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Carters-Lake is one of the "Great Lakes of Georgia," located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It's situated in both Gilmer and Murray County in the northern part of the state. Carters Lake is one of the biggest lakes in the state of Georgia, and the deepest of the Great Lakes. It's fed by the Coosawattee River and was completed in 1977. The lake is used as a watershed to control flooding and also to generate power. Carters Lake has a surface area of more than 3,200 acres with more than 60 miles of shoreline. Although one of the largest lakes in the state, Carters Lake is actually one of the smallest of the Great Lakes, but is quite deep at 450 feet, which makes it a great fishing lake. There are several parks located around the beautiful, rugged shoreline for picnicking and camping. Carters Lake also offers a wide variety of other outdoor activities, such as boating, water-skiing, mountain biking, hiking, hunting, and birdwatching. There are no homes or private docks around the lake, which makes it a quiet, peaceful respite for visitors. The area is also filled with a wide variety of flora and fauna and the landscape varies from gently rolling hills to stunning mountain vistas. Be sure and bring your camera - you'll have lots of opportunities for picture taking at Carters Lake.

Surrounding areas: Ellijay, Georgia (11.2 mi), Jasper, Georgia (16.0 mi), Calhoun, Georgia (18.6 mi), Cherry Log, Georgia (18.9 mi), Big Canoe, Georgia (23.1 mi), Amicalola Falls, Georgia (23.2 mi), Blue Ridge, Georgia (25.5 mi)

Carters Lake Vacation Rentals

Carters Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Stratford Motor Inn79 Maddox CirEllijay, GA10.8 mi.(706) 276-1080
Chief Vann Motel ChatsworthHwy 411 SouthChatsworth, GA12.7 mi.(706) 695-2911
Key West Inn Chatsworth501 Maddox PkwyChatsworth, GA12.7 mi.(706) 517-1155
Scottish Inn1279 Hwy 411 SChatsworth, GA12.7 mi.(706) 695-6894
Microtel Inn And Suites171 H Mullins CtJasper, GA16.0 mi.(706) 299-5500
Super 8100 WhitefieldJasper, GA16.0 mi.(706) 253-3297
Econo Lodge1438 US 41 NCalhoun, GA16.7 mi.(706) 625-5421
Country Inn & Suites Calhoun1033 Fairmount HwyCalhoun, GA17.6 mi.(706) 625-6500
Ramada LTD1204 Red Bud RdCalhoun, GA18.0 mi.(706) 629-9207
Hampton Inn Calhoun115 Hampton Dr SeCalhoun, GA18.2 mi.(706) 629-0999
Holiday Inn125 Hampton Dr SeCalhoun, GA18.2 mi.(706) 629-8566
Best Western Calhoun2261 Hwy 41 NeCalhoun, GA18.6 mi.(706) 629-4521
Comfort Inn Calhoun742 Hwy 53 SECalhoun, GA18.6 mi.(706) 629-8271
Days Inn Calhoun1220 Redbud RdCalhoun, GA18.6 mi.(706) 629-0091
Holiday Inn CalhounI-75 Red Bud RdCalhoun, GA18.6 mi.(706) 629-9191
Jameson Inn Calhoun189 Jameson St SeCalhoun, GA18.6 mi.(706) 629-8133
Quaility Inn Calhoun915 Hwy 53 East SeCalhoun, GA18.6 mi.(706) 629-9501
Ramada Limited Calhoun1204 Redbud Rd NeCalhoun, GA18.6 mi.(706) 629-9207
Comfort Inn & Suites905 Westbridge RdDalton, GA21.3 mi.(706) 259-2583
Country Inn & Suites903 Westbridge RdDalton, GA21.3 mi.(706) 278-9700
Super 82107 Chattanooga RoaDalton, GA21.3 mi.(706) 226-9579
Comfort Inn Adairsville107 Princeton BlvdAdairsville, GA22.0 mi.(770) 773-2886
Hampton Inn Dalton1000 Market StDalton, GA22.4 mi.(706) 226-4333
Travelodge911 Market StDalton, GA22.4 mi.(706) 235-0804
Ramada Inn & Suites795 Holiday DrDalton, GA22.6 mi.(706) 217-6200
Holiday Inn Dalton515 Holiday DrDalton, GA22.7 mi.(706) 278-0500
Country Hearth Inn2007 Chattanooga RdDalton, GA22.8 mi.(888) 294-6498
Jameson Inn422 Holiday DrDalton, GA22.8 mi.(800) 526-3766
Marriott Courtyard411 Holiday DrDalton, GA22.8 mi.(706) 275-7215
Wingate Inn309 Holiday AveDalton, GA22.8 mi.(706) 272-9099
Best Western Inn Dalton2106 Chattanooga RdDalton, GA23.0 mi.(706) 226-5022
Country Hearth Inn100 Georgia N CirAdairsville, GA23.2 mi.(770) 773-3900
Quality Inn-Dalton875 College DrDalton, GA23.2 mi.(706) 278-0500
Motel 6 Dalton2200 Chattanooga RdDalton, GA24.0 mi.(706) 278-5522
Howard Johnson2208 Chattanooga RdDalton, GA24.1 mi.(706) 226-4545
Comfort Inn & Suites83 Blue Rdg OverlookBlue Ridge, GA25.5 mi.(706) 946-3333
Douglas Inn & Suites1192 Windy RDG RdBlue Ridge, GA25.5 mi.(706) 258-3600
Ramada Ltd-blue Ridge30 Overview DrBlue Ridge, GA25.5 mi.(706) 632-4444
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites713 Transit AveCanton, GA26.4 mi.(770) 479-7300
Days Inn Canton291 Ball Ground RdCanton, GA26.6 mi.(770) 479-0301

Carters Lake Weather & Climate

Northern Georgia, like most of the state, is classified as having a humid subtropical climate. The Chattahoochee River divides the state into separate climatic regions with the mountains to the north being colder than the rest of Georgia. The average temperature for northern Georgia in winter is 39 degrees F. There is little snowfall in the state, although northern and central Georgia receives more than other areas. Many mid-summer days exceed 90 degrees F., with humidity. Rainfall is widespread and September and October are the driest months. Severe weather in the form of tornadoes and cyclones are possible in northern Georgia, but not common.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 47°F 29°F 5.83 in. -
February 52°F 31°F 5.05 in. -
March 60°F 39°F 6.22 in. -
April 68°F 45°F 4.50 in. -
May 76°F 53°F 4.71 in. -
June 82°F 61°F 4.09 in. -
July 85°F 65°F 4.46 in. -
August 84°F 64°F 3.85 in. -
September 79°F 58°F 3.87 in. -
October 69°F 47°F 3.28 in. -
November 59°F 39°F 4.65 in. -
December 50°F 32°F 4.71 in. -

Carters Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Richard B Russell airport (RMG) located about 34 miles southwest of Carters Lake in Rome, Georgia, Lovell Field (CHA) located approximately 42 miles northwest of Carters Lake in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Dekalb Peachtree airport (PDK) located roughly 54 miles south of Carters Lake in Atlanta, Georgia, Gwinnett County Briscoe Field (LZU) located around 58 miles southeast of Carters Lake in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and finally the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International airport (ATL) located about 68 miles south of Carters Lake in Atlanta, Georgia.

Carters Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Lake WinnepesaukahRossvilleGA44.3 mi.
American AdventuresMariettaGA45.8 mi.
Six Flags Over GeorgiaAustellGA55.1 mi.
Lakewood FairgroundsAtlantaGA61.4 mi.
Stone Mountain ParkStone MountainGA61.8 mi.
Water Parks
White Water ParkMariettaGA45.8 mi.
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA46.2 mi.
Golf Courses
Whitepath Golf ClubEllijayGA11.2 mi.
Indian Trace Golf CourseChatsworthGA12.4 mi.
Spring Lakes Golf ClubChatsworthGA12.4 mi.
Arrowhead Country ClubJasperGA17.4 mi.
Greene County Country ClubUnion PointGA18.5 mi.
Calhoun Elks Golf CourseCalhounGA18.7 mi.
Fields Ferry Golf ClubCalhounGA18.7 mi.
Indian Ridge Golf ClubAdairsvilleGA23.5 mi.
Tunnel Hill Golf ClubTunnel HillGA27.2 mi.
Bridge Mill Athletic ClubCantonGA27.8 mi.
Woodmont Golf & Country ClubCantonGA27.8 mi.
Green Valley Golf CourseJakinGA28.1 mi.
Nob North Golf CourseCohuttaGA29.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC80.6 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC107.9 mi.
State Parks
Fort Mountain State ParkGA10.6 mi. 
Amicalola Falls State ParkGA23.6 mi. 
Red Top Mountain State ParkGA32.6 mi. 
George Washington Carver State ParkGA33.2 mi. 
Martha Berry MuseumRomeGA38.1 mi.(History)
Kennesaw Civil War MuseumKennesawGA40.6 mi.(History)
National Knife MuseumChattanoogaTN48.0 mi.(Technology)
Tennessee Valley Railroad MuseumChattanoogaTN48.0 mi.(Technology)
Chattanooga Regional History MuseumChattanoogaTN48.0 mi.(History)
Zoos and Aquariums
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN48.0 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN48.0 mi.
Zoo AtlantaAtlantaGA61.4 mi.
Knoxville Zoological GardensKnoxvilleTN102.0 mi.

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