Surrounded by small mountains and ridges are the crystal blue waters of Lake Nottely. Also seen from the Nottely Dam overlook located along Nottely Dam Road, is a spectacular southern view along the horizon of the ancient Blue Ridge Mountain Range. A TVA plaques tells the story of these man-made lakes.
The lake is located in the central northwest region of Union County. The lake’s most southern point begins along the outer western edge of Blairsville and ends at the dam along the northern end above the Nottely River and powerhouse.
The lake is 20-miles long with 106-miles of shoreline, and has 4,180-acres of water surface at normal capacity. The dam was built in 1941 and is under the control of Tennessee Valley Authority. A large portion of the lake is bordered by the Chattahoochee National Forest, where as the shorelines are also populated with vacation homes and full time residences. The lake is ideal for watercraft recreation, swimming and fishing. Lake Nottely was constructed as a reservoir-utility lake for flood control and power generation. Campgrounds are also available along the shoreline including the popular Poteete Creek Park and Campground.
The Nottely River, local creeks, and streams, provide the majority of the waters feeding Lake Nottely. The lake was also constructed with numerous channels, which are ideal for quiet fishing holes, that anglers enjoy so much. The lake’s watercraft recreation access is supported by two privately operated marinas, and several boat launches. Lake Nottely is stocked by the state of Georgia and noted for its excellent fishing opportunities. Lake fish consist of black and striped bass, walleye, rainbow trout, bass and more.