Georgia's Lake Country - Lake Oconee & Lake Sinclair

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Lake Oconee Georgia Power Campgrounds

Lake Oconee was formed by Georgia Power in 1979. The lake features 374 miles of shoreline. Along the shores, Georgia Power has developed three 85-acre parks. These parks have beaches, day-use areas, and camping facilities. The company also has provided three public boat ramps. Camping facilities boast campsites with water and electrical hookups, picnic table & grill, comfort stations with hot showers, washers/dryers, soft drink machines, ice and pay telephones, R/V dump stations, camper & boat storage, trails to beach and gatehouse, boat docks for campers' use only, and playground equipment. Beach and picnic areas boast white sand beaches with marked swimming areas, beach houses with restrooms, dressing rooms and soft drink machines, pavilions with barbecue pits, picnic tables and nearby restrooms, picnic tables and grills and playgrounds.

(888) GPC-LAKE/ (888) 472-5253

Old Salem Park
(706) 467-2850 
1530 Old Salem Rd.

Parks Ferry
(706) 453-4308
1491 Parks Mill Rd.

Lawrence Shoals Park

123 Wallace Dam Rd.


Hard Labor Creek State Park

Georgia’s 2nd largest state park has 20 furnished and equipped cabins, complete with full kitchens, cable television, central heat and air, fireplaces, and all towels and linens. These truly have all the amenities of home nestled in the quietude of nature complete with great views. You also have the option to camp, with 51 campsites in the recently-upgraded standard campground. A separate 12-site campground is available in the equestrian area with 40 stalls for boarding horses. Park amenities include 24-hr attendant, 18 holes golf, boat ramp, nature trails, boat rentals, dump station. Groceries available. Recreation includes swimming, fishing. Senior discounts available.


Camp Sites near Lake Sinclair

Georgia Power Parks
Lake Sinclair also is among Georgia's most popular boating areas. Georgia Power provides two boat ramps for public access to water recreation. A favorite area for fishermen at all skill levels, Lake Sinclair is the site of national fishing tournaments as well as smaller local ones. Visitors find fall and winter fishing at Lake Sinclair a special treat. Georgia Power also provides an outstanding tailrace fishing area below the dam near Milledgeville.
Rocky Creek Park
Located on the southeast side of the lake in Baldwin County near Sinclair Dam, this park provides popular day-use access to Lake Sinclair. Facilities at the park include a pavilion with restrooms and vending machines, picnic tables, grills, fishing pier, swimming beach, playground, and a boat ramp. There are no camping areas available at this facility. This park is open to the public each year from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Cheek Recreation Area
This access area is located directly across from Plant Branch on Highway 441. It is designed for bank fishermen with facilities including a large fishing pier, shoreline enhanced with fish attracting structures, and a parking lot.
Cosby's Landing
Cosby's Landing is another access area that is ideal for fishermen. Located in a quiet cove on the Island Creek branch of Lake Sinclair, this park has facilities including a boat ramp, fishing pier, and parking lot. Cosby's Landing is easily accessible from Carrs Station Road on the southeastern portion of the lake.

Sinclair and Wallace Tailraces
Below the Wallace and Sinclair Dams are popular fishing areas. The Sinclair tailrace area is immediately downstream of the Sinclair Dam and Powerhouse and has a fishing platform with handicap access and safety railing. This area is accessible from Sinclair Dam Road on the west side of the river. On the northern stretches of Lake Sinclair where the Oconee River flows from the Wallace Dam, is the Oconee Tailrace. This fishing pier and recreation area is easily accessible from Georgia Highway 16 in Putnam County.

Little River Park, Milledgeville, 478-452-1605
Scenic Mountain, Milledgeville, 478-453-8683

Oconee Springs Park, Eatonton, 475-452-1605 located on the north shore of Lake Sinclair, Oconee Springs  has a boat ramp, marina and store, cabins available for rent, camping, a beach and a rentable pavilion for day-use.

Lake Sinclair Campground (Putnam Beach) Eatonton, (706) 485-7110 open mid-April through mid-December, bath and shower facilities available, boat ramp, lake beach, swimming and a playground.


Camping Checklist

The average human, no matter how much he/she tries, can never remember everything, especially under pressure. Don't be caught off guard, use a time-proven accurate checklist to ensure you packed everything for your weekend getaway.

Fire Pits

When making a fire pit, try to dig it in a keyhole or figure 8 shape. Make your fire in the large circle and when your fire has been going for a while scoop out some coals and put them in the smaller circle. Place a grill over the small hole and the heat coming off the coals will usually be more than enough to cook food on.


Saturate 3-4 cotton balls in Vaseline and put them in a 35mm film canister. They will stay dry and when you arrive at your campsite, simply pull a small amount up into a wick shape and light it. They will burn for about 15 minutes and maintain a 3-4 inch flame. At that rate, even damp wood is bound to burn!

This hint is definitely not recommended for use in tents or enclosed areas! But they are fairly wind proof so don't worry.