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Lake Allatoona

Lake Allatoona, also known as Allatoona Lake, is a reservoir on the Etowah River in northeast Georgia. The Etowah River is a major tributary for the Coosa River. Covering 12,000 surface acres, this lake is surrounded by 25,000 acres of public land owned by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake is located only 35 miles from Atlanta via I-75.

Nearly seven million visitors use the lake and surrounding area each year for its parks, camping, hunting, boating, fishing, and swimming.


The Georgia Department of Natural Resources restocks the lake each year, since this is a heavily-fished lake. Native species include largemouth, hybrid, striped, spotted, and white bass, crappie, bream, gar, and catfish. A number of fishing jetties and boat ramps offer anglers easy access to fish throughout the year.


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    Lake Allatoona Georgia Coordinates:
34.1383N -84.6439W
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Surface Area:
12,000 acres
Maximum Depth:
145 ft
840 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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The Corps offers numerous access sites to the lake, and many boat ramps are accompanied by parks that have parking, beaches, playgrounds, and restrooms. Some of the ramps are managed by county agencies, municipal governments, and recreation departments. Almost all of these lake access sites charge a fee for using amenities, or you may only use the ramps if you also are camping. Eight privately-owned marinas also provide services and boat ramps from various locations on this lake.


Cartersville is the largest town near the dam, offering a variety of lodging for visitors. Visitors can fine more than 1,000 RV and tent campsites along this lake's shoreline, and Red Top Mountain State Park contains 92 camp sites and several RV sites. Acworth also offers accommodations, and that town sits at the south end of the lake along I-75.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Allatoona is located in southwestern Cherokee County, southeastern Bartow County, and in Cobb County near Acworth. Nearby towns include Cartersville, Acworth, Holly Springs, and Cambridge Grove. Atlanta is located just 37 miles from Acworth via I-75, which crosses the lake north of Acworth.

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