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Lake Jackson

One of the oldest reservoirs in Georgia, the Lloyd Shoals Dam was built in 1910 on the confluence of the Yellow, Alcovy, and South Rivers to create Jackson Lake. The dam's outflow contributes to the Ocmulgee, Oconee, Altamaha, and Ohoopee Rivers. Built for hydroelectric power, this lake has become a prime location for boating, fishing, skiing, and wakeboarding.

While Lake Jackson is one of the smaller Georgia Power reservoirs at 4,750 surface acres, it still covers three counties -- Butts, Jasper, and Newton. Plenty of area attractions exist to keep the entire family busy, including Indian Springs State Park and wildlife and nature centers. This lake is especially busy in the summer months with water recreation sports.


Largemouth bass make up half the black bass population in Lake Jackson. Other bass species include spotted and striped bass. Anglers also can find catfish, bream, and crappie in this lake -- this is one of mid-Georgia's better bream lakes, and it's an excellent redear sunfish location. Hybrid striped bass have been stocked annually since the 1980s, and the lake record for this fish is at 15 pounds, two ounces.


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    Lake Jackson Georgia Coordinates:
33.3680N -83.8555W
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Surface Area:
4,750 acres
Maximum Depth:
25+ ft
528 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Lake Jackson is home to four marinas and public access through various park and landing sites. Boat ramps are located at Factory Shoals Recreation Area to the north, Gus's Landing, Lloyd Shoals Park, Ocmulgee River Public Access, and Riverside Park. Most of the marinas are full service, and the public access ramps often have spaces for picnic tables and fishing piers, and some spots offer camping.


Although the three counties that surround Lake Jackson lack tourism bureaus, the recreation areas around Lake Jackson offer plenty of camping within just ten miles of the lake. Camping is available at Factory Shoals Recreation Area and at Bear Creek Marina on the lake. Also, you can find lodging in towns such as Monticello and Jackson, and especially in locations along the Interstates, such as McDonough or Locust Grove.

Indian Springs State Park is located just west of the dam, about twelve miles along GA-16. That park offers 60 camp sites, and ten cottages. This is one of the oldest state parks in the U.S.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Jackson is located between I-75 and I-20, a little over one hour south of Atlanta. Several small towns surround the lake in Butts, Jasper, and Newton Counties, and the two closest locations for supplies or lodging include Jackson and Monticello, located to the southwest and southeast of the lake respectively.

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