Lake Russell Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

View of Lake Russell through fall foliage of red and purple

Situated along the peaceful shore of the 100-acre Lake Russell, this developed recreation area offers 42 campsites that accommodate both tent and RV camping and a picnic shelter with seating for 30 is available on a first come first serve basis. With a large grass-covered beach and swimming area as well as two paved campground loop roads for easy access to all that this outdoor mecca has to offer in the way of camping, swimming, picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing, horseback riding, and boating (non-motorized/electric watercraft only), this bucolic getaway is sure to become an outdoor destination for the entire family!

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Lake Russell Recreation Area is open.
Operational Hours: Lake Russell Campground and swim beach is open seasonally April 29th, 2016-October 31st,  2016.  24 hours a day, Quiet hours are 10pm-7am .
Reservations: Reservations are not accepted. Occupancy of sites are on a first come, first serve basis.
Fees Camping: $14/site/night single, $16/site/night double Picnic and Swim Site: $6/non-commercial vehicle up to 4 people, $1/person over 4 people in non-commercial vehicle. Boat launch: $4/vehicle/day
Permit Info: Georgia fishing license required for fishing.
Open Season: 04/29/2016
Restrictions: The length of stay is limited to 21 days. No gasoline powered motorboats allowed. Only electric trolling motors are permitted.
Closest Towns: The nearest town is approximately 12 miles, or 20 minutes, to Cornelia, GA.  Here campers will find restaurants, grocery stores, etc.
Water: Drinking water (municiple source) provided
Restroom: 4 Flush facilities
Passes: The Interagency Senior and Access Passes and the Golden Age and Access Passports are accepted. These passes entitle the pass holder to a 50% discount on camping fees.
Operated By: Chattahoochee Management, INC. under permit by the US Forest Service
Information Center: Please contact the Chattooga River Ranger District office at 706-754-6221 or Chattahoochee Management Inc, at 706-490-1246.

General Information

Directions: Take Ga 365/U.S. 23 North from Gainesville past Cornelia to Hwy 197. Turn right for approximately 3 miles until dead-end. Right on Dicks Hill Parkway for approx.3/4 mile. Turn left onto the paved Lake Russell Road.

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