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Fishing Lake Burton in Georgia

About Lake Burton

Rabun County in north Georgia is the home of Lake Burton. It is the northernmost and largest of the five Georgia Power owned North Georgia Lakes comprising the Tallulah River Watershed. The lake’s namesake comes from the town of Burton, which now resides under its surface. It was created in 1920 and is one of the earliest power-generating lakes built in the U.S. 


Lake Burton’s 2,800 acres are a frequent destination for campers and recreational boaters. Regular activities here include wakeboarding, water skiing, fishing, and tubing. The lake is a familiar wedding venue and known for its breathtaking mountain views. Visitors treat themselves to fine dining at LaPrades Chophouse and relax at the Waterfall Club. 



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Fishing Info

Lake Burton fishing is home to a fish hatchery managed by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Trout raised here stock streams and lakes in north Georgia. Moccasin Creek State Park is located on the western side of the lake near the hatchery and has an ADA accessible pier reserved for disabled anglers or those younger than 11 and older than 65.


Murray Cove Boat Ramp provides public boat access and fishing year-round. Lake Burton is home to the Georgia state spotted bass record. Herring imitations on jigheads are great combinations fished near structure. Brown trout are stocked annually and are partial to shad-imitation crankbaits. Trophy size chain pickerel and black crappie occupy the lake as well.


Stop by this website to buy an up-to-date fishing license if you plan to fish Lake Burton. 



3695 Highway 197 N,

Clarkesville, GA 30523


Map of Lake Burton






Lake Burton Fishing Photos

Great fishing photos of Lake Burton can be found on Instagram like this one if you can make it through all the bikini pics: