Beautiful Lake in the Heart of the Mountains

Lake Nottely (also called Nottely Reservoir) is one of many reservoirs of the Tennessee Valley Authority. Located entirely within Union County, the lake was formed in 1942 by the damming of the Nottely River. Today, Lake Nottely extends 20 miles (30 km) upstream to the town of Blairsville.

With 106 miles of shoreline, 4,180-acre Lake Nottely provides opportunities for boating, swimming, fishing, picnicking and camping. Public access is via two marinas and several public boat ramps. Also, Poteete Creek Park & Campground is a 95-acre facility located on the shores of Lake Nottely. Campers and day visitors alike can enjoy fishing, picnicking and swimming at the sandy beach area. Alternately, visitors to nearby Meeks Park can paddle kayaks and canoes via the Nottely River and into the lake.

For landlubbers, there’s Nottely Reservoir Trail, an easy 1.7-mile trail on the banks of Lake Nottely that’s perfect for hiking and biking. The trail can be accessed from two parking lots about ½ mile from Nottely Dam.


Nottely Dam is located about 2 miles west of US 11/129 via GA 325 (Nottely Dam Road) in Blairsville. Poteete Creek Campground is another 2½ miles down 325.

Union County Government

Accessible year-round, though water levels are drawn down fall-spring.
Check local marinas for boat access.


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