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About Lake Allatoona
Located just 40 minutes north of downtown Atlanta, Lake Allatoona is one of North Georgia's best kept secrets. Millions of people travel to the Lake each year to take advantage of its 12,000 acres and 270 miles of shorelines. Come up for a weekend and rent a cabin overlooking the lake. Just don't tell too many people because you wouldn't want to let the cat out of the bag. After visiting Lake Allatoona, you'll want to keep this place all to yourself. Lake Allatoona was authorized by the Flood Control Acts of 1941 and 1946. The lake whose official name is Allatoona Lake, was created by placing a dam across the Etowah River. Sadly, the town of Allatoona was wiped out when the lake was created. While construction was authorized in August of 1941, WWII delayed the project so work on the dam didn't begin until 1946. Once the work began, the dam was finished rather quickly. The lake began to fill just after Christmas in 1949, the power plant began operation on January 31, 1950, and by May of 1950, the lake was full. The total cost of the Allatoona Dam project for construction, land and relocation was $31,500,000 in 1950 which is roughly $300 million in today’s dollars. Maybe that's a small price to pay for water recreation and fishing as well as flood control, hydroelectric power generation, water supply and water quality.
Things to do in Lake Allatoona
Boat rentals are available at Holiday Harbor Marina and Park Marina. Park Marina also has jet ski rentals to get your adrenaline rush on the water. Allatoona Lake also has several Yacht Clubs, like the Two Daze Pleasure Yacht Club located at Holiday Harbor Marina and Harbor Town Yacht Club located in Harbor Town Marina. For a little history lesson, check out one of the many museums in the area: Bartow History Museum, Boot Western Art Museum, and Cherokee County History Museum.
Day trips from Lake Allatoona
The Etowah Indian Mounds Historic Site is located in Cartersville, a little over half an hour west of Lake Allatoona. This impressive 54-acre site was home to several thousand Native Americans between 1000 A.D. and 1550 A.D. and includes six earthen mounds, a plaza, village area, borrow pits and defensive pits. About 10% of the site has been excavated. You'll learn about the lives of the former inhabitants and their intriguing culture. To get to a place a little more civilized, head northwest to Nashville, known as Music City for its live music available 24/7, 365 days a year. Find any kind of music from honky-told at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge to up and coming songwriters at the Bluebird Cafe to country music legends rocking the Grand Ole Opry. Don't forget about Nashville's art galleries, fashion scene, historic landmarks and top rated restaurants.
Lake Allatoona accommodations
There are a large number of campgrounds around Lake Allatoona meaning that there's a wide range of camping services available for you and your family. In addition to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineer campgrounds there is Georgia's Red Top Mountain State Park, one of Georgia's premier parks. There are also facilities for overnight stays at Allatoona Landing and Holiday Harbor marinas. All the campground located along the shores of Lake Allatoona offer camping, a boat launch, grills and picnic tables, hookups for RVs, water, bathrooms and showers, an RV dump station, and laundry facilities.
Transportation in Lake Allatoona
If you're coming from Atlanta, head north on I-75 for only 35 minutes. Georgia's winding roads will grant you access to most of the 270 miles of shoreline, but because it's a Corps of Engineers lake, you will find much of the shoreline undisturbed. What a perfect way to see all of the different types of wildlife. You could also take nearly a tour of the entire lake simply by sailing amongst all eight of the Lake's marinas.