North Georgia Lakes - Featuring Lake Chatuge, Hiawassee Georgia - Home of the Georgia State Fair
Georgia is blessed to lie at the foothills of the ancient Applalachain Mountains and equally so with the many waterfalls, rivers and lakes, like Lake Blue Ridge, Lake Nottely and the largest lake of all in this area:
Lake Chatuge! Chatuge has drawn visitors to it’s beautiful shores for generations, many have eventually purchased property and moved here to enjoy the beauty of Chatuge and it’s layered mountain views year round! Whether you know Chatuge well or you’re just discovering it, enjoy the information below couretesy of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)
Chatuge Reservoir, located on the Hiwassee River in western North Carolina, is 13 miles long and extends southeast from the dam into north Georgia. The reservoir is named after a nearby Cherokee settlement.
Sport fishing is popular at Chatuge, both in the reservoir and in the Hiwassee River below the dam. A concrete weir has been installed below the dam to provide a steady flow of water in the riverbed and to increase oxygen levels for fish and other aquatic animals. Wade fishing for trout is popular here since fish are attracted to the weir, where food is abundant.
Chatuge is operated for many purposes, including flood damage reduction, power generation, and augmentation of water flows for navigation downstream.
Facts & Figures
Construction of Chatuge Dam began in 1941 and was completed in 1942.
The dam is 144 feet high and stretches 2,850 feet across the Hiwassee River.
Chatuge was originally built to store water to help reduce flood damage downstream. A single hydropower generating unit was added in 1954.
In a year with normal rainfall, the water level in Chatuge Reservoir varies about 10 feet from summer to winter to provide seasonal flood storage.
Chatuge has a flood-storage capacity of 62,600 acre-feet.
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