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Information about Lake Sinclair

Located in the central region of Georgia, Lake Sinclair was created in 1953. With approximately 417 miles of scenic shoreline, winding coves and inlets as well as several vast stretches of open water, Lake Sinclair has plenty to offer for your recreation and boating pleasure. The lake is made up of a 15,330-acre area of water and provides both electricity and recreation.

Lake Sinclair also is among Georgia's most popular boating areas.
Lake Sinclair is largely used by lake residents and people who live and house their boats, watercraft and RVs on the lake - thus access is as easy as lowering their watercraft into the water. For day or weekend visitors, Georgia Power provides two public boat ramps for public access to water recreation. There are also marinas and boat storage areas located on the lake.

There are other areas of access to the lake including Oconee Springs Park and several "secret" public access areas. Lake Sinclair is the site of several fishing tournaments - both local and national - and attracts fisherpersons of various skill levels and interest. Visitors find fall and winter fishing at Lake Sinclair a special treat due to the mild climate and activity. There is also a popular fishing area below the dam near Milledgeville.

Several recreation areas, such as Oconee Springs Park and Rocky Creek Park, provide day-use facilities that include picnic tables, grills, boat ramp and a small beach. There is camping and even cabin rentals provided at Oconee Springs Park, but not Rocky Creek Park.

HIGHLIGHTS   Information about Lake Sinclair


Located on the Oconee River, Lake Sinclair stretches through the following counties: Baldwin, Hancock and Putnam.


Lake Sinclair was created in 1953 when the waters of the Oconee river were dammed to create a 45,000 kilowatt hydroelectric generating station. Development of this lake as a recreational area began through a planned cooperative program. Participants included the Oconee Area Planning and Development Commission, the U.S. Forest Service, The Georgia Game and Fish Commission, Georgia Power Company and several independent businesses.


Lake Sinclair is fed by several creeks and rivers, including Beaver Dam, Crooked, Rooty, Sandy Run, Shoulder Bone, Potato, Island, Rocky, Nancy Branch, and Reedy Branch. The lake covers over 15,000 surface acres and has more than 400 miles of shoreline with a maximum depth of 90 feet.

In 1979 Lake Oconee was created with the completion of Wallace Dam, which is a "pump back" reservoir for Lake Sinclair. What this means is that the water is pumped from Lake Sinclair into Lake Oconee, it's dam-sharing lake. It is them released through Wallace Dam back into Lake Sinclair - thus generating electricity. It's quite fascinating to newcomers and you can tell which stage of the operation the process is in by watching the current on Lake Sinclair. Either stop your watercraft and watch the shoreline, or if you are on shore, fix your eye on a watercraft or object in the lake. It will move in either direction depending on the stage of pumping/dam operation.


The dams are approximately 105 feet high and 3,000 feet long


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