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Imagine the sounds of the water lapping against the shore and that blue horizon that seems to stretch into infinity. There is something magical just waiting to happen at the lakeside!

Of course, owning property with a lake front is always going to be the best investment. But, when it comes to the actual lake your property is on, makes all the difference. When it comes to the beautiful lakes in Georgia, such as; Lake Blue Ridge, Carters Lake, Lake Nottely, Lake Chatuge - where will the investment be lost? Absolutely nowhere! 

The Greatest Moment of Owning Property with Lake Front

The decision is made to be on a lake....now which lake in North Georgia to choose?!?  The wonderful views that you get to see as you wake up each morning. The peacefulness and the serenity feels like a light blanket that comforts you every time you look at the beautiful scenery these North Georgia lakes have to offer.

 Lake Blue Ridge.   The crystal clear aquamarine waters of Lake Blue Ridge make it the crown jewel of the North Georgia mountain lakes. The 3,290-acre lake and surrounding area boast over 50 national forest campsites, several boat ramps, a full-service marina and public swimming and picnic areas. What makes Lake Blue Ridge unique among the other lakes in the area is that 80 percent of the shoreline on Lake Blue Ridge is in the Chattahoochee National Forest, managed by the USDA Forest Service. Blue Ridge reservoir is 11 miles long and has 65 miles of shoreline, only 25 percent of which is developed, which will help ensure that Lake Blue Ridge will always maintain its pristine nature. 

 The lake was formed when Blue Ridge Dam was constructed on the Toccoa River in 1930 by the Toccoa Electric Power Company. At the time it was built, the dam was the largest earthen dam in the Southeast. The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) purchased the facility in 1939 for hydroelectric power production. There are activities galore to partake of on the lake. Stand-up paddle boarding has become quite popular over the past few years and if you happen to be particularly good at it, you can paddle almost year-round (if you’re not so good at it, best stick to paddling during the warm months!). Pontoon boats are a great way to enjoy a lazy summer day tooling around the lake and stopping from time-to-time to jump into the water to cool off. For folks who are more the adrenaline junkie type, wake boarding is popular, as is jet-skiing.  There is nothing quite as serene as an early morning kayak paddle watching the sun break through the mist rising from the waters. 

     Fishing is also quite popular on the lake where an angler might catch spotted bass, largemouth bass. Small mouth bass, bluegill and the lake has the distinction of being the southern-most body of water inhabited by walleye. Be sure to have a fishing license, however, or your only catch might be a ticket and fine!

      There are two public boat ramps: one off of Dry Branch Road and one in the Morganton Point Campground. Morganton Point also boasts a large camping area as well as a sandy beach which is a perfect place to spend a summer day with the kids. All in all, Lake Blue Ridge offers something for just about everyone and it is a central part of the Blue Ridge experience for visitors and residents alike.

Blue Ridge: Facts + Figures

• The construction of Blue Ridge Dam was begun in 1925 and completed in 1930.   

• Blue Ridge Dam is 175 feet high and stretches 1,553 feet across the Toccoa River.

• In a year with normal rainfall, the water level in Blue Ridge Reservoir varies about 22 feet from summer to winter to provide seasonal flood storage.

• The reservoir has a flood-storage capacity of 68,500 acre-feet. 

• Blue Ridge Dam is a hydroelectric facility. It has one generating unit with a net dependable capacity of 13 megawatts. Net dependable capacity is the amount of power a hydroelectric dam can produce on an average day, minus the electricity used by the dam itself.

 

Carter's Lake. Carters Lake embraces a spectacular tract of foothills scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia and is located in Gilmer and Murray counties. Its sparkling waters and rugged shoreline provide a beautiful surrounding for a variety of recreational opportunities which include camping, fishing, picnicking, boating, mountain biking and hunting.

 Carter’s Lake: Facts + Figures

• Carters Lake has 3200 surface acres

• Carters Lake is more than 450 feet deep 

• Carters Dam is the tallest earthen dam east of Mississippi river

• Carters Lake shoreline has no private docks or development along 62 miles of natural shoreline 

• The lake is named after Farrish Carter who owned property nearby in the 1800's

 

Lake Nottely.   This lake is well known as a reservoir, and was man made during WWII on the southeastern side of the Tennessee River. Located in Georgia near the border of North Carolina, Nottely has one generating unit with a net dependable capacity of 18 megawatts. The reservoir has a flood-storage capacity of 61,600 acre-feet. Nottely Reservoir is on the southeastern edge of the Tennessee River watershed, amid the mountains and valleys of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The reservoir features a swim beach and camping area and is a popular place for viewing wildlife. Nottely Reservoir serves a number of purposes other than recreation, including flood damage reduction and power generation.

Nottely: Facts + Figures

• Nottely Dam was built during World War II. Construction began in 1941 and was completed in 1942.     

• The dam is 197 feet high and stretches 3,915 feet across the Nottely River.

• Nottely Dam is a hydroelectric facility. It has one generating unit with a net dependable capacity of 18 megawatts. Net dependable capacity is the amount of power a dam can produce on an average day, minus the electricity used by the dam itself.     

• In a year with normal rainfall, the water level in Nottely Reservoir varies about 20 feet from summer to winter to provide seasonal flood storage.

• The reservoir has a flood-storage capacity of 61,600 acre-feet. 

 

Lake Chatuge.  Chatuge Reservoir, located on the Hiawassee River in western North Carolina, is 13 miles long and extends southeast from the dam into north Georgia. The reservoir is named after a nearby Cherokee settlement. Sport fishing is popular at Chatuge, both in the reservoir and in the Hiawassee River below the dam. A concrete weir has been installed below the dam to provide a steady flow of water in the riverbed and to increase oxygen levels for fish and other aquatic animals. Wade fishing for trout is popular here since fish are attracted to the weir, where food is abundant.

 Chatuge: Facts + Figures

  • Construction of Chatuge Dam began in 1941 and was completed in 1942.
  • The dam is 150 feet high and stretches 3,336 feet across the Hiawassee River.
  • Chatuge was originally built to store water to help reduce flood damage downstream. A single hydro-power generating unit was added in 1954 with a net dependable capacity of 13 megawatts. Net dependable capacity is the amount of power a hydroelectric dam can produce on an average day, minus the electricity used by the dam itself.
  • In a year with normal rainfall, the water level in Chatuge Reservoir varies about 10 feet from summer to winter to provide seasonal flood storage.
  • Chatuge has a flood-storage capacity of 62,600 acre-feet.