Lake Blue Ridge
Lake Blue Ridge is one of Georgia’s most picturesque mountain lakes. The lake is over 3,290-acres and has over 90 national forest campsites, several boat ramps, a full-service marina and public swimming and picnic areas. The Chattahoochee National Forest manages over 80 percent of the shoreline, thus keeping it undeveloped and pristine.
If you are a fishing enthusiast, Lake Blue Ridge is home to bass, bream, catfish, perch and crappie. It is the only lake south of the Great Lakes where Walleye are caught, and is also known for white bass fishing.
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. Click here for more Lake Blue Ridge fishing information.
Lake Blue Ridge Boat Ramps
Morganton Point Recreation Area boat ramp
Lakewood Landing boat ramp near Morganton
Lake Blue Ridge Marina offers boat ramp access on a fee basis and they have boat rentals as well.
The Morganton Point Recreation Area is located on Lake Blue Ridge and surrounded by the beautiful northeast Georgia mountains. Pristine water and scenic views draw visitors from around the state and region. The Blue Ridge Ranger District Office is located just three miles west of Blairsville, GA off of Highway 515, on the north side of the highway. The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 4:30 pm.
Morganton Point Recreation Area offers visitors year-round recreation opportunities including camping, picnicking, boating, swimming and hiking centered around beautiful Lake Blue Ridge. During the peak season, the on-site campground store is open to the public and is located in the day-use area.
SWIMMING - The Morganton Point Beach includes a designated swimming area, picnic tables, white beach, bathhouse and trash bins.
HIKING - There are day-use hiking trails within the Morganton Point Recreation Area ideal for a short stroll, including one which parallels the lakeshore. The Appalachian Trail and Benton MacKaye Trail pass through Fannin County and would be easily accessed from this area.
BOATING - Lake Blue Ridge is open to motor boats and jet skis.
FISHING - Fishing in the 3,290 acre lake is a popular activity.
Visitor maps for the Chattahoochee National Forest can be obtained by calling the Forest Service Office in Blairsville, Georgia at 706-745-6928 or by visiting www.fs.fed.us/conf/.
If you want to swim in a pool, then visit the Recreations and Parks pool in downtown Blue Ridge for $3/person.
Lake Nottely is nestled in the mountains and valleys of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The lake is 2,300 feet long, covers over 4,180 acres and has 106 miles of shoreline. Lake Nottely is located in Union County northwest of the town of Blairsville, Georgia and was constructed in 1942 by the TVA for hydro power and recreation. The quaint mountain lake has clear deep water and an abundant striper population. Hundreds of private residential home sites are located along the shoreline but the recreation area is open to the public and features a beach and camping area which is a great place for viewing wildlife.
Lake Nottely, a TVA lake, is used for power generation and flood control. The water level in Nottely Reservoir varies about 32 feet in a normal year. The lake is bordered by the Chattahoochee National Forest, which adds to the beautiful scenery. For the fisherman in family, Lake Nottely is known for its black and striped bass, walleye, and rainbow trout. The lake also has several shores, which are perfect for swimming and lounging around on a sunny day. Also, remember to use caution below Nottely Dam and check the TVA release schedule before hand.
Lake Nottely Boat Ramps
Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division operated boat ramps:
Canal Lake – no fee, 1 lane, no dock, no restrooms, paved parking for 4 vehicles (longitude -84.00032 and latitude 34.88813). Click here for more info including maps and directions http://www.gofishgeorgia.com/content/displayboatramp.asp?ID=2108
Jacks Creek – no fee, 2 lanes, no dock, no restrooms, paved parking for 20 vehicles (longitude -84.0758 and latitude 34.90897). Click here for more info including maps and directions http://www.gofishgeorgia.com/content/displayboatramp.asp?ID=2109
State Recreation boat ramp:
Poteete Creek Recreation Area includes a boat ramp – just 13 miles north of Blairsville, Georgia off GA Hwy 325 (Nottely Dam Road) on Nottely Lake. Recreation area is open 4/1 to 11/1 from 6am to 10pm. The Poteete Creek recreation area has many picnic tables, swimming beach, restrooms, bath house and showers to freshen up after a swim.
2 Lake Nottely Marinas that offer boat launch, food, storage and rentals.
Meeks Park is one mile west of Blairsville on Hwy 515 from Blue Ridge, GA (20 minute drive) and the park entrance is across from North GA Tech College. Open to the public. Many local kids and adults use the 4 baseball fields, 2 softball fields and batting cages. Also, the Butternut Creek and Nottely River run through Meeks Park which provides fishing and picnic opportunities for families/ Several picnic tables, designated dog walking path, swimming pool, clean restrooms and four covered pavilions for larger parties to enjoy.
Vogel State park is 10 miles south of the nearby town of Blairsville
Nearby Outdoor Activities
Brasstown Bald Mountain – Georgia’s highest peak at 4,784 feet, which you can hike up the trails or take the shuttle bus. The visitor center is open full time Memorial day to October subject to the weather and weekends in April and May, so make sure to call ahead 706-745-6928
Helton Creek Falls – is actually 2 waterfalls deep in a forest of hardwoods that drop 100 feet. The trail to the falls is 300 yards and directions are available http://georgiatrails.com/maps/helton.html
Lake Winfield Scott and Suches – beautiful 18 acre mountain lake to enjoying picnics, swimming, fishing, boating and hiking. The park has a covered pavilion and bath house close to the swimming area. You can access the park from state road 180.
Noontootla Creek Farms – is privately run farm for the outdoor sports that enjoys fly fishing for some big monster trout, shooting sporting clays, and quail & pheasant hunting. http://ncfga.net/
Butternut Creek Golf Course – north georgia golf course that you can walk or ride a cart for 18 holes with fantastic mountain views.
Trackrock Stables offers north georgia horseback riding trails further down Hwy 515 past the town of Blairsville
Vogel State Park
Come and visit one of Georgia’s oldest and most popular state parks. Vogel State park is located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. If you are driving from the south, you will pass through Neel Gap, a beautiful mountain pass near Brasstown Bald, the highest point in Georgia.
HIKING - Hikers can choose from a variety of trails, including the popular four-mile Bear Hair Gap loop, an easy one-mile lake loop, and the challenging 13-mile Coosa Backcountry Trail.
SWIMING - The park’s 22-acre lake is open to non-motorized boats. During summer, visitors can cool off at the scenic lakeside beach or rent a paddle boat and cruise around the lake.
PICNICING - Enjoy bringing a picnic lunch and eating under the covered pavillion over looking the lake.
Lake Winfield Scott
Completed in 1942, Lake Winfield Scott is the lasting legacy of the Civilian Conservation Corps in north Georgia. Named for General Winfield Scott, who led the United States Army for forty years and ran for President in 1852. This beautiful setting features campsites, fishing, and some of the best hiking in the eastern United States, including two Appalachian Trail access trails.
The 18-acre lake that is the centerpiece of the park is the headwater of Cooper Creek, which winds from the lake to the Toccoa River. Two roads provide access to the park, although one (the north entrance) is only for lake access. The other allows access to the summer home area, hiking trails, and lakeshore facilities including a boat launch, dock and swimming area. A modest fee is required.
Campsites are large and wooded. Each has a picnic table, grill, and fire ring. The 36 sites are divided into two areas.