Carters Lake

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Carters Lake

Georgia

(877) 334-2248

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Overview

Carters Lake Project is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District. Carters Lake is one of the most scenic lakes in the Southeast. Located at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains, its sparkling waters and rugged shoreline provide a beautiful surrounding for a variety of recreational opportunities which includes: camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, and hunting. Want to learn more about recreation at Carters Lake? Click on the Carters Lake Web Site link.

Map of Carters Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 34.614279, -84.632492

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boaters visit Carters Lake to enjoy its solitude and scenic beauty. Whether you're in a powerboat, sailboat, or paddling along the shoreline in a canoe, Carters Lake offers everyone an enjoyable boating experience.

    Carters Lake has seven public boat ramps for easy access. Boat ramps are located at Damsite, Doll Mountain, Woodring Branch and Ridgeway. The reregulation pool also has a boat launch located near the powerhouse off old Hwy 411. All boaters launching outside a developed campground are required to pay a day use fee or purchase an annual day use pass. No fee is required to launch at the reregulation pool ramp.

  • Bicycling

    The Ridgeway mountain bike trail system is located in Ridgeway Park at Carters Lake. Riders pass through mountain vegetation along high ridges that overlook deep clear water, then descend to cross small creeks. The main trail is a loop approximately 6 miles long. Several other short spur trails exist within the park that allow for longer rides. Trail features include a mixture of single track, narrow logging roads along with challenging climbs, stream crossings and technical downhills. Time required to complete one loop ranges from 35 minutes for expert riders to more than one hour for beginners. The trail can be accessed from several points along the main road. Orange trail marker posts are easy to follow with arrows pointing the direction along the entire loop.

    The Amadahy Trail is located in the Woodring Branch Recreation Area. This 3.5 mile loop trail is excellent for beginners with flat to rolling terrain. Riders are treated to great views of Carters Lake along most of trail's length. Trailhead parking is located off the Woodring Branch access road. Time required to complete the trail is approximately 25 minutes.

  • Camping

    There are two year-round campsites and three that are open April through October/September. Campgrounds have varying numbers of sites and offer different amenities. Check (http://carters.sam.usace.army.mil/CLcamp.htm) for more specific campground information.

    Camping reservations can be made up to six months in advance at: Recreation.gov or by calling 877/444-6777. Campsite reservations can also be made by by calling the campgrounds directly during the camping season. Harris Branch group camping reservations phone 706-276-4545 May-September only

  • Fishing

    Carters Lake is approximately 11 miles long with 3200 acres and 62 miles of shoreline. Shoreline fishing locations are limited due to steep shoreline terrain. Boaters can access the lake via six boat ramps. Deep clear water and a rocky shoreline characterize Carters Lake. The reregulation pool or lower lake is located below Carters Lake and can be accessed from a boat ramp near the Carters Powerhouse off Old Hwy 411. Reregulation pool conditions (water depth and surface acres) fluctuate based on powerhouse discharge. Fishing on the lower lake is peaceful and few PWC's or pleasure boats operate on the shallow waters. Limited shoreline fishing opportunities also exist on the lower lake. Swift water fishing in the Coosawattee River can be found below the reregulation dam. Two concrete fishing decks have been constructed along the river accessible from Old Hwy 411. Picnic tables, a hiking trail and bathrooms are also provided at the downstream fishing areas. A handicapped accessible ramp is provided on the south side fishing area.

  • Hiking

    The Amadahy Trail is located in the Woodring Branch Recreation Area. This 3.5 mile loop trail is a flat to rolling terrain. Hikers are treated to great views of Carters Lake along most of trail's length. Trailhead parking is located off the Woodring Branch access road. Time required to complete the trail is approximately an hour on foot. This trail is shared with mountain bikers.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted on most of the public land adjacent to Carters Lake. Hunting is also allowed in campgrounds (archery only) after they are closed for the season. When campground gates are closed for the winter no vehicle access is permitted. During the annual wheelchair hunt, no archery hunting will be permitted (wheelchair hunt dates posted in Georgia hunting regulations handbook). Hunters may gain access to remote areas of the lake by boat. The Coosawattee Wildlife Management Area at Carters Lake consists of approximately 6,060 acres of mountain land in Gilmer and Murray Counties. The terrain is typical of the Southern Appalachian foothills and upper Piedmont region. Forest types in the Carters Lake area consist primarily of upland hardwood and mixed pine hardwood stands. Elevations range from 700 feet in valleys to 1376 feet on ridge tops.

  • Picnicking

    There are six group picnic shelters available at Carters Lake that may be reserved. Each shelter has a large grill. Shelters my be reserved by phoning the Site Manager's office. Payment may be made with a money order, cashier's check, cash, personal check or credit card.

  • RVing

    There are two year-round campsites and three that are open April through October/September. Campgrounds have varying numbers of sites and offer different amenities.

  • Water Sports

    Harris Branch is the only public beach on Carters Lake. It is located off GA Hwy 382. Harris Branch is open from early May through Labor Day. There are no life guards at Carters Lake. No pets are permitted at Harris Branch Beach

Directions

Driving

From Atlanta I-575 north to Carters Lake exit. Follow signs to desired project locations.

Project Office: From Atlanta I-75 north to exit 126, then right (north) on Hwy 411. Continue north on 411 and turn right on Hwy 136. Continue approximately 2 miles on Hwy 136, then left just after crossing the Talking Rock Creek Bridge. The project office is located 2 miles up the access road. From Chattanooga I-75 south to exit 137 (Rocky Face). Turn left and follow Hwy 52/76 to Chatsworth. Turn right on Hwy 411 in Chatsworth and travel south. Turn left on Hwy 136. Continue approximately 2 miles on Hwy 136, then left just after crossing the Talking Rock Creek Bridge. The project office is located 2 miles up the access road. .

Phone Numbers

Primary

(877) 334-2248

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