West Point Lake, Alabama & Georgia, USA

Welcome to the ultimate guide for history, statistics, local fun facts and the best things to do at West Point Lake.

If you’re considering West Point Lake vacation rentals, we’ve made it super easy to explore accommodations and nearby hotels using the interactive map below. Simply click on a listing to compare similar properties, best rates and availability for your dates. Or keep scrolling to read our West Point Lake guide!

West Point Lake visitor and community guide

West Point Lake, located on the Alabama-Georgia border just north of I-85, stretches 35 miles along the Chattahoochee River. The 25,900-acre reservoir with 525 miles of shoreline is a popular recreational hot spot. Recreational activities on West Point Lake include fishing, camping, boating, swimming, water skiing, and more.

Authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1962, West Point Lake was constructed by impounding the Chattahoochee River. Construction of West Point Dam began in 1965 as a project of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Completed in 1975, West Point Lake and Dam provides flood control, hydroelectric power, navigation, fish and wildlife management, and recreation. Lake levels for West Point Lake fluctuate between the summer pool of 635 feet to the winter pool of 625 feet.

Fishing is one of the most popular activities on West Point Lake. There is an abundance of bass, catfish, crappie, and bream. To maintain a higher predator population, West Point Lake is managed under a special regulation for largemouth bass. Anglers should check with Georgia Wildlife Resources Division for more information.

Fish at West Point Lake become active when water is released through the dam during hydropower generation creating a current. Although fish can be caught anytime, the best time to fish is when the turbines are running.

A wildlife management area of nearly 10,000 acres is located at the upper end of West Point Lake. This area is open to the public for hunting and viewing wildlife. A Georgia Wildlife Management Area stamp must be acquired in order to hunt on West Point Lake. Hunting is permitted in specific Corps-managed area. White-tailed deer, wild turkey, waterfowl, rabbit, and quail are some of the game that have made their home on the land surrounding West Point Lake.

Besides fishing and hunting, visitors can find a number of things to do at West Point Lake. Surrounded by mixed pine and hardwood forest and rolling fields, 27 parks and recreation areas and seven campgrounds offer a variety of recreation facilities including tennis courts, baseball fields, basketball courts, fishing piers, picnic shelters, and swimming beaches. Check with the West Point Lake Recreation guide to see what each area offers.

West Point Lake visitors may also enjoy nearby attractions like Callaway Gardens Appalachian Mount Preserve, F.D. Roosevelt State Park, FKR’s Little White House, and Pine Mountain Wild Animal Park.

Callaway Gardens is an award-winning, 14,000-acre garden, resort and preserve nestled in Pine Mountain that features gardens, miles of nature trials, golf and tennis courts, and biking trails. The FD Roosevelt State Park is a 9000-acre park where visitors can enjoy camping, cottages, trails, swimming, hiking, and horseback riding.

Escape from the city for a while to enjoy the refreshing waters of West Point Lake. Take time to relax by the beach or cast in your line to catch a trophy size fish.

Custom West Point Lake house decor

Read our full review of these personalized lake house signs.

Things to do at West Point Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Water Skiing
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Camping
  • Campground
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park

Fish species found at West Point Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass

Best hotels and vacation rentals at West Point Lake

The West Point Lake map shown above is a simple and stress-free way to search for trip accommodations. But if you want to take a deeper dive to find the ideal waterfront home, cabin, condo, hotel or resort, visit our favorite lodging partners by clicking the buttons below.

Note: These are affiliate links so we may earn a small commission if you book through them. While there is no extra cost to you, it helps provide resources to keep our site running (thank you)! You can read our full disclosure policy here.

West Point Lake photo gallery

New photos coming soon!

West Point Lake statistics & helpful links

divider

Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Surface Area: 25,900 acres

Shoreline Length: 525 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 635 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 620 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 641 feet

Maximum Depth: 70 feet

Water Volume: 604,527 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1975

Drainage Area: 3,400 sq. miles

We strive to keep the information on LakeLubbers as accurate as possible. However, if you’ve found something in this article that needs updating, we’d certainly love to hear from you! Please fill out our Content Correction form.

Advertise your West Point Lake vacation rental

LakeLubbers will soon offer homeowners and property managers the opportunity to to showcase their vacation rentals to the thousands of lake lovers searching our site daily for accommodations. If you’d like additional details, please contact our advertising team here.

divider

Looking for the West Point Lake forum?

LakeLubbers previously offered visitors the ability to create accounts and participate in lake forums. When we overhauled the site’s content management system in 2021 we had to disable those features. We’re evaluating options and welcome your comments and feedback here.

We also encourage you to join our lake-lovin’ community on Facebook and Instagram!

Spread the word! Share our West Point Lake article with your fellow Lake Lubbers!