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George W. Andrews Lake

George W. Andrews Lake, originally the Columbia Lock and Dam when it was completed in 1963, was renamed in 1972 for Congressman Andrews. Managed by the Army Corps of Engineers, this reservoir is located south of Lake Walter F. George along the Chattahoochee River, and these two reservoirs are the only two located in Alabama along that river, although the lake also borders Georgia. The purpose of the George W. Andrews Dam is for river navigation, but the lake also provides some good fishing.

The dam is short, so the lake is narrow. Although the lake is deep enough for pleasure boating and water skiing, this narrow layout can make for some crowded weekends for anglers. Despite the fact that this lake is one of the least visited impoundment project along the Chattahoochee River, it is a popular water recreation spot on summer weekends. The shoreline is mostly undeveloped, and fishing early or late in the day can provide some peaceful opportunities.


Anglers can expect largemouth bass, including trophy fish in the six-to-eight-pound range. An abundance of forage threadfin and gizzard shad help grow that black bass population, along with some spotted and shoal bass. Bluegill and channel, flathead, and blue catfish also make up this lake's fish species.

Since the banks and waters of the Chattahoochee River form the boundary between Alabama and Georgia, several areas are affected by fishing license agreements and some areas are not covered by reciprocal licenses. In most cases, creel and possession limits are the same along this river in both states.


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    George W. Andrews Lake Alabama Coordinates:
31.2602N -85.1099W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
1,540 acres
Maximum Depth:
25+ ft
105 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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There are no fishing docks available on this lake, but anglers have access to six boat ramps.


This lake holds seven recreation areas and camping sites along its twenty miles of shoreline. Among them, Abbie Creek Park and West Bank Park are located on the Alabama side of the lake, and Coheelee Creek Park is located on the Georgia side of the lake. Other lodging is nearby at Dothan, Alabama, and in Blakely, Georgia.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


George W. Andrews Lake is located in Houston County, Alabama and in Early County, Georgia. Dothan is the closest large city, and it offers a regional airport that provides services to Atlanta daily. Dothan is located just 21 miles west of the lake. Other towns located near George W. Andrews Lake include Abbeville, Blakely, Donalsonville, and Colquitt.

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