Damsite Day Use Area Shelter

Ellijay, Georgia

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Overview

Damsite Day Use Area is located on Carters Lake in the North Georgia Mountains about 70 miles north of Atlanta. The sparkling waters and rugged shoreline provide a beautiful surrounding for a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities including camping, hiking, boating, mountain biking, fishing, hunting and picnicking.

Recreation

Boaters visit Carters Lake to enjoy its solitude and scenic beauty. Whether in a powerboat or sailboat on the open water or paddling along the shoreline in a canoe, Carters Lake offers enjoyable boating experiences for everyone. Fishing is a popular activity on the lake. Major species include bass (largemouth, smallmouth, hybrid, striped and spotted) crappie, walleye, bream and catfish.

Facilities

Damsite Day Use Area provides boaters with a launch ramp with three lanes and courtesy dock. The area also provides ample picnic sites and restrooms. Shelter (CL-10) seating capacity is 30 people maximum and parking capacity of 15 vehicles.

Natural Features

Carters Lake embraces a spectacular tract of foothills scenery in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. It covers 3,200 surface acres and has 62 miles of undeveloped shoreline.

Nearby Attractions

The City of Ellijay is about 30 minutes away, offering restaurants, grocery stores and fuel, along with other amenities.

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