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Lake Oliver

Lake Oliver is a 2,150-acre reservoir located downstream from Goat Rock Dam and Lake Harding. Georgia Power created this lake in 1959 with the Oliver Dam and Generating Plant on the Chattahoochee River. Lake Oliver is wide at the southern end, but becomes almost riverine where it meets Goat Rock Dam upstream.


Lake Oliver is on the Alabama-Georgia state line, and both shorelines are densely populated. Summer recreational sports crowd this lake during the summer, but the other three seasons are perfect for anglers who want to fish for bream and crappie, and smallmouth, striped, white, and largemouth bass.


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    Lake Oliver Alabama Coordinates:
32.5160N -84.9990W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
2,150 acres
Maximum Depth:
50 ft
337 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
Major City:
Columbus, GA
Columbus, GA


The City of Columbus, Georgia, owns the one full-service marina and access point to this lake, which is located at River Road.


Standing Boy Creek State Park in Georgia was created in 2004, and it is available for swimming, boating, camping, hiking, and hunting. In Alabama, few campgrounds are available, but visitors can find plenty of lodging and vacation rentals. Phenix City, located in Russell County, offers the most resources for visitors. Phenix City lies at the south end of the lake near Columbus, Georgia.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Oliver is located in Lee and Russell Counties in Alabama and in Muskogee County in Georgia. Nearby Alabama towns and cities include Phenix City at the south end of the lake and Fairfax at the north end. Opelika is located about 28 miles from Phenix City on I-85. Columbus offers the closest airport, and it is Georgia's fourth busiest airport.

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