SOURCE: Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce

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April 13, 2010 06:00 ET

Gilmer County Chamber of Commerce: Carters Lake Offers a Unique Georgia Travel Getaway

Undeveloped Shoreline a Step Back in Time

GILMER COUNTY, GA--(Marketwire - April 13, 2010) -  The hustle and bustle of Atlanta will soon head north to Lake Sidney Lanier and Lake Allatoona, as the days grow longer and the waters of Georgia's favorite recreational lakes get warmer.

Lakes Sidney Lanier and Allatoona, just outside of Atlanta, are two of the most frequently visited lakes in the nation, averaging a combined 14 million visitors annually. Atlanta's urban sprawl can be found along the shorelines of these lakes, yet Carters Lake, situated one hour north of Atlanta in Gilmer County, looks much like it did when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed it in 1977.

"Carters Lake is unique in that commercial and residential development is prohibited, resulting in 62 miles of pristine shoreline," says Lu Ann Lackey, Park Manager. "The only structures on the lake are at the Carters Lake Resort and Marina, which accommodates park guests with boat slips, fuel, marine supplies, concessions and cabin and boat rentals." When you begin planning your next lake outing, consider Carters Lake:

Great for Family Skiing - For those using starter skis, or for wakeboarding and water skiing enthusiasts looking to practice some new tricks, Carters Lake is perfect due to its size, depth and limited boat traffic. At 3,200 acres, Carters Lake is the deepest lake in the state, reaching depths of 450 feet.

Boat-In Camping - Most folks are used to hiking to their favorite campsite, but how about boating to your campsite? Twelve primitive boat-in campsites are available, and campers can tie their boat up next to their tent. The lake also has plenty of sites for RV goers.

Day-Trip - Carters Lake is perfect for a family outing or reunion. The area offers group picnic shelters, playgrounds, game courts, fishing decks, scenic overlooks and hiking and biking trails.

Fishing - The clear, deep waters are home to a variety of freshwater fish, including walleye, a species not often found in the Southeast. Largemouth, striped and hybrid bass are favorite species for guided and recreational fishing trips.

Exploring - Visitors often take to the lake's many hiking and mountain biking trails to explore the vast array of ecosystems and wildlife. Carters Lake is designated as an Important Birding Area by the Audubon Society, and its Hidden Pond Songbird Trail features blinds for viewing and managed areas to attract songbirds.

Kayaking & Canoeing - The Coosawattee River is well known for its excellent kayaking and canoeing, but is better known as the story behind the James Dickey canoe-adventure novel, Deliverance, which became a classic movie starring Burt Reynolds. Several organizations are currently working on a kayak and canoe trail, launching in Ellijay, passing through Class I/II rapids on the Coosawattee River, and ending on the calm waters of Carters Lake.

For visitor information and traveler specials, visit www.gilmerchamber.com, or join our fan page on Facebook at The Ellijays.

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