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Lake Seminole

Lake Seminole is a reservoir on the Chattahoochee River, impounded by the Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam. The reservoir is located in southwest Georgia, where it runs along the Georgia/Florida state line. Maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, this 37,500-acre lake also receives the Flint River and Spring Creek. Water flowing from those rivers creates the Apalachicola River below the dam.


Known for its great bass fishing and tournaments, Lake Seminole offers largemouth and striped bass. It also carries chain pickerel, catfish, crappie, and dozens of other species. Lake Seminole near Bainbridge is noted for its redear sunfish. Bainbridge, located on the northeast portion of Lake Seminole, was proclaimed the Bass Capital of Georgia, and that town contains plenty of facilities and services for any angler and his or her family. Georgia and Florida have reciprocal fishing agreements.


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    Lake Seminole Georgia Coordinates:
30.7080N -84.8630W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
37,500 acres
Maximum Depth:
35 ft
77 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
Major City:
Tallahassee, FL
Tallahassee, FL


Lake Seminole sports many boat ramps, operated by various entities. Many of them are located at campgrounds or recreational sites, and many of them also are public access. For boaters who want to experience the Flint River, a single lock at the dam provides access to the lake and to the Flint. The lake reaches 30 miles upstream along the Chattahoochee and 35 miles up the Flint and has a 376-mile shoreline. Recreational boaters also can lock through at the Walter F. George Dam and the George W. Andrews Dam along the Chattahoochee.


The Corps maintains ten of the 35 parks available along the shoreline. The two largest parks include Seminole State Park and Three Rivers State Park. Seminole State Park offers cottages, camping, picnic shelters and lake access. It is located on the north of Lake Seminole on State Bicycle Route 10/231 in Georgia, south of Donalsonville. Three Rivers State Park includes all the amenities any vacationing family might need, including accommodations, boating facilities, playgrounds, hiking, and swimming. This park is located in Florida on the western shore of Lake Seminole just north of Sneads.

Other accommodations in Georgia include hotels and motels, marinas, cottages, and inns in Donalson and in Bainbridge and at many points between the two towns. Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Seminole reaches into Decatur and Seminole Counties in Georgia, and into Jackson and Gadsden Counties in Florida. In Georgia, Donalson and Bainbridge both sit on the lake, providing all the amenities that any visitor might want. The closest regional airport is in Tallahassee, Florida, located about 50 miles from the dam site. If you want a larger, international airport, Panama City Beach offers one about two hours from Jim Woodruff Dam. Donalson also maintains a municipal airport.

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