Lake Jackson, Georgia, USA

Also known as:  Jackson Lake

Welcome to the ultimate guide to Lake Jackson — things to do, where to stay, fun facts, history, stats and more. Let’s dive in!

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All About Lake Jackson

Lake Jackson’s 4,750 surface acres are ideally located some 44 miles southeast of Atlanta, Georgia for a pleasant weekend or longer of fishing and boating. It is one of the oldest reservoirs in Georgia and has served as a wonderful recreational outdoor destination for Atlanta residents and visitors alike. Lake Jackson is an irregularly shaped water body with 135 miles of mostly rural shoreline, and provides a wealth of secluded coves and inlets for great fishing or relaxing in your boat. Homes line the shoreline of this residential lake.

Jackson Lake was formed by the impoundment of the Alcovy, South, and Yellow Rivers and Tussahaw Creek. Central Georgia Power Company built Lloyd Shoals Dam to form Lake Jackson and began generating hydroelectric power in 1911. Today, there are six turbines in the powerhouse, and with modern improvements they have the capacity to generte 21,000 kilowatts. Georgia Power Company acquired the plant in 1928, and in 1978 Lloyd Shoals became part of the Central Georgia Hydro Group. The concrete masonry Dam is 100 feet high and spans 1070 feet.

The recreational uses of Lake Jackson are fishing, boating and water sports. With six marinas and three Georgia Power public areas, boat ramp access to Jackson Lake is assured. Swimming is quite popular as is water skiing and other towed water sports in the main portion of Lake Jackson. There are a few camping facilities, but Lake Jackson is truly a fishing utopia (both from a bank or a boat). Sport fish include Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Spotted Bass, Hybrid Striper, Black Crappie, White Crappie, Bluegill, Redear Sunfish, Redbreast Sunfish, Channel Catfish, White Catfish, and Bullhead Catfish. Georgia requires a fishing license. Georgia Power lowers water levels 3.5 feet between December and March for shoreline maintenance, except during periods of extended drought.

Along with bird watching and relaxing in your boat in a secluded cove, for you geocachers, there are over 25 caches within a few miles. So, get on out to Lake Jackson and enjoy the outdoor life.

Things to Do at Lake Jackson

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Birding

Fish Species Found at Lake Jackson

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Bullhead Catfish
  • Catfish
  • Channel Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Redbreast Sunfish
  • Redear Sunfish (Shellcracker)
  • Spotted Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Sunfish
  • White Catfish
  • White Crappie

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Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Jackson Vacation

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  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
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  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
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  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.

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