Your browser is out of date.
This site may not function properly in your current browser. Update Now

Carters Lake

Lake, River, or Waterfall
Carters Lake - Woodring

ADA Accessibility Notes

Some areas are ADA accessible such as the Visitor Center.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomes you to Carters Lake, one of the most scenic lakes in the Southeast, featuring the highest earthen dam east of the Mississippi. When you visit Carters Lake, there are many things you'll be sure to notice. It's a large lake preserved in its natural, pristine state. Sixty-two miles of shoreline wrap around 3,500 acres of water to form an 11 mile long boater's paradise.

The Carters Lake Visitor Center is a a great place to begin your visit. Interpretive displays at the Center illustrate more about local wildlife, flora and history. Informative maps and brochures are available, and the staff is more than happy to answer your questions.

The lake is rich in history. Archaeological studies date Native American habitation in this region to potentially as early as around 5,000 B.C. European influence in this area began in 1539 when Hernando De Soto, with over 600 people, spent almost a month camped at the village of Coosa. Believe to have been located at the valley below Carters Dan, Coosa was at that time one of the most important centers of power in the Southeast. The people of Coosa, ancestors of the Creek Indians, abandoned this area and moved westward after European diseases and other factors ravaged the population. Later, in the 1700s, the Cherokee Indians began to make this area home.

How to Get There

Carters Lake is accessible via GA Highways 136, 282, 382, and US Highways 411 and 76.

Directions to the Visitor Center:

From I-75, take Exit 320 in Resaca, go east on Hwy. 136, cross the bridge by the lake and turn left to the Vistor Center.

From Hwy. 515 between Ellijay and Jasper, take Hwy. 136 west and follow the signs to the Visitor Center.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets allowed on a leash.

Recreational Opportunities

Activities at lake include:

  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Hunting and fishing
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Mountain biking


Seasons Accessible

Carters Lake is open year-round, weather permitting.




Nearby Places