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Lake Oconee is a 19,000-acre reservoir controlled by Wallace Dam and Georgia Power. It is used to generate hydroelectric power. Lake Oconee is the second largest lake in Georgia and has fueld the development of this area of the state since it was completed in 1980.


Greene, Putnam, and Morgan Counties border Lake Oconee, and each has experienced an increase of residents and businesses since the lake was formed.

Lake Oconee was formed by the Oconee and Apalachee Rivers. Since neither of the rivers passes through an industrial-based city Lake Oconee is deemed environmentally safe, Georgia Power sees to this in part through its' ownership of an environmental border surrounding the lake in which no building of any kind is allowed, Boating is welcome on Lake Oconee, but no boats with heads or enclosed cabins are allowed.

If you like to fish, Lake Oconee is considered one of the best fishing lakes in the Southeast with more than 300 pounds of fish per acre.

As far as parks are concerned, Georgia Power operates two 85-acre recreational areas in Greene County, Parks Ferry and Old Salem, and there is also a 1500-acre wildlife preserve and a 50+ acre fish plot.

Finally unlike many area lakes, Lake Oconee's lake level remains constant along its close to 400 miles of shoreline, making boating and water skiing a pleasure!