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Lake Carters, Carters Lake Georgia

Carters Lake is Located at the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains and formed from the bed of the Coosawattee River between Ellijay and Carters, Georgia.

Carters Dam is one of the few "reverse" dams in the US. The water flows down pipes inside the mountain to generate power all day. At night, the generators are reversed and act like huge pumps to send the water back up to the lake to be used the next day.

Carters Lake was completed by the US Army, Corps of Engineers, in 1975, and is operated by the Mobile District of the Corps. Because it is included under Title 36, Chapter III, Code of Federal Regulations, no permits will be issued for boat docks, removal of vegetation, or shoreline alteration of any kind.
This regulation is the authority by which the Corps of Engineers controls developments of shoreline on its projects nationwide. It provides that private, exclusive use of lakeshore will not be permitted at new lakes or on lakes where private facilities or uses existed as of the date of the regulation (December 1974).

The United States Government owns a minimum of 300 feet from the water’s edge at all locations on the lake and an average of 100 feet on the re-regulation pool. Trees marked with red paint indicate the property line. This land is for general public use, and adjacent landowners have no special privileges.
The lake is a watershed, designed to help control the annual flooding of the Etowah River Valley. The secondary purpose of the lake is power generation. In the center of the lake, the main channel is a thin strip with long fingers running deep into the mountains making this an excellent place to go canoeing.

Carters Lake is a 3,000+ acre lake offers recreational opportunities for fishermen, hunters, campers, boatmen, bikers, and hikers. Long before the creation of Carters Lake, this portion of the Coosawattee was known as one of the best whitewater rapids in the eastern United States.

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