Lake Wildwood, Georgia, USA

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USA - South - Georgia - Historic Heartland -

For more than 35 years the waters of Lake Wildwood have been the center of life in the oldest private gated community in Bibb County, Georgia. This family-friendly community of over 1,700 homes and 5,000 residents is only 10 minutes northwest of Macon near the center of the state. With Atlanta only 70 miles northwest of Lake Wildwood, this gated community has access to all the amenities of the city while enjoying the beauty and attractions of lakeside living.

The large neighborhood of Lake Wildwood is managed by a Board of Directors operating under the constitution of the Lake Wildwood Association. With many amenities provided for lakeside residents, the board is busy overseeing a 22,000 square-foot clubhouse, Olympic-sized swimming pool, 18-hole miniature golf course, playgrounds, tennis courts and basketball courts.

Lake Wildwood is a dammed reservoir fed by Colaparchee/Calaparchee Creek and Rocky Creek. Access to Lake Wildwood’s waterways is limited to residents in good standing and their guests. At the south end of Lake Wildwood a white-sand swimming beach provides cool refreshing breaks on a hot summer day. The beach is available to residents and guests with proper identification. Because there are no lifeguards on duty, no one is permitted to swim alone and anyone under age 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Resident identification and boat decals are required of anyone launching a craft into Lake Wildwood. Boats are limited to a maximum engine size of 60 horsepower and maximum length of 21 feet for pontoon boats and 18 feet for all other boats. No wake zones have a maximum speed limit of 10 mph. Designated ski areas have a speed limit of 35 mph.

The waters of Lake Wildwood weave in and out of “fingers” and coves lining the lake’s six-mile shoreline. Despite heavy development, the small quiet coves provide a perfect setting for canoeing and kayaking. Lake Wildwood’s 186 acres are an open invitation to water skiers and fishermen. Trot lines are not permitted anywhere on Lake Wildwood. Only single fishing lines are to be used in pursuit of the lake’s bass, carp, brim and shad.

Whether residents are on, in or around Lake Wildwood a sense of community prevails. Lake Wildwood’s event calendar is always full. Neighbors volunteer with neighbors to organize events such as the community’s New Year’s Eve party, Super Bowl party, Easter egg hunt, July 4th beach bash, splish splash summer reading program, Halloween haunted house, turkey shoot and Christmas on the Lake.

Lake Wildwoods’ residents longing for a more “wild wood” experience need only drive five miles southwest to Lake Tobesofkee Recreation Area. Lake Tobesofkee contains three parks managed by Bibb County. Arrowhead Park offers a small swimming beach and playground perfect for the young ones. Campground amenities include electricity, water, dumps stations, boat ramps, bath facilities, laundry, grills and picnic tables. For family gatherings large or small, Claystone Park offers picnic pavilions (including a large climate controlled pavilion available for rent), restrooms, large sandy beaches and children’s playgrounds. Boasting the “largest and finest beaches outside the actual coast itself,” Sandy Beach Park sets the scene for summer fun. Picnic pavilions, restrooms, playgrounds, tennis courts and softball fields add to the attractions. Unlike Lake Wildwood there are no motor restrictions for boats on Lake Tobesofkee’s 1,750 acres where the bass, crappie, bream and catfish are waiting. For Georgia’s fish consumption guidelines see the link below.

Lake Wildwood’s serious anglers may wish to make a 10-mile drive north to Lake Juliette, also known as Rum Creek. This 3,600-acre reservoir is owned by Georgia Power and has two parks open to the public. Lake Juliette is strictly a quiet fishing lake holding largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie, bream and yellow perch. No boats with motors over 25 horsepower are permitted. At the northeast end of the lake, Dames Ferry Park provides a campground with water, electricity, picnic tables, grills and the all important boat launch. At the northwest end of the lake, Holly Grove Park provides picnic tables, boat ramp and dock perfectly suited for an afternoon on the lake.

When residents of Lake Wildwood look for a change of pace they have the advantage of living within minutes of Macon, a modern city rich with history. Ancient temple and funeral mounds built by the Creek Indians and their ancestors can still be seen at Ocmulgee National Monument, east of Macon. Tours of Macon’s historic districts include antebellum homes and Civil War sites. Four colleges and universities lead Macon into a promising future with enrollments exceeding 50,000 students. With a metropolitan area population exceeding 230,000, Lake Wildwood residents have access to over 300 restaurants and 50 shopping centers, entertainment options include Macon’s Symphony Orchestra, Macon Little Theatre, multiple art galleries and museums. Whether you live in Lake Wildwood or choose a vacation rental around the city, Macon’s southern hospitality will have you returning again and again.

Reflective of Georgia’s Historic Heartland Tourism Region, Lake Wildwood is not new. The neighborhood has history, a sense of community and knows the importance of family. To be a part of a long-established community on a beautiful lake in sunny mid-Georgia is to be a part of something special. With over 1,700 homes in Lake Wildwood, real estate properties are readily available for sale and rent. Come join the fun; your neighbors are ready to welcome you home to Lake Wildwood.

Things to do at Lake Wildwood GA

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Swimming Pool
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hunting
  • Birding
  • Museum
  • Playground
  • Miniature Golf
  • Shopping

Fish species found at Lake Wildwood GA

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Carp
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Shad
  • Striped Bass
  • Yellow Perch

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    Lake Wildwood GA Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Lake Wildwood Association

    Surface Area: 186 acres

    Shoreline Length: 6 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 397 feet

    Lake Area-Population: 5,000

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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.

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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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