About Lake Blue Ridge
The 3,290-acre lake and surrounding area boast over 90 national forest campsites, several boat ramps, a full-service marina and public swimming and picnic areas. 80 percent of the shoreline on Lake Blue Ridge is in the Chattahoochee National Forest, managed by the USDA Forest Service. Forest service recreation areas include the Lake Blue Ridge Campground, off Aska Road in Blue Ridge, which has 58 campsites, a picnic area, boat ramp and loop trail along the lake shore. Morganton Point Campground, in Morganton, features a public swimming area, along with 43 campsites, picnic tables and pavilion and a boat ramp. Another boat ramp is available at Lakewood Landing near Morganton. The Lake Blue Ridge Marina offers boat ramp access on a fee basis, along with pontoon rentals. The lake is home to bass, bream, catfish, perch and crappie, which make the area popular with anglers. It is the only lake south of the Great Lakes where Walleye are caught, and is also known for white bass fishing. (Source: Fannin County Chamber of Commerce)
Land Ownership / Management around Lake
Lake Blue Ridge is 11 miles long and has approximately 65 miles of shoreline, 25 percent of which is developed. TVA owns approximately 16 miles of shoreline, including the Blue Ridge Dam Reservation. The remainder is managed by the US Forest Services or is privately owned. TVA also owns various landrights, including the right to flood up to elevation 1700. For information on using TVA shoreline property or public land, or to get involved in TVA stewardship activities, contact a TVA Watershed Team manager. 221 Old Ranger Rd., MLO 1A-MRN Murphy, NC 28906 828-837-7395 (Source: www.tva.gov" www.tva.gov )
National Forest Areas
The Chattahoochee National Forest covers 749,689 acres in north Georgia, managed by six ranger districts. Over 40 percent of the land in Fannin County is national forest land (106,000 acres). 40,006 acres are located in the Cohutta Ranger District and 66,097 in the Toccoa Ranger District. The forest began when the forest service purchased 31,000 acres in Fannin, Lumpkin and Union Counties from the Gennett family in 1911 for $7 per acre.
Helpful Links to Resources in North Georgia Lake levels: http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ffc/html/rrm.php
Points of Interest on Lake Blue Ridge: Morganton Point
Hiking, walking and backpacking trails of Georgia: Georgia Trails
Mountain Biking: North GA Adventures
Canoeing in North Georgia: Georgia River Directory Georgia kayaking rafting canoeing Georgia
Fishing in North Georgia: Georgia Getaway.com
About North Georiga: Gives info about the Blue Ridge area.