Lakes - Atlanta Magazine

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Okay, so technically they’re reservoirs and not hard to find. But these lesser-known bodies of water—from Chatuge in the north to Clarks Hill in the east—offer cool refuge from summer’s heat, whether you’re looking for a second home or just a second wind.
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  • Summers on the Lake

    When my wife, Linda, and I were very young and very poor, we lived in a tin-roofed cabin in Mountain City, Georgia. Sometimes, to love well what we could love for free, we would drive around the lakes of Rabun County and all the green, wrinkled land in that far northeastern part of our state. Read More
  • Lake Sinclair

    Head downstream to visit Lake Oconee's easygoing sibling

    On Lake Sinclair, there are no resorts or even hotels, no spas or golf courses—but several karaoke joints. Instead of gated subdivisions, you’ll find a $700,000 home next to a singlewide. But it’s fed by the same waters and framed by the same rolling, farm-dappled forest as its tony sister to the north. It’s fair to say Sinclair is Oconee with its shirt untucked. Read More
  • Lake Chatuge

    Explore secret coves in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains

    It’s easy to get lost on Lake Chatuge, but that’s sort of the point. When the Tennessee Valley Authority dammed the Hiawassee River in 1942, it splattered water everywhere into the nooks and crannies of the Blue Ridge Mountains that straddle the border between Georgia and North Carolina. Read More
  • Clarks Hill Lake

    Laid-back reservoir offers trophy bass and open waters

    Coming from Atlanta, Clarks Hill Lake seems buried deep in the middle of nowhere, but stripers don’t care that the address barely registers on TripAdvisor. Clarks Hill is widely considered one of the best bass fishing spots in Georgia, if not the nation. Read More
  • Carters Lake

    Georgia's deepest lake welcomes reflection or recreation

    Like just about every other sizable body of water in Georgia, Carters Lake is not a lake but a reservoir. It was created thirty-six years ago, when the Coosawattee River—which had been diverted to permit construction of the largest earthen dam east of the Mississippi—slammed into the dam’s embankment. Read More
  • Lake Lanier

    Sure, it's rowdy at Cocktail Cove, but there are also 38,000 acres of tranquility

    Lake Lanier isn’t Georgia’s largest lake, but it is the closest major reservoir to Atlanta, the state’s most visited, and perhaps its most notorious. Read More