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Description - Allatoona Lake is one of the most frequently visited U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in the nation. Located only 30 miles from Atlanta, more than 6 million visitors each year enjoy picnicking, camping, hunting, fishing, swimming and other water sports, and observing the abundant wildlife along the shores of this beautiful lake. The visitor center features video exhibits and displays about the area's history, ranging from the time of early Indians to the gold mining and iron making days, from Civil War up to the present.

Attractions - Allatoona Lake, located on the Etowah River, a tributary of the Coosa River, about 30 miles north of Atlanta, covers an area of 12,010 acres with a depth of 145 feet. Allatoona Lake is one of the most frequently visited U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in the nation. The Visitor Center features video exhibits and displays about the area's history, ranging from the time of early Indians to the gold mining and iron making days, from the Civil War up to the present.

Recreation - Recommended activities include boating, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, picnicking, and swimming. There is a visitor center and interpretive programs are available. Water sports and wildlife viewing are also popular.

Climate - The climate in northern Georgia is generally temperate. Short, cool winters give relief from hot summers.

Location - Allatoona Lake is located on the Etowah River, a tributary of the Coosa River, about 30 miles north of Atlanta. From Atlanta, 45 miles north on I-75 to Exit 290, east on GA 20, south on GA 20 Spur to the dam and visitor center.


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Filed By: daniel shepherd
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Just off I-75 at the Emerson Allatoona Rd. exit turn west and fallow the signs. The allatoona battle field offers wonderful walking and historical information. just acroos from the trail head is the clayton house that was used as a hospital during the civil war. While offering not only a place for a good walk, the area has wonderful fishing and nice friendly people. If you get hungery try Doug's Place in emerson, about 2 miles from the interstate. The best part, in my opinion, on a hot summers day is to stand awhile in the deep cut, where the air is allways cooler.


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Allatoona Lake, P.O. Box 487 , CARTERSVILLE, GA, 30120-0487, Phone: 770-382-4700

Additional Information:
Georgia's Lakes and Reservoirs - Georgia's Lakes and Reservoirs range from huge reservoirs covering several thousand acres, to small lakes tucked away in the Georgia countryside.
Highlands Region - This area comprises the northern quarter of the state. Gainesville is the major city within this region. The terrain in this area is lush and mountainous.
Piedmont Region - This area is located in the north-central part of the state and is bisected by I-20, which passes through Atlanta and on to Augusta.

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