The lakes, with a backdrop of forested ridge lines and Rock Mountain offer visitors a scenic and relaxed setting in which to enjoy fishing, hunting, picnicking, hiking, camping and more.
|Major Fish Species and Fishing Tips
|Fish Species: Largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, channel catfish, crappie, hybrid striped-white bass. FISHING HOURS: Fishing is permitted from sunrise to sunset, seven days a week, year around.
LICENSE: Persons under 16 years old are not required to have a recreational fishing license.
Persons at least 65 years old or disabled may fish with an honorary fishing license. All other persons are required to have a Georgia annual recreational fishing license, a one-day fishing license, a Sportsman’s license, or a lifetime license. A WMA stamp is not required or valid.
Boats: Fishing boats only (jet skis, sail boats, sailboards, and skiing are prohibited). Idle speed (no wake) required regardless of boat or motor size. All State boat registration and boating safety requirements are enforced.
Boat Ramps: Located off Mountain View Drive (one in the west and east sub-impoundment of Antioch Lake). There is a boat passage-way under the causeway separating the Antioch Lake sub-impoundments. The Heath Lake boat ramp is off Angler’s Haven Drive.
Bank Access: Good access for bank fishing is
located near all boat ramps, near the visitor center, along Mountain View Drive and causeway, in the campground (for use by registered campers only), and along the Wildwood Cove Drive parking lot, east of the beach.
Check at visitor center for other rules and regulations that may only apply at Rocky Mountain.
Hunting and firearm use is prohibited except during posted hunting seasons in designated areas. Hunting is prohibited in safety zones as marked by signs or as shown on the area hunting map. Check the hunting regulations and pamphlets for more detailed hunting information.
|Public Fishing Area is located in northern Floyd County, near Rome, Georgia, on 5,000 acres owned by Oglethorpe Power Corporation. The area includes two recreation lakes totaling 559 acres. Largemouth bass and sunfish are the most common game fish in the lakes; however, channel catfish, black crappie, and hybrid whitestriped bass are also present. Whitetail deer, turkey, and waterfowl frequent the area providing visitors an opportunity to hunt or observe wildlife in a natural setting.
Water: Two lakes (202 & 357 acres).
Heath Lake (open the 1st through the 10th of each month)
NOTE: New Heath Lake regulations - Lake is now open the 1st - 10th of each month and there is now a slot limit on largemouth bass. All largemouth bass 14" - 20" must be released immediately. There is still a creel limit of 5 fish, only one of which can be over 20".
Facilities: concrete boat ramps, fishing jetties, restrooms, picnic shelters, scenic overlooks, hiking trails, tent & RV camping (seasonal), group primitive camping (reservation only), group picnic area (reservation only), some facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.
Fee: daily ($3 ) or annual ($30) Rocky Mounatin PFA parking permit required (one per vehicle). WMA license is not required but a valid Georgia Fishing License is required to fish on this area. See link below.
|It is illegal to possess alcoholic beverages anywhere on the area. No one may rappel, rock climb or hang glide. For more info, see Georgia PFA Info and Regulations page.
To help cover the costs of maintaining these great resources, visitors (ages 16-64) must have one of the following to access Public Fishing Areas except for Rocky Mountain PFA:
3-day hunting/fishing license Wildlife Management Area license
Sportsman's, Honorary or Lifetime license or Georgia Outdoor Recreational Pass (GORP)
To purchase a GORP pass, click HERE
|Contact and Directions
|Telephone: 706-802-5087 - Address: 4054 Big Texas Valley Road NW, Rome, GA 30165 - Directions From Rome: North on US Highway 27 for 10.4 miles, left on Sike Storey Road 0.4 miles, left on Big Texas Valley Road 5.4 miles to entrance.
Check These Out:
Rocky Mountain PFA
GA Public Fishing Areas
Fishing Trip Check List
GA Wildlife Areas:
Public Fishing Areas (PFA)
Archery & Firearms Ranges
License & Regulations: