Lake Sovereign, Georgia, USA

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Lake Sovereign, in Georgia’s Historic High Country Region , is more than a lake; it’s a way of life. Thirty-eight-acre Lake Sovereign is the centerpiece of a lovely upscale community only 45 minutes north of Atlanta. The community is one of several off famed Sixes Road outside of Holly Springs, Georgia in high demand among Atlanta professionals. Known for excellent schools and varied recreational venues, Lake Sovereign is a respected address for the growing and successful family. The developers of Lake Sovereign have done their utmost to assure that residents at the lake enjoy serene water vistas across immaculate lawns and landscapes. Created by damming Blankets Creek, the lovely pond is stocked with fish and maintained by crews experienced in lake maintenance. The families that live at Lake Sovereign find it is truly a place to call home.

The history of Cherokee County rightly belongs to the Cherokee Nation. Although Native Americans in the area had been relieved of their land in 1802, the Cherokee stayed until forcibly removed in 1838 along the infamous “Trail of Tears.” A permanent county seat and courthouse were chosen in 1833 and named Etowah. The name was changed in 1834 to Canton, because a group of citizens had dreams of making the town into an important silk center. Silk creation was unsuccessful, but Canton did become famous for Canton Denim fabric made in it’s mills. Less than 10 miles south of Canton is located today’s Lake Sovereign. The Etowah River was dammed to create Lake Allatoona Reservoir a few miles west and south of Lake Sovereign. When Blankets Creek leaves Lake Sovereign, it joins a large branch of the reservoir two miles to the south.

Lake Sovereign is private, open only to property owners and their guests. The small lake is surrounded by several wetland areas crossed by boardwalks. Ideal for paddle-sports, canoes, kayaks and peddle-boats are encouraged. Boat length is limited to 16 feet and no gas motors are allowed. Lakefront owners are allowed the use of strategically-located communal docks around the lake. Swimming is not allowed in the lake. The community provides a clubhouse, pool, tennis courts and a picnic-barbecue area. The Lake Sovereign Home Owners Association plans activities for children and around holidays, including Halloween Parties, family barbecue, fishing derby, wine-tasting and community events. The homeowners association also arranges for lake studies and improvement such as needed dredging, fish surveys and water quality studies.

The lake contains sport fish such as bluegill, crappie, catfish, carp, redbreast, shellcracker and largemouth bass. In an effort to increase the size of the largemouth bass in Lake Sovereign, recent lake advisories to residents have requested catch-and-release of all fish except crappies. The advice seems to be working as residents are seeing larger bass with the reduction in competition from crappies.The lake committees keep all residents aware and up-to-date on issues involving local wildlife and wetland plants and advise on garden and lawn care to protect water quality.

Residents at Lake Sovereign find themselves conveniently located for shopping and services: Holly Springs is less than three miles to the east and offers necessity shopping, groceries, hardware and home supplies. For larger shopping choices, theaters and cultural events, Woodstock, at 6 miles and Canton at 10 miles are convenient, with a small-town ambiance. Canton even showcases a renovated Art Deco theater which produces plays on a regular basis. The Cherokee Arts Center provides classes, children’s arts camps and an annual festival that attracts many visitors. Canton’s Parks Department facilities offer ball fields, basketball court, playground, picnic areas, soccer field, hand ball/racquet ball courts and hiking trails. Nightlife, museums, art galleries and upscale shopping are al available in Atlanta forty miles to the south and Chattanooga, 100 miles north. And with ten golf courses available in Cherokee County, access to the greens is never a problem.

The Lake Sovereign area is located in the Blue Ridge foothills area surrounding the Etowah River and Allatoona Reservoir. The reservoir is well-known as a water recreation site with many trails for walking, mountain biking, horseback riding and nature viewing. Cherokee County maintains a park on Lake Allatoona with picnic shelter, boat ramp and restrooms. There is a marina on the same northeast branch of Lake Allatoona where big-boat aficionados can dock their boat convenient to home. Known for striper and hybrid bass fishing, guide service is available in the area for those who want an inside track on where the fish are biting. The Blankets Creek Bike Trail begins just south of Sixes Road and travels nearly 14 miles through a 358 acre parcel that borders Lake Allatoona.

One needn’t go far from Lake Sovereign to enjoy a fishing or camping trip along Lake Allatoona. The Army Corps of Engineers and the State of Georgia have teamed up to provide facilities for nearly every user. There are 15 day use areas that are maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and located on Lake Allatoona and the Etowah River. Red Top Mountain State Park provide camping, swimming, boating and fishing. Boats can be rented from the park marina. twelve miles of hiking trails, including a Civil War Interpretation Trail are located in the park. Eleven other parks on Lake Allatoona are managed by state, counties or cities.

Vacation rentals on Lake Sovereign are difficult to find. Occasionally, a home will be available for short-term rental. Vacation lodgings in the surrounding area are more plentiful: the scenic foothills area is a popular spot for bed-and-breakfast facilities and weekly rentals near Lake Allatoona can often be found. Real estate in the Lake Sovereign area is sometimes available and other housing developments in the area are expanding. The entire area is the perfect spot for those employed in the Atlanta area to indulge in country lake living without giving up any of the benefits of the nearby metropolitan area. Come to lovely little Lake Sovereign and see what you’ve been missing. It wont be missing from your life much longer!

Things to do at Lake Sovereign

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • State Park
  • Museum
  • Playground
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Lake Sovereign

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Redear Sunfish (Shellcracker)
  • Sunfish

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Lake Sovereign Home Owners Association

    Surface Area: 38 acres

    Shoreline Length: 2 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 884 feet

    Maximum Depth: 21 feet

    Lake Area-Population: 1,998

    Trophic State: Eutrophic

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    Trophic State | LakeLubbers

    Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

    An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

    A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

    A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

    The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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    Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

    Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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    Completion Year | LakeLubbers

    This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

    The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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    Water Volume | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

    1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

    The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

    Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

    Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

    At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

    Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

    When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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    Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

    This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

    A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

    When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

    The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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    Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

    This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

    Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

    "Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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    Lake Type | LakeLubbers

    There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

    - A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

    - A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

    - A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

    "Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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