Lake Walton, Georgia, USA

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USA - South - Georgia - Historic Heartland -

Tucked away in Georgia’s Historic Heartland Region, Lake Walton typifies the kind of understated elegance that Georgia does so well. A relatively new lake, with lovely upscale homes in gated communities, Lake Walton is located in Walton County about 40 miles east of Atlanta and 30 miles southwest of Athens. As such, Lake Walton has become a desirable location for a suburban home. Its central location makes Lake Walton a pleasant commute from both cities and is located less than 10 miles from the City of Monroe. As Atlanta has become a prime location for its inviting business climate, higher-end housing growth has spread to such locales as Lake Walton. Here growing families can settle into a comfortable and safe neighborhood with all of the amenities.

Created by damming Little Flat Creek, Lake Walton is still growing and still filling its future banks. Currently at about 300 acres, Lake Walton will eventually stretch south from US 138 nearly to Monroe-Jersey Road near Alcovy Mountain, a distance of about two miles. Already the irregular shoreline shows promise as an excellent paddle-sport area, with extensive natural areas protected along the lakefront. Private docks for lakefront property owners are allowed in some areas. Still quite shallow, Lake Walton is expected to deepen as the reservoir fills with water. In anticipation, the lake is stocked with largemouth bass, bluegill, bream and catfish. Swimming is not advised at this point and boating strictly limited. Currently, only self-propelled boats and small electric motors are allowed. No gasoline motors will be allowed to protect water quality, but one can expect excellent sailing and pontooning on the long narrow lake once the water level rises. There is no public access to the lake.

The Lake Walton community offers plenty of activities until the lake fills completely: tennis courts, basketball courts, swimming pool, and clubhouses. A marina with boat slips, boat ramps, and fishing piers are planned for residents and their guests. Nature trails are being developed, and two golf courses are within five miles. The nearby city of Monroe offers daily shopping, services, dining, movie theaters and entertainment. Monroe holds well-preserved pre-Civil War architecture such as the Davis-Edwards House and the William Harris Homestead. Thirty miles up the road, Athens is the home of the University of Georgia with all of the arts and cultural activities that accompany a university town. The restored Victorian-era downtown hosts historic architecture and impressive gardens as the setting for art galleries, night clubs, specialty shops and elegant dining. Only in Athens can the dedicated Dawgs fan purchase deeded tailgate space for Bulldog home games.

South of Lake Walton, Covington offers a wealth of historic places to visit, such as Gaither’s Plantation and Old Church. Covington and Newton County may have a familiar feel to the first-time visitor as many movies and television series have been filmed here. “In the Heat of the Night” was filmed in the Newton County area for seven years, making the Newton County Courthouse one of the most recognized in the United States. “The Dukes of Hazard” filmed its first five episodes in Newton County; fans still gather annually in Covington to show off their General Lees and tour location sites. Covington has two public golf courses and three reservoirs that are open for fishing, swimming and boating; Jackson Lake also allows waterskiing. The Charlie Elliot Wildlife Center below Mansfield has over four miles of soft-surface nature trails, and others are located around the county.

Stone Mountain State Park is less than 30 miles from Lake Walton. The state-owned theme park offers a variety of activities, experiences and history lessons. Camping and other lodgings are available with activities occurring year round. In winter, there is even snow skiing.

The city of Atlanta holds a wealth of activities and destinations for the active couple or family. Less than an hour from Lake Walton, Coca-Cola aficionados will love the World of Coca-Cola. Here they can tour the bottling plant and explore a historic collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia from the company’s history. Children and adults alike will enjoy the Georgia Aquarium and Zoo Atlanta. The High Museum of Art provides exhibitions of art, collections representing many genres and lectures to enlighten and provoke thought. Atlanta is close enough that Lake Walton residents will be tempted to spend the spare afternoon shopping in the many malls or attending concerts, sporting events and festivals. Atlanta is noted for its fine dining and wide range of nightlife choices; Lake Walton makes it so easy and convenient to indulge.

Opportunities for overnight lodging can be found in the nearby towns of Monroe and Covington. Camping is located nearby near Monroe, Covington and at Hard Labor Creek State Park near Social Circle. Many inns and bed-and-breakfast establishments in the area make Newton and Walton Counties a great place to plan a week-end get-away. Real estate is available at Lake Walton with lake frontage and lake views. Come and explore the Lake Walton area. You may find it just the ticket for your future family home.

Things to do at Lake Walton

  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming Pool
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • State Park
  • Museum
  • Movie Theater
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Lake Walton

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Catfish
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Sunfish

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Private Dam

    Surface Area: 300 acres

    Shoreline Length: 5 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 702 feet

    Average Depth: 2 feet

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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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    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.

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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.

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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.

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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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    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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    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.

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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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