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Nottely Lake

If you want to learn more about this lake, you can search for it under various names -- Lake Nottely, Nottely Lake, or Nottely Reservoir. This reservoir is a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) project located in Union County, Georgia. TVA created this lake in 1942 by impounding the Nottely River. Built originally for flood control, this lake provides visitors with ample opportunities for water recreation. Approximately 70 percent of the surrounding shoreline is undeveloped and under U.S. Forest Service jurisdiction in the Chattahoochee National Forest.


A wide assortment of fish populate this lake, including largemouth, spotted, hybrid, and striped bass, crappie, bream, catfish, and carp. Unlike many north Georgia lakes, Nottely is a fertile reservoir with low fishing pressure, making it one of the best bass fishing lakes in the region. Largemouth bass make up about 70 percent of the black bass species in this lake, and this lake also is one of only three Georgia reservoirs to nurture bronzebacks.


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    Nottely Lake Georgia Coordinates:
34.9278N -84.0748W
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Lake Type:
Surface Area:
4,180 acres
Maximum Depth:
100+ ft
1,762 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
Major City:
Chattanooga, TN
Chattanooga, TN


Boaters, anglers, and water skiers can gain access to Lake Nottely through two marinas and several public boat ramps located along the lake's shorelines. Poteete Creek Park provides the only campground on the lake, and it offers a white sand beach, swimming, 59-site campground, and boat ramps. Unfortunately, because Nottely Lake is gradually drawn down by 30-40 feet in late summer, access to this lake can become difficult.


Poteete Creek Recreation Area offers the only on-lake campsites from April through October. Other camping is available throughout Union County, including cabins. Visitors can find hotels, B&Bs, and resorts in Blairsville and throughout Union County.

With its proximity to the Chattahoochee National Forest, Cohutta National Forest, and other wildlife management areas, Nottely Lake visitors can enjoy a wide variety of camping experiences beyond the lake. The closest state park is Vogel State Park, located just 11 miles south from Blairsville. This is a popular park, situated at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest. You can find tent and RV camp sites, cottages, and a group shelter here. The park maintains a 22-acre lake that welcomes non-motorized boats. Check our resources for dates, as the park is open during winter months.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Nottely is located entirely within Union County, Georgia. Since this lake is surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest, few towns are located near this lake. Blairsville, also located in Union County, is the closest town. Chattanooga, Tennessee, is the closest large city within a two-hour drive from the lake, and is accessible by several routes from the lake to I-75 in Tennessee. Atlanta is about ten miles further from the lake than Chattanooga, if you'd prefer to use that route.

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