Chatuge Lake Literature

 

Chatuge Lake is a man-made reservoir in Towns County, Georgia, and Clay County, North Carolina. It was formed by the Tennessee Valley Authority’s construction of Chatuge Dam (then the highest earthen dam in the world) in 1942. The lake is relatively shallow with depths of 30 feet (9.1 m) and reaches 144 feet (44 m) by the dam. In an average year the water level varies 10 feet (3.0 m) from winter to summer to provide seasonal flood storage.

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Lake Chatuge is the highest major lake in the state of Georgia. It takes up 7,000 acres (2,800 ha) and is 13 miles (21 km) long. The shoreline is 130 miles (210 km) long. The lake is named after an 18th-century Cherokee Native American settlement once located near the dam site. The word means “Beautiful” and “Land where the waters meet” (the lake covers the meeting place of the Hiwassee River and Shooting Creek). The reservoir is home to rainbow trout, catfish, bass, crappie, walleye, blue gill and brim. Bass clubs hold tournaments on the lake.

Lake Chatuge is a popular destination for fishing, boating, swimming, and hiking. There are several public access points to the lake, including:

  • Lake Chatuge Recreation Area: This area has a boat ramp, picnic area, and swimming beach.
  • Hiwassee Dam: This dam is a popular spot for fishing and picnicking.
  • Brasstown Bald: This mountain offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding area.
     

Here are some things to keep in mind when visiting Lake Chatuge:

  • Boating: The lake has a 10 horsepower limit.
  • Fishing: A Georgia or North Carolina fishing license is required.
  • Swimming: There are no lifeguards on duty at any of the swimming areas.
  • Hiking: There are several hiking trails in the area, including the Appalachian Trail.

Overall, Lake Chatuge is a beautiful and popular destination for outdoor recreation.