Chatuge Lake is a Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) reservoir that was completed in 1942 by impounding the Hiwassee River in Clay County, North Carolina. The resulting 7,000-acre lake straddles the North Carolina-Georgia state line, providing water recreation for boaters and anglers. The dam is located about 121 miles from of the mouth of the Hiwassee River where it meets the Tennessee River.
Chatuge Lake is surrounded by the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina and by the Chattahoochee National Forest in Georgia. Despite this seeming isolation, real estate and lodging availability abounds north and south at the closest towns of Hayesville, NC and Hiawassee, GA. Numerous coves and fingers in this lake provide over 132 miles of shoreline filled with camping and water recreation spots.
Best bets today for fishing in the lake include largemouth, spotted, and white bass and bluegill. Crappie are available, but not prolific. Channel catfish and carp will bite just about anything you might drop in the water at this lake.
Anglers in boats on the lake and its tributaries are covered if they have either a GA or NC fishing license and are not anchored to the shore or to a pier or boat dock. Shoreline fishing or wading must be accompanied by licenses from the shores from which you are fishing, and anglers must follow all the regulations from that particular state. Senior and youth licenses exemptions are honored by both states on the lake.
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Boat ramps are available both at the reservoir and below the dam. Ramps are available at the following locations in North Carolina, including marinas:
Chatuge Lake has two marinas in North Carolina and two marinas in Georgia. The marinas offer pontoon boat, jet ski, kayak, and paddle boat rentals, and they also offer accommodations and food.
Lodging is readily available along the shore and throughout the parks and in the two towns close to Chatuge Lake. You have choices of campgrounds, RV parks, and cottages spotted along the shorelines. You also can find resorts, cabins, condos, and hotels in Hiawassee, GA, and in Hayesville, NC.
Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.
Chatuge Lake is located in Towns County, Georgia, and in Clay County, North Carolina. The lake also is located in the middle of a box created by Interstates 75 (North Carolina and Georgia), 85 (Georgia and South Carolina), and 26 (South and North Carolina), which effectively puts this lake in proximity to four major cities in four states, including Atlanta, Georgia; Greenville, South Carolina; Knoxville, Tennessee; and Asheville, North Carolina. The two closest towns to the lake are Hayesville to the north and Hiawassee to the south.
The closest large town is Ashville at 104 miles. Ashville has a regional airport, whereas Atlanta and Knoxville have larger airport facilities. Both of those towns are located over two hours' drive from the lake.
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