglers must keep all fish except bass. Only bass fishing boats allowed. Contact Information Owner: Private Phone: 706-367-8817 Address: 393 Crow's Lake Drive Jefferson, Georgia 30549 Directions: On GA Hwy 11 just west of Jefferson
Fort Yargo State Park Lake in Barrow County Size: 260 acres Fish: Channel catfish, largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, and crappie Lake Facilities: Boat ramp, boat rentals, restrooms, tent and RV camping, swimming, cottages, playground, picnic tables, minature golf, beach and shelters, canoes, paddle boats and jon boats. Jon boats available with or without motors. Handicap accessible facilities are available. Fee: $5 parking fee Open: All year from 7 am to 10 pm seven days a week Restrictions: 10 hp motor restriction, boats allowed from 7 am until sunset.
Contact Information Owner:Fort Yargo State Park, Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division, Ga. Department of Natural Resources Address: P. O. Box 764 Winder, Georgia 30680 Phone: 770-867-867-6123 Directions: 1 mile south of Winder on GA Hwy 81
Lake Russell in Habersham County
Size: 95 acres Fish: Bass, sunfish, catfish and crappie Lake Facilities: Concrete boat ramp, camping and swimming from the middle of May through October. The Forest Service operates a 41-unit campground adjacent to the lake. Although the camping facilities and swimming beach are open only from mid-May through October, the lake is accessible by vehicle and open to fishing year round. There is a concrete launching ramp. Fee: Daily parking fee Open: All year Restrictions: Boats may use electric motors only.
Outboard motors are not allowed on the lake, but electric motors are permitted. Contact Information Owner: U.S. Forest Service Phone: 706-782-3320 Address: P. O. Box 1960 Clarksville, Georgia 30523 Directions: Just outside the city limits of Cornelia off U.S. Hwy 123 East
Lake Trahlyta at Vogel State Park in Union County Size: 22 acres Fish: Bass, bream and trout. This lake has a limited fishery for bass and bream and is stocked periodically during each trout season with about 5,000 trout. Lake Facilities: Swimming, paddle boating, cottages, camping, minature golf Fee: $3 parking fee Open: All year Restrictions: No boats allowed Contact Information Owner: Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division, Georgia DNR Phone: 706-745-2628 Address: 7485 vogel State Park Road Blairsville, Georgia 30512 Directions: In Vogel State Park on U.S. Hwy 129 south of Blairsville
Seed Lake in Rabun County
Size: 240 acres Fish: This lake receives relatively light fishing pressure and has a good population of largemouth bass, bluegill, and redbreast sunfish. A few walleye are also caught. There is an abundance of small yellow perch. The lake is accessible by a small launching ramp on the Lake Rabun Road. Lake Facilities: Small launching ramp (Lake Rabun Road) Fee: No special fees Open: All year Contact Information Owner: Georgia Power Company Address: #4 Seed Lake Road Lakemont, Georgia 30552 Phone: (706) 947-3521 Directions: On Lake Rabun Road between Lakemont and Burton Dam
Tallulah Falls Lake in Rabun County Size: 63 acres Fish: Fishing is fair for bass, sunfish, yellow perch and catfish. Lake Facilities: No boat ramp is available, but small boats and canoes can be launched by hand on the south side of the lake. Camping and picnic facilities are available off U.S. Highway 441. Fee: No special fees Open: All year Restrictions: Lake level often fluctuates rapidly so take proper precautions. This small lake is operated primarily for power generation and thus the lake level often fluctuates rapidly. Contact Information Owner: Georgia Power Company Phone: 706-947-3521 Address: On Hwys 441 South, Tallulah Falls, Georgia Directions: On U.S. Hwys 441 and 23 at Tallulah Falls
Unicoi Lake in White County Size: 53 acres Fish: Bass, bream, catfish and trout Lake Facilities: Canoe rental, two swimming beaches, camping, paddle boats, picnic shelters, hiking trails. Fee: $5 parking fee Open: All year 7:00am - 10:00PM Restrictions: This impoundment supports a fair bass, bluegill fishery. Catfish are periodically stocked into the lake. Smith Creek, upstream from the lake, is stocked heavily with catchable trout from April through August and a few trout are caught in the lake as a result. Contact Information Owner:Unicoi State Park, Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division, Georgia DNR Phone: 706-878-3982 / 3983 Address: P. O. Box 997 helen, Georgia 30545 Directions: In Unicoi State Park on GA Hwy 356 east of Robertstown
Victoria Bryant State Park in Franklin County
Size: 2 small ponds. 1/2 acre for campers and 1 acre for disabled persons only. Fish: Bass, bream, channel catfish and crappie Lake Facilities: Campsites and a picnic area are available. Fee: $5 parking fee Open: Call for days. Ponds are only open certain days for campers and disabled persons. Restrictions: One pond open to disabled persons only, the other open only to campers only during certain days of the week. Call for more info. Contact Information Owner:Victoria Bryant State Park, Parks, Recreation and Historic Sites Division, Ga. Department of Natural Resources Phone: 706-245-6270 Address: 1105 Bryant Park Road Royston, Georgia 30662 Directions: On GA Hwy 327 north of Franklin Springs
Yonah Lake in Stephens County Size: 325 acres Fish: Bass, bream and catfish Lake Facilities: Two boat ramps, one near the dam and the other at the upper end of the lake, picnic area. It is relatively isolated, but does have some summer cottages around its shoreline. It is accessible by two launching ramps on the Georgia side of the lake. One ramp is at the upper end of the lake, and the other is near the dam. Fee: No special fees Open: All year Restrictions: Subject to severe water level fluctuations for power generation. Fishing pressure is light on this lake, which is subject to severe water level fluctuations from power generations. Fishing is primarily for bass, sunfish and catfish. Contact Information Owner: Georgia Power Company Phone: 706-947-3521 Address: Prather Bridge Road, Toccoa, Georgia Directions: On Prather Bridge Road off GA Hwy 184 north of Toccoa