Lake Yonah

Toccoa, Georgia 30577

Lake Yonah

Lake Yonah Professional Review and Guide

"Lake Yonah is the final link in the chain of small hydropower developments in north Georgia. Like its five sister lakes upstream, Lake Yonah offers good fishing for a variety of species and receives relatively little fishing pressure. The Yonah Hydroelectric Plant was completed and placed in operation in 1925. A Tugaloo River impoundment, 325-acre Lake Yonah is the downstream terminus in Georgia Power’s string of north Georgia hydropower lakes.

Like most Georgia Power hydro projects in northeast Georgia, the name of the lake comes from Native American language. “Yonah” is a Cherokee word meaning “big black bear.” Below Yonah Dam is the beginning of Lake Hartwell, a sprawling USACE hydropower reservoir. The fishery in Yonah is similar to the lakes above it. The total standing crop of fish in the lake is low compared to the more fertile waters of the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, but there are still plenty of fish to interest the angler, some trophy-sized. The lake gets little fishing pressure, and is a good destination if you want to get off the beaten path but not go to much trouble doing it. Key species: largemouth bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, crappie."

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Georgia’s Lake Yonah is a popular spot for anglers. It’s a good kayaking and canoeing spot, though the lake is also open to motorized boats. The area is heavily residential, so there is a lot of private property. Tugalo Park (not to be confused with Tugaloo State Park) is located near the mouth of the lake, off Hwy. 441 near Tugalo dam. It offers primitive camp sites, as well as a boat ramp, bathrooms, and spots where you can fish from land. The Yonah Boat Ramp also offers boat access. The ramp is paved and there is ample parking, even for trailers.

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Oct 2018