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Boaters visit Carters Lake to enjoy its solitude and scenic beauty. Whether you’re in a powerboat, sailboat, or paddling along the shoreline in a canoe, Carters Lake offers everyone an enjoyable boating experience. We provide jet ski rental and boat rental services here if you’re in need of one.

Carters Lake has seven public boat ramps for easy access. Boat ramps are located at Damsite, Doll Mountain, Woodring Branch and Ridgeway. The reregulation pool also has a boat launch located near the powerhouse off old Hwy 411. Lake Map All boaters launching outside a developed campground are required to pay a $4 day use fee or purchase an annual day use pass. No fee is required to launch at the reregulation pool ramp.

Carters Lake is classified as one of Georgia’s great lakes. It is one of the biggest lakes in the state of Georgia. This lake is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in both Gilmer and Murray County. It was named after Farrish Carter who lived in the 1800’s. It has a surface area of 3,200 acres and has 62 miles of shoreline. This lake is a man made lake with no private docks or houses along its natural shore. This lake is feed by the Coosawattee River that runs between Ellijay and Chatsworth. Carters Lake’s dam was completed in 1977. Since then, it has been used to act as a watershed to control annual flooding and generate power.

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