Are you ready to cool off from this scorching summer heat? If the answer is yes, then boy do we have a few incredible spots for you. While the beaches in Georgia are quite mesmerizing, there is something about spending the day at a local lake that really is pure magic. Whether you’re taking a boat out on the calm water or spending the day grilling lake-side, here are a few of the best Georgia lakes to spend your summer days:
1. Richard B. Russell Lake
Located near Elberton, Georgia, Lake Russell is a 27,000-acre man-made reservoir, half in Georgia, half in South Carolina. Some of the state's finest fishing can be done in Lake Russell, not to mention a few campsites and cabins are available to spend the weekend there.
2. Clark Hill Lake
Also known as Lake Strom Thurmond, Clark Hill Lake is a reservoir at the border between Georgia and South Carolina in the Savannah River Basin. It was built between 1951 and 1952, from the J. Strom Thurmond Dam. Many people flock to this lake for a day of sunshine and relaxation.
3. Lake Chatuge
This man-made reservoir sure is a beauty. Located near Hiawassee, Georgia, Lake Chatuge is a vacation spot for most. Take the boat out and enjoy one of many enchanting sunsets. After all, they do pretty much happen every day.
4. West Point Lake
There are so many different ways to enjoy West Point Lake, located near La Grange, this summer. From renting a boat and cruising the water, to grabbing a pint and a steak at Hunter’s Pub, there’s always something to do near this lake.
5. Lake Hartwell
In the themes of man-made reservoirs, Lake Hartwell might be the most popular of them all. It's actually known as one of the southeast's largest and most popular recreation lakes. Take a week, rent a house with a view, and enjoy the rest and relaxation.
6. Seed Lake
Imagine 13 miles of pristine shoreline. That's what Seed Lake has to offer. Not to mention some of the best walleye and trout you've ever feasted on.
7. Lake Yonah
Lake Yonah is a lake on the Tugaloo River, which separates Georgia and South Carolina. Here, residents and visitors alike set up shop on the lake to catch largemouth bass, and also the sometimes rare crappie and catfish.
8. Lake Jackson
About 44 miles south from Atlanta you'll find one of the oldest reservoirs in Georgia, Lake Jackson. There are so many fun things to do on the lake, like strapping on a pair of skis and cruising through the water.
9. Lake Tugalo
Six-hundred acres. That's how big Lake Tugalo is. Six-hundred acres of pure beauty located in northeastern Georgia. Also, with more than 18 miles of shoreline, how can you not be enveloped into nature during your visit?
10. Carters Lake
Fishing, camping, hiking, boating—you name it, Carters Lake has it. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Carters Lake is known as one of the deepest reservoirs in the state. Take a kayak out to the center and see what we mean.
11. Lake Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge Lake is a reservoir in Fannin County, in the northern portion of Georgia. The lake features a few public beaches with BBQ grills, where you can set up for the day with your family and enjoy the summer sun.
12. Lake Blackshear
This popular spot is a man-made lake on the Flint River, featuring pristine, natural beauty. Whether you're catching a romantic sunset, or you packed a picnic for the family, there is always something fun to do at Lake Blackshear.
There are so many more beautiful lakes in Georgia. What are some of your favorites? We’d love to hear where you spend most of your summer relaxing.