Carters Lake (Blue Ridge Mountains) facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCarters Lake
|Location||Blue Ridge Mountains
Gilmer & Murray counties, Georgia
|Type||natural lake, reservoir|
|Primary inflows||Coosawattee River|
|Basin countries||United States|
|Surface area||3,200 acres (13 km2)|
|Average depth||200 ft (61 m)|
|Max. depth||450 ft (140 m)|
|Water volume||383,600 acre⋅ft (0.4732 km3)|
|Shore length1||62 mi (100 km)|
|Surface elevation||1,074 ft (327 m)|
|1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.|
While the reservoir is on the Coosawattee River, it empties directly into the Regulation Reservoir (another reservoir on the river). The reservoir was named after Farrish Carter who lived in the 19th century. It has a surface area of 3,200 acres (13 km2) and has 62 miles (100 km) of shoreline. Carters Lake has an average depth of 200 feet (61 m) and a maximum depth of 450 feet (140 m).
Carters Lake, owned by the US Army Corps of Engineers, is a man-made lake without private docks or houses along its shore. This lake is fed by the Coosawattee River that runs between Ellijay and Chatsworth, and was formed by Carters Dam, the tallest earthen dam east of the Mississippi, which was completed in 1977. Since then, it has been used to act as a watershed to control annual flooding and generate power. Carters Lake is also used for various forms of outdoor recreation such as fishing, water skiing, hiking, camping, and mountain biking.
The lake served as inspiration for the wild river that was tamed by a dam in the novel and film Deliverance by James Dickey.
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