Affectionately dubbed “Lake Superior”, Lake Burton has become a premier vacation paradise. Boating, wakeboarding and jet skiing take on new proportions as you take in the scenic vistas of the surrounding mountains. If you don’t have your own, we provide jet ski and boat rentals on the lake. It was named for Jeremiah Burton, a popular area citizen who would occasionally serve as bailiff in the local superior court and served in other civic positions.
With the completion of the dam at the east end of the lake in 1913, more than 2700 acres of lake were created. In the rugged North Georgia Mountains of Rabun and Burton Counties, Lake Burton has coves galore. Each is more breathtaking than the last, with peaks jutting high above the water. The Tallulah River was dammed and the town of Burton flooded when the lake was completed. Today the lake serves as a reservoir, controlling the flow of water to Lake Seed below it.
Lake Burton was one of the first lakes in the United States created specifically for power generation. At 2,775 acres, Lake Burton is the largest of Georgia Power’s North Georgia lakes. Lake Burton, with 62 miles of shoreline is formed by a concrete gravity dam. The spillway is equipped with eight gates 22 ft. wide by 6.6 ft high. The dam was completed in 1919. Total capacity at elevation 1,866.6 ft. is 108,000 acre-ft, of which 106,000 acre-ft is usable storage.
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