Carters Lake

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Carters Lake
Carters Lake.jpg
LocationBlue Ridge Mountains, Gilmer / Murray counties, Georgia, US
Coordinates34°36′26″N 84°38′00″W / 34.6072°N 84.6332°W / 34.6072; -84.6332Coordinates: 34°36′26″N 84°38′00″W / 34.6072°N 84.6332°W / 34.6072; -84.6332
Typenatural lake, reservoir
Primary inflowsCoosawattee River
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area3,200 acres (13 km2)
Average depth200 ft (61 m)
Max. depth450 ft (140 m)
Shore length162 mi (100 km)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Carters Lake, the deepest of Georgia's reservoir lakes, is located in the Blue Ridge Mountains in both Gilmer and Murray County. It was named after Farrish Carter who lived in the 19th century. It has a surface area of 3,200 acres (13 km2) and has 62 miles (100 km) of shoreline. Carters Lake has an average depth of 200 feet (61 m) and a maximum depth of 450 feet (140 m).[1]

Carters Lake, owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers, is a man-made lake without private docks or houses along its shore.[1] This lake is fed by the Coosawattee River that runs between Ellijay and Chatsworth, and was formed by Carters Dam, the tallest earthen dam east of the Mississippi, which was completed in 1977. Since then, it has been used to act as a watershed to control annual flooding and generate power.[2] Carters Lake is also used for various forms of outdoor recreation such as fishing, water skiing, hiking, camping, and mountain biking.[2]

The lake served as inspiration for the wild river that was tamed by a dam in the novel and film Deliverance by James Dickey.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Mobile District > Missions > Civil Works > Recreation > Carters Lake". Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  2. ^ a b "Carters Lake -". Retrieved 2018-03-26.
  3. ^ Roper, Daniel M. "The Story of the Coosawattee River Gorge". North Georgia Journal (Summer 1995). Archived from the original on 2010-12-22.