Lake Oconee is owned and operated by the GA Power Company and was formed as a source to generate hydroelectricity. It was formed in 1979 with the completion of Wallace Dam, impounding the waters of the Oconee and Apalachee Rivers. Upon its completion in 1980, GA Power reserved 1400 acres for wildlife habitats, fish plots & recreational areas.
The water level of Lake Oconee stays relatively stable, varying only 12-18” per day as the water is pumped into Lake Sinclair. At night, the turbines reverse and pump water back into Lake Oconee. The use of hydroelectric power aids the environment as the water is a clean, renewable resource.
Lake Oconee is the 2nd largest lake in Georgia with nearly 19,000 acres of water and 374 miles of shoreline. I-20 bisects Lake Oconee giving it easy access to Atlanta, 1.5 hours to the west, and Augusta, 1.5 hours to the east. Macon, to the south, and Athens (home of the University of Georgia), to the north, are only 45 minutes from Lake Oconee.
Lake Oconee is home to some of the most renowned residential golf courses in America. Combined, our lakefront, gated communities offer 153 holes of golf designed by the best-of-the-best, such as: Jack Nicklaus, Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw, Jim Engh, Rees Jones, Bob Cupp, Tom Fazio, Tom Weiskopf, and Jay Morrish. In addition to the Golf Academys at Reynolds Plantation and Cuscowilla, we’re also fortunate to have The Kingdom, which is a cutting-edge TaylorMade custom club-fitting facility.
There is tremendous fishing on Lake Oconee with 355 lbs. of fish per acre. As a young impound, it is still peaking in number. Lake Oconee boasts a variety of fish, including: largemouth, white, stripped and hybrid bass. You’ll also find black crappie, bream and channel catfish plentiful in Lake Oconee.
To help keep our beloved Lake Oconee waters clean, GA Power has placed restrictions on boats with living quarters or heads. In addition, GA Power controls of an environment strip around Lake Oconee up to the 435.5 contour line to ensure the lake maintains its natural beauty and to minimize pollution.
Oconee or “Okoni” is a Creek Indian word which means “the great waters.”