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Lake Blackshear

Located on Georgia's Flint River, Lake Blackshear is a reservoir created by the Crisp County Power Dam. This dam also is known as the Warwick Dam, because it is located near Warwick. Completed in 1930, this lake offers area residents and visitors opportunities for fishing and other water-related recreational activities. With over 8,700 surface acres and 97 miles of shoreline, visitors can find camping, hiking, recreational facilities, beaches, and boat ramps.

Lake Blackshear provided Crisp County with the first electrical power plant in the nation. Located near Cordele, the Watermelon Capital of the World, this lake and its resort offer a great venue for touring this part of the state.

Lake Blackshear is the only impoundment on the Flint River, which flows south until it joins Lake Seminole near the Florida state line.


Game fish found in Lake Blackshear include bass, sunfish, perch, black and white crappie, and catfish. Striped bass is a focus, with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources working to establish a population for this lake.


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    Lake Blackshear Georgia Coordinates:
31.8480N -83.9420W
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Surface Area:
8,700 acres
Maximum Depth:
44 ft
237 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Boaters can find two boat ramps, a marina, and camping at the Georgia Veterans State Park. Crisp County also provides public boat ramps. Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club offers a full-service marina, including boat and jet ski rentals. The resort's golf course is a top-rated public resort course, and the resort is surrounded by the state park. Both facilities are located on the eastern shoreline, southwest of Vienna, Georgia, and just east of Cordele along Coney Road.


The major source of lodging at Lake Blackshear is at Lake Blackshear Resort, and camping cottages are located in the same area at Georgia Veterans State Park. Cordele also offers several hotels, and that town is located between the lake and I-76.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Blackshear is located in Crisp, Sumter, and Lee Counties in Georgia, and nearby towns include Warwick, Cordele, and Americus. Cordele maintains a county airport. Columbus, the closest large city, is located 82 miles to the northeast. Columbus airport offers daily flights through Atlanta Hartsfield's hub.

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