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Lake Oconee

Georgia Power impounded the Oconee River and created Lake Oconee when they completed the Wallace Dam in 1979. Located in central Georgia between Atlanta and Augusta, the lake offers over 400 miles of shoreline and three 85-acre parks that contain beaches, camping facilities, and public boat ramps. The lake is popular for fishing, boating, swimming, skiing, wakeboarding, and other water sports.

Lake Oconee is the second largest lake in Georgia after Lake Sidney Martin, covering over 15,000 acres along a course that runs over 20 miles. The lake separates Greene, Morgan, and Putnam Counties, and it feeds directly into Lake Sinclair downstream. The northern portion of the lake lies in Oconee National Forest, part of the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest system.


Lake Oconee features a wide variety of fish species for anglers, including a complete range of catfish, bluegill, crappie, largemouth, striped, white, and hybrid striped white bass, redbreast and redear sunfish, and yellow perch. Lake resident Billy Brantley broke Lake Oconee's largemouth bass record in 2012 when he pulled in a twelve-pound, fourteen-ounce largemouth using a Texas-rigged lizard. The previous record was set in 1990 at twelve pounds, nine ounces.

The Lake Oconee area newspaper, the Lake Oconee Breeze, offers a great section on outdoor sports that can keep you up to speed on fishing techniques and issues throughout the year.


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    Lake Oconee Georgia Coordinates:
33.3500N -83.1570W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
15,330 acres
Maximum Depth:
95 ft at dam
434 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Georgia Power offers three public boat ramps at their camping parks, which include Old Salem, Parks Ferry, and Lawrence Shoals. Armor Bridge off Brown's Ford Road also offers boat access. A number of marinas offer access for fees, and they also provide boat rentals, guided fishing excursions, cruises, captain charters, and full-service supplies.


This large lake is surrounded by towns that offer B&Bs, hotels, and resorts. Lodging opportunities range from the Ritz-Carlton Lodge located south of Greensboro to camping in the woods. The closest major cities include Atlanta, located about one hour to the west, and Augusta to the west. But, visitors can enjoy other lodging opportunities closer to the lake in Greensboro, Madison, Eatonton, Watkinsville, and Sparta.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Oconee Lake spreads across Greene, Morgan, and Putnam Counties, providing access to cities such as Greensboro, Madison, Eatonton, Watkinsville, and Sparta. These communities have banded together for marketing efforts, providing tourists with a wide variety of options for activities that range from the arts to golfing. it takes about one and one-half hours to reach the heart of Atlanta from the lake, and about two hours to reach the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The Augusta regional airport is located about one and one-half hours from the lake. Both cities are along I-20.

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