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Allatoona Lake

Situated on the Etowah River just 30 miles from Atlanta, Ga., the serene and peaceful surroundings of Allatoona Lake offer a respite from the rush of city living.  In fact, Allatoona Lake is one of the most frequently visited Corps of Engineers lakes in the nation with nearly 7 million visitors each year.

Allatoona is the oldest multipurpose project in the South Atlantic Division (SAD). It was authorized under the Flood Control Acts (FCAs) of August 18, 1941, and December 22, 1944, for the purposes of flood control and hydro-electric generation. The FCA of 1944 also authorized construction of recreation facilities.  Impoundment of the project began in December 1949 and was in full operation by January 1950. The total cost of the Allatoona project for construction, land, clearing and relocation was $31.5 million.  Allatoona was authorized for flood control, hydroelectric power generation, water supply and water quality, recreation and fish and wildlife management. The Allatoona project has a 1,110 square mile drainage area. This is the first impoundment for water as it flows from the Blue Ridge Mountain region, and additional water for the project depends on rainfall.  Responsible stewardship of the lake and surrounding 25,000 acres of public lands is the highest priority for the staff at Allatoona.

As one of the most frequently visited U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lakes in the nation, Allatoona provides recreation opportunities for over 6 million visitors annually. The Corps of Engineers in conjunction with other public and private organizations work together to provide a wide spectrum of quality recreation opportunities that inject nearly $250 million into the regional economy each year. As metro Atlanta moves northwest, this usage is certain to increase. The Corps of Engineers has 589 campsites on the lake along with 188 picnic sites. Additional facilities are found in nine city and county parks, one state park and eight commercial marinas.  Allatoona Lake has 270 miles of shoreline on which 978 Shoreline Use permits have been issued.

Allatoona Dam impounds run-off water from 1,110 square miles into the Lake. For an unequalled view of the dam, we recommend a visit to the Operations Project Management Office and Visitor Center which is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM except on Federal holidays.  The Visitor Center features video exhibits and displays about the area's history, ranging from the time of early Indians - to the gold mining and iron making days - to the present.


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Allatoona Lake Project Office

1138 GA Highway 20 Spur
Cartersville, GA 30121

(678) 721-6700