75 miles east of Atlanta, Lake Oconee was developed in 1980 by the Georgia Power Company to harness hydroelectric power from the water passing through the Wallace Dam. The lake covers 19,000 acres, and goes deep into the untouched and preserved Oconee National Forest. Easily accessible from I-20, Lake Oconee sits directly between the towns of Madison, Eatonton, and Greensboro, GA.
The lake’s shoreline stretches 375 miles and has many inlets and fingers which provide perfect natural harbors and secluded sites. At its southern end, Lake Oconee meets Lake Sinclair, and the two lakes form one continuous stretch of water. The strip of water connecting the two lakes, however, is no wider than a large river.
Lake Oconee real estate offers many opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Many families enjoy taking a pontoon boat out for afternoon meanderings through the different coves, while water skiers and wake boarders enjoy performing elaborate tricks on the more open sections of water. From jet skis to kayaks, Lake Oconee offers wonderful boating opportunities for everyone.
Golf courses are abundant in Lake Oconee, and there are a variety of challenging and award-winning courses in the area. Cuscowilla is an area favorite, located in Eatonton, as well as Harbor Club and Reynolds Lake Oconee nearby. Golf communities and resorts are plentiful along the gorgeous shores of Lake Oconee.
The long shorelines also attract many fisherman, who make their way to the secluded coves and inlets for a few peaceful hours of fishing. The lake provides some of the best fishing throughout Georgia, the Carolinas, and beyond, with every acre containing an average 350 pounds of fish. The area around the lake, which includes Oconee National Forest, has more than 1,500 acres of wildlife preserves and recreational areas.
Lake Oconee is the second largest lake in Georgia, and Lake Oconee homes are popular not only with locals and nearby Atlanta residents, but also with out-of-state visitors. The lake also boasts environmentally safe waters due to the prohibition on overnight boats or boats with waste systems.