Lake Chatuge

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Lake Chatuge, Straddling the Borders of North Carolina and Georgia, Spans an Impressive 7,200 Acres with 133 miles of Picturesque Shoreline.

Hayesville, NC – This tranquil lake, less crowded than those near Atlanta, offers a serene setting ideal for boating and other water activities. The area is dotted with various marinas, offering a wide range of watercraft for an enjoyable lake experience. For detailed information about these businesses, refer to the local recreation guides.

On the North Carolina side, Lake Chatuge boasts three public boat ramps: the Jackrabbit Mountain Campground off Hwy 175, Gibson Cove Campground off Myers Chapel Road, and Ledford Chapel Wildlife Access Ramp near Hwy 64. These access points provide easy entry for exploring the lake’s many scenic coves.

Anglers will find Lake Chatuge a haven, home to over 30 fish species, including large and smallmouth bass and sunfish. For more information on fishing opportunities, including in nearby streams and rivers, check local fishing guides.

The Clay County Park Campground and Gibson Cove Campground are perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, offering walking paths, bike trails, campsites, fishing spots, and a sandy beach with a swimming area. These campgrounds also feature picnic tables, playgrounds, and facilities for launching kayaks and paddleboards. While restrooms, showers, and campsites are available during the late spring and summer, the grounds remain open all year for enjoyment.

A unique feature is the three-mile walking path extending across Chatuge Dam. This path offers stunning sunset views of the lake on one side and mountains on the other. Access the park from Meyers Chapel Rd, or park at Chatuge Dam, reached via Meyers Chapel south from Hwy 64.

The Circle, on the eastern side of the Dam, provides additional boat ramps and picnic areas along the lake’s shores. Access this area by taking Hinton Center Rd south from Hwy 64, then turning right onto the Circle.

Jackrabbit Mountain Campground, nestled in the Nantahala National Forest on a peninsula in Lake Chatuge, is a prime location for camping, swimming, boating, and fishing. It also boasts 15 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, suitable for all skill levels, including a new 6-mile trail with challenging terrain.

Finally, Ledford Chapel Road boat ramp, located off Hwy 64 east of Hayesville, features three ramps, a large parking area, a fishing dock, and picnic tables. Near Hwy 64, just east of Ledford Chapel Rd, there is also a small parking area with lake access.

Additionally, there’s a swimming beach and playground off Hwy 76 in Hiawassee, further enhancing the recreational offerings around Lake Chatuge.

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