Blue Ridge Lake

Morganton, Georgia 30560

Blue Ridge Lake

Blue Ridge Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Located close to the meeting place of the Georgia, Tennessee, and North Carolina borders, Blue Ridge Lake is one of north Georgia’s mountain treasures and is arguably the best destination in the state for catching smallmouth bass. With a normal pool elevation of 1,687 feet, Blue Ridge is the highest major reservoir in northwest Georgia. Impounded in 1930 by damming the Toccoa River, a tributary of the Tennessee River, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) operates the reservoir for flood control and hydropower.

Blue Ridge is also the oldest major reservoir in northwest Georgia. Although Blue Ridge is a relatively small reservoir with 3,290 acres at full pool, it stretches over 12 miles and has about 100 miles of shoreline. With depths greater than 120 feet near the dam, Blue Ridge is also a deep lake. Blue Ridge has very little in the way of woody cover; instead the lake bottom composed of rock, shale, and sand. For the uninitiated, the lack of cover can make Blue Ridge a difficult lake to fish. Key species: smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, walleye, white bass, bluegill."

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Lake Blue Ridge is a great spot for enjoying all kinds of watersports in a beautiful, mountainous setting. This is a little slice of paradise in North Georgia, very close to the Tennessee and North Carolina borders. One of the best spots for visitors to enjoy the lake is the Morganton Port Recreation Area. There is a great campground here, and lake access is easy and convenient. There is a great beach area, so it’s easy to enjoy the water whether you enjoy hanging out on the beach or swimming. There is also a boat launch, so it’s easy to paddle your canoe or kayak as well as to launch your motorized boat or jet ski. This is a popular spot for fishing for bass, bluegill, walleye and more. (Be sure you have a Georgia fishing license if you decide to try your luck as an angler). This is an awesome spot for a relaxing getaway!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Best way to fish: boat
Best October through May
Season & Limits
US Forest Service, Toccoa Ranger District
Local Contacts
DeLorme Georgia Atlas and Gazetteer
Local Maps