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Carters Lake in Mountain City, GA
Gilmer County - North Georgia Mountains

Carters Lake

Carters Lake, the deepest of Georgia's reservoir lakes, is located in both Gilmer and Murray County. It was named after Farrish Carter who lived in the 19th century. It has a surface area of 3,200 acres (13 km2) and has 62 miles (100 km) of shoreline. Carters Lake is also more than 450 feet (140 m) deep.

Carters Lake, owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers, is a man-made lake without private docks or houses along its shore. This lake is fed by the Coosawattee River that runs between Ellijay and Chatsworth. Carters Dam, the tallest earthen dam east of the Mississippi, was completed in 1977. Since then, it has been used to act as a watershed to control annual flooding and generate power. Carters Lake is also used for various forms of outdoor recreation such as boating, fishing, water skiing, hiking, camping, and mountain biking.

Fish species: Largemouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Striped Bass, Hybrid Bass, Crappie, Walleye and Catfish.

Season: Open year-round, weather permitting.

Directions to the Visitor Center: From I-75, take Exit 320 in Resaca, go east on Hwy. 136, cross the bridge by the lake and turn left to the Vistor Center.

From Hwy. 515 between Ellijay and Jasper, take Hwy. 136 west and follow the signs to the Visitor Center.

Latitude:  34.6072    34° 36′ 25.92

Longitude:  -84.6332    84° 37′ 59.52

Elevation:  1,112.3 feet (339.0 m)


For more Information and Licenses
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


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