West Point Lake is a man-made reservoir impounded by the West Point Dam on the Chattahoochee River. Construction of the dam was authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1962 for flood control, hydroelectric power, navigation, fish and wildlife development and general recreation.
The lake is surrounded by deep forests and rolling fields extending 35 miles along the Chattahoochee River on the Alabama-Georgia state line. In total, the lake has approximately 525 miles of shoreline.
West Point Lake features a wide variety of recreation activities including fishing, camping, boating and other recreational activities. Fishing is probably the most popular activity on West Point Lake with a dozen creeks and more than 40 square miles of lake to choose from. Each year, thousands of anglers from across the southeast visit the lake to fish for bass, catfish, crappie and bream. Bank fishing is excellent at many locations, including public fishing piers at Hardley Creek Park, Rocky Point Park, and McGee Bridge Park. All of the piers provide access for persons with disabilities. Preteens and visitors with disabilities can also fish in a pond at Hardley Creek Park.
The West Point Lake Dam controls flooding of the river by managing seasonal variations in water flow. The project provides water storage for navigation on the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint Waterway, running 260 river miles from Apalachicola, Florida to Columbus, Georgia. The powerhouse's three generators produce enough power annually to serve 24,000 homes.