Lake Oconee GA

Lake Oconee GA is an hour to the east Atlanta and a world away. Once you leave behind the skyscrapers and traffic, you’ll find a place where lake scenery beckons you to come and play. On the shores of the lake, you’ll find multiple of places to have fun—on the links, at the beach, or at the gallery. With plenty of things to do in all seasons, Lake Oconee and its neighbors are an interesting place for a getaway no matter what the calendar says.

Outdoor Recreation

Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor Recreation

This manmade lake in central Georgia is located to the north of Lake Sinclair. Both were created in the 1970s when Georgia Power built Wallace Dam. With more than 370 miles of shoreline, the narrow Lake Oconee is the second biggest of the lakes in Georgia, just behind Lake Lanier. The Oconee River as well as some creeks and the Appalachee River feed Lake Oconee, so there’s plenty of water here for outdoor recreation.

Several marinas along its shores provide boaters with the fuel and facilities they need. If you’re not a boat owner, it’s not hard to find rentals or charter boat captains willing to take you out. These captains know that Lake Oconee GA is one of the best places in the regions for fishing. Many of the trees that were standing when the dam was built now provide a home for several species of fish. The lake is stocked with catfish, black crappie, and blue gills along with both largemouth and white bass. If you’d prefer to cast a line from land rather than a boat, you could head to one of the fishing piers at one of the parks along the shores of the lake.

Back on shore, outdoor recreation options are as plentiful, especially for hikers and golfers. With nine golf courses, many overlooking the lake, both experts and casual golfers will find the perfect fairway. If the views are your big draw, you’ll want to grab your clubs and head Great Waters. The lakeside course has the distinction of being a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. 

Museums & Attractions

The twin lakes are located close to some of central Georgia’s most interesting attractions. The big Atlanta attractions like the Georgia Aquarium and World of Coca-Cola are an easy drive away, giving you plenty of time to do the lake and the city in the same day. Milledgeville was home to writer Flannery O’Connor. Her farm, Andalusia, is open for tours and is a museum in her honor. Andalusia is just minutes away from Lockerly Hall, a historic house and an arboretum, as well as Georgia’s old capitol building. The current capitol building in Atlanta is open for tours, too. If you’re into the arts, you’ll enjoy popping into one of the galleries or the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art. Scull Shoals Mill Village is another interesting place to visit, home to historic mills, great hiking and picnic sites.

Lake Oconee GA Resorts

Lake Oconee GA Resorts
Lake Oconee GA Resorts

Overlooking Lake Oconee, the Reynolds Plantation is a combination resort, housing development, golf course, and nature preserve. Overnight accommodations are available at the Landing Inn or at the condos and cottages scattered throughout the scenic property. A number of vacation packagers are available for golfers, families, and anyone else looking for a vacation with style. The long shoreline of Lake Oconee is also home to the Ritz-Carlton Lodge (pictured). This luxury hotel has 251 guestrooms along with 99 holes of golf and lake views around every turn. Guests have access to a long list of outdoor recreation with the infinity pool, private beach, pontoon boats and so much more.

Hotels & Other Lodging

Hotels & Other Lodging
Hotels & Other Lodging

If your budget or style isn’t suited to luxury hotels, you still have plenty of choices for overnight stays. More than 25 hotels and motels are located close to the lake in Milledgeville, Greensboro, Madison, and Eatonton, where the lake is headquartered. For an alternative, you could stay in one of the campgrounds along the lake or rent a cabin. Georgia Power’s three parks (Parks Ferry Recreation Area, Old Salem Recreation Area, and Lawrence Shoals Recreation Area) all have camping available year-round.

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