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Lake Burton

This Georgia Power reservoir is the largest and highest in elevation among the five Georgia Power lakes in north Georgia. Lake Burton, with Tallulah River as a primary inflow, covers 2,775 surface acres and has 62 miles of shoreline. Located in Rabun County, Lake Burton is the northernmost lake in a chain of reservoirs along the Georgia-South Carolina border built to generate hydroelectric power.

Although the lake lies entirely within the Chattahoochee National Forest, some private properties surround the lake. In April, 2011, an EF3 tornado struck the lake, demolishing homes and causing one fatality. Most of the damage occurred on at Moccasin Cove, near the Moccasin Creek State Park and Burton Trout Hatchery.

Today, Moccasin Creek State Park and the Burton Trout Hatchery -- both located at Moccasin Cove -- are open for business, providing great access to all the tourist features located around the Tallulah River Watershed.


Anglers fishing at Lake Burton can find bluegill, rainbow and brown trout, hybrid striped white bass as well as largemouth and spotted bass, redear sunfish, walleye, catfish, and yellow perch. Streams that feed into this lake are stocked with trout. The spotted bass fishery is top drawer -- Lake Burton is home to a state record for this fish in February 2005. That monster rocked the scales at eight pounds, two ounces. Lake Burton also holds a lake record for yellow perch at two pounds, eight ounces, and a walleye at eleven pounds. The current lake record for brown trout is eleven pounds, three ounces.


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    Lake Burton Georgia Coordinates:
34.8269N -83.5551W
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Surface Area:
2,775 acres
Maximum Depth:
60+ ft
1,866 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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LaPrade's Marina is the only marina on Lake Burton where you can store your boat. This is a full-service marina that offers boat service, sales, rentals, and a 10,000-square-foot venue for events. Boaters also have winter public boat access to the lake at a ramp at Murray Cove, and another ramp is located at Moccasin Creek State Park. Moccasin Creek State Park also provides a fishing pier and canoe rentals. Georgia Power provides a boat ramp and parking just north of Lake Burton on the Tallulah River for paddlers.


If you want to camp or park an RV, try Moccasin Creek State Park. Other accommodations include cabins and houses for rent, resorts, hotels, and B&Bs. Most of the accommodations are located in Clayton, Georgia, with rentals located in other smaller towns in Rabun County.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Burton is located in Rabun County, Georgia, less than three hours' drive from Knoxville, Charlotte, and Macon. Atlanta, Greenville, Asheville, and Chattanooga are within two hours driving distance from the lake. Smaller towns are located within Rabun County, and the largest of these is Clayton, situated about 20 miles from the lake to the east. Clayton is the county seat, and is home to a little over 2,000 people.

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