Walter F. George Lake

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Walter F. George Lake

Georgia

(229) 768-2516

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Overview

Walter F. George Lake is a 45,000 acre lake located on the Chattahoocee River between the states of Alabama and Georgia. This area is rich in history with many nearby historic sites and towns. The lake is nationally known for it's bass and crappie fishing. The lock, located at Ft. Gaines, Georgia, has the second highest drop east of the Mississippi River. Fishing and water recreation opportunities abound. Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge is located on the northern end of the lake offering excellent bird viewing all year. There are both state and Corps of Engineers operated campgrounds and day use parks featuring picnic areas, beaches and boat ramps, among other opportunities.

Map of Walter F. George Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 31.780590, -85.016938

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Activities

  • Boating

    Whether you enjoy relaxing aboard your sailboat, casting for bass from a fishing boat or skimming the waves behind a skiboat, there's ample room for your favorite water sports on Walter F. George Lake or Lake George W. Andrews. As the larger of the two lakes, Walter F. George lends itself better to boating activities, but numerous boat ramps are available on both lakes. Boat ramp areas include: Franklin Landing, Highland Park, Hardridge Creek Day Use Park, White Oak Creek Park, Cheneyhatchee Creek Park, Hatchechubbee Creek Park and Bluff Creek Park located on the Alabama side of the lake. East Bank Park, Pataula Creek Park, Cool Branch Park, River Bluff Park, Rood Creek Park and River Bend Park located on the Georgia side of the lake.

    Lake George W. Andrews boat ramps include: Abbie Creek Park is located on the Alabama side, and East Bank Park and Coheelee Creek Park are located on the Georgia side.

    Remember that all federal, state and local boating laws apply on the lakes. Please take note of navigational markers and exercise good judgment on the water.

  • Bicycling

    Bicycling opportunities are available in the area.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Visitors to the area may also want to tour some of the historic homes in nearby towns, or visit nearby state parks such as Kolomoki State Park, which contains the largest Indian mound east of the Mississippi River.

  • Camping

    One of the best ways to slow down and really enjoy the great outdoors is to go camping, and Walter F. George Lake offers excellent waterfront campsites, whether you like to camp in comfort or really rough it. The Corps of Engineers maintains several campgrounds which are considered to be some of the finest in the Eastern United States. Fee campgrounds like, White Oak Creek, Cotton Hill, Bluff Creek and Hardridge Creek Campgrounds offer water and electrical hookups, ample parking, grills, picnic tables, and clean shower facilities with laundries. Control gatehouses with attendants and/or hosts, and patrols by Park Rangers and local law enforcement agencies provide added security for campers and visitors. Reservations may be made six months in advance of the arrival date.

    Non-fee camping is available on both lakes at Rood Creek Park, on Walter F. George Lake, and Coheelee Creek Park on Lake George W. Andrews. These areas are perfect, secluded places to fishing or just relax and enjoy nature.

  • Fishing

    The Chattachoochee River lakes are an angler's paradise. Gamefish include largemouth bass, white bass, hybrids, crappie, channel catfish and bream. Alabama and Georgia have a reciprocal agreement concerning fishing licenses, with each state accepting the use of a current license from either state on the Walter F. George Lake. Anglers should be aware, however, that the two states differ in daily limits and size restrictions for some species.

    Bank fishing is excellent at many locations, including public fishing decks, along riprap by bridges and at the mouths of creeks flowing into the lakes. Fishing below Walter F. George and George W. Andrews Dams offer good downstream fishing opportunities.

  • Hiking

    There are hiking trails at the Hardridge Creek Park and at the Abbie Creek Park.

  • Historic Sites

    Enjoy the gracious antebellum mansions located in nearby historic towns, such as Eufaula, Alabama and Cuthbert, Georgia.

  • Hunting

    Stands of hardwood, mixed forest lands and open areas harbor many species of birds and wild animals, including waterfowl, deer, squirrels, rabbits, eagles, hawks, bobcats and dozens of species of songbirds. The lake and its surrounding forests provide a great locale for nature lovers to observe wildlife.

    The Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge, located on the upper reaches of Walter F. George Lake, serves as a winter sanctuary for several thousand waterfowl migrating down the Atlantic and Mississippi flyways. Many other species of wildlife and birds make the refuge their home.

    Hunting is allowed during designated state seasons on specific Corps-managed areas, provided the hunter has a valid state hunting license and Corps of Engineers hunting permit. Deer and turkey may be taken by bow only.

  • Picnicking

    The Walter F. George Lake day use parks include: Highland Park, Hardridge Creek Day Use Park, White Oak Creek Day Use Park, Hatchechubbee Creek Park located on the Alabama side of the lake. East Bank Park, Cool Branch Park are located on the Georgia side of the lake. The picnic shelters are ideal for family reunions, birthday parties or company gatherings and may be reserved in advance by calling 229-768-2516. There are also a number of first come first served picnic areas.

  • RVing

    The Corps of Engineers maintains several campgrounds which are considered to be some of the finest in the Eastern United States. Fee campgrounds like, White Oak Creek, Cotton Hill, Bluff Creek and Hardridge Creek Campgrounds offer water and electrical hookups, ample parking, grills, picnic tables, and clean shower facilities with laundries. Control gatehouses with attendants and/or hosts, and patrols by Park Rangers and local law enforcement agencies provide added security for campers and visitors. Reservations may be made six months in advance of the arrival date.

  • Water Sports

    Many visitors spend the day swimming, picnicking, sunning or playing ball along the shore.

Directions

Driving

Centrally located to Dothan, Alabama, and Albany, Georgia, within an hour's drive. Eufaula, Alabama, and Georgetown and Ft. Gaines, Georgia, are all located adjacent to the lake.

In Dothan take 431 north to Abbeville (27 miles). In Abbeville take Hwy. 10 East to Ft. Gaines, GA. In Ft. Gaines take Hwy 39 north, go 2 miles. ACF/Walter F. George Resource Site building is on the left. Directions to campgrounds may be obtained from the project website.

Phone Numbers

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(229) 768-2516

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