Lake Blue Ridge | Blue Ridge, Georgia
Located in northwest Georgia, Lake Blue Ridge is one of three Tennessee Valley Authority-operated lakes in the state. In the Tennessee River watershed, it is formed by the north-flowing Toccoa River and Blue Ridge Dam and extends 11 miles southeast from the dam. Below (that is north of) the dam, the river flows northeast into Tennessee where it’s called the Ocoee River.
Blue Ridge Reservoir is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest of north Georgia. There’s a scenic overlook above the dam and a shaded picnic area near the powerhouse. The canoe and kayak launch site below the dam gives non-motorized boaters access to the Toccoa River.
The river is noted among fishermen for its sunfish, trout, and bass. When water is released from the Blue Ridge Dam to generate electricity, the river becomes a class I-II float through the Georgia hills. Besides providing power and recreational opportunities, Blue Ridge also helps control flooding.