Lake Burton, Georgia

With  2,800 acres and sixty-two miles of shoreline, Lake Burton is an excellent destination for water sports like boating, wakeboarding, tubing, water skiing and fishing. You can rent a boat or enjoy from the shore. Canoes, kayaks and paddle boards are available at some locations.

Lake Burton, located in Rabun County in northern Georgia, is the northernmost in a series of five lakes which comprise the Tallulah River Watershed. One of the first lakes in the United States to be created for power generation in 1920, the lake gets its name from the town of Burton, which is now below the lake’s surface. The Lake Burton Fish Hatchery is administered by Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Trout are raised here for stocking in the streams and lakes of north Georgia. There’s also a family fishing pond that is open daily. Located near the hatchery on the western side of the lake, Moccasin Creek State Park sits where Moccasin Creek comes into Lake Burton. The park has 54 campsites on 32 acres with a picnic shelter, boat dock and ramp and a wheelchair accessible fishing pier. There are hiking trails along with seasonal canoe rentals. And don’t miss Hemlock Falls with two pretty cascades falling into the creek. Timpson Cove Park, operated by Georgia Power, offers convenient access from US Highway 76 to a beach and swimming area with picnic tables and restrooms. Another small park also operated by Georgia Power is Jones Bridge Park located on the northern edge of the lake. There is no lake access here but instead gorgeous views of the lake.

The Lake Burton Civic Association sponsors an annual July 4th Lake Burton fireworks display from Billy Goat Island. Another annual event is the Lake Burton Fun Run begun in 1984 and now grown to an 800 participant limit.

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