A Local Guide to the Fascinating North Georgia Lakes

North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains feature everything you need for the ultimate outdoor getaway. From rolling vineyards and winding trails to expansive valleys and towering peaks, our landscape is the perfect mix of rugged and relaxing. No matter what time of year you visit, you’ll find your perfect adventure here. If you’re planning a spring or summer trip to this stunning region, we recommend exploring some of the best lakes in Georgia! The area’s picturesque lakes give visitors the chance to unwind on the water with a multitude of activities. Whether you like boating, skiing, tubing, wakeboarding, or just relaxing by the shore, these North Georgia lakes will be perfect for your getaway!  

North Georgia Lakes You Need to Visit  

Lake Rabun 

This small and twisty North Georgia lake is a scenic, ten-minute drive away from Glen-Ella Springs Inn. In fact, it’s the closest lake to the inn! Each 4th of July, Lake Rabun hosts an annual wooden boat parade and jaw-dropping fireworks show over the lake. Aside from fun North Georgia events and festivals, Lake Rabun’s shoreline is dotted with campgrounds, gorgeous vacation homes, and overlooks.  

Local tip: Discover a hidden Lake Rabun secret at Minnehaha Falls, just minutes away from Glen-Ella Springs Inn! 

Lake Burton 

Lake Burton is about 45 minutes away from Glen-Ella Springs Inn and stretches for a total of 2,800 acres. This lake is a popular spot for water sports like boating, tubing, water skiing, wakeboarding, and fishing. Most people either rent a boat or take their own, but kayaking, paddleboarding, and canoeing are also available.  

Black Rock Lake 

Tucked away in the beloved Black Rock Mountain State Park in Rabun County, GA, Black Rock Lake is a small, 17-acre body of water that can be used for fishing.  There are also several walking trails surrounding it to provide stunning mountain views. The park also features waterfalls, streams, picnic areas, wildflowers, and much more. 

Lake Chatuge 

Found in Hiawassee, Georgia, Lake Chatuge is a favorite spot in North Georgia for many reasons.  Not only is this spacious lake a wonderful place for boating, swimming, skiing, and fishing, but it is also surrounded by 132 miles of shoreline to enjoy. With an abundance of gorgeous scenery, this is one of the best places in the state to have a fun-filled day on the water! 

Lake Lanier 

Lake Lanier, like many of the state’s lakes, is a reservoir. It was created when Buford Dam was completed on the Chattahoochee River, and it also receives water from the Chestatee River. Named after poet Sidney Lanier, the lake is popular among jet skiers and boaters during the summer.  There are several marinas on the lake and the Lake Lanier Islands waterpark, and sandy beaches provide excellent recreational areas for groups of all sizes. If you watched the Summer Olympics in 1996, then you might recognize Lake Lanier from the rowing and sprint canoeing events. 

Lake Allatoona 

Another beautiful lake in our state, Lake Allatoona, is owned and operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It serves many purposes including flood control, power generation, water supply, fish and wildlife management, and of course, recreation! 

How to Spend a Day at a North Georgia Lake 


Whether you prefer to soak up the sun on the deck, take some friends tubing, or cast a line over the side, our lakes are perfect places to enjoy a boat day. See what vessels are available at Lake Rabun boat rentals or bring your own for an unforgettable lake adventure! 


For many, fishing in North Georgia isn’t just a pastime—it’s a way of life! If you prefer fly fishing, we highly recommend doing so in one of the aforementioned lakes. Simply rent some equipment (or bring your own) and look forward to a fruitful day of angling! Try your hand at reeling in some trout, bass, walleye, or bluegill. 

Kayaking and Paddleboarding 

While you may not be able to experience the thrill of whitewater rafting on a lake, you can still kayak or paddleboard! These relaxing activities lend themselves perfectly to the still, serene lake waters. You’ll love paddling your way around and taking in the magnificent mountain scenery. Plus, you’ll get a built-in arm workout! 

Experience Comfort Like Never Before at Glen-Ella Springs 

king room interior image threeMake sure to stay in the best possible lodging while you’re enjoying the many local attractions!  Treat yourself to the finest accommodations around to complete your trip to the South by staying with us at Glen-Ella Springs, a charming bed and breakfast tucked away in Clarkesville, Georgia. We provide each and every one of our guests with comfortable rooms, excellent amenities, and warm hospitality.  Explore the many attractions in the region, or simply spend time relaxing in our peaceful environment; you can admire stunning views of our beautiful state from your bedroom window! 

If you’re ready to experience the refreshing bliss of the North Georgia Mountains, check our availability and book your stay!