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!

Entrance to Lake Russell campground Boat ramp and dock at Lake Russell campground View of picnic area and lake from bath house View of Lake Russell swimming area and benches fronting the lake View of Lake Russell through fall foliage of red and purple

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Lake Russell Campground and swim beach is open year-round
Reservations: Reservations accepted and first come first serve sites available.   Call 1-877-444-6777 or go to
Fees Camping: $18/site/night single, $36/double site/night, Picnic and Swim Site: $5/non-commercial vehicle up to 6 people, $1/person over 6 people in non-commercial vehicle. Boat launch: $5/vehicle/day
Permit Info: Georgia fishing license required for fishing.
Open Season: Open Year-round
Restrictions: The length of stay is limited to 14 days. All campers must vacate the site at the 14 days maximum in order to allow other visitors to enjoy the same site. On the lake there are no gasoline powered motors 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. Go Find Outdoors Annual Day Use Passes are available year-round - Contact 706-778-8427. The Go Find Outdoors Annual passes are not the America The Beautiful Pass. The Go Find Outdoors passes are only good for their permitted sites and no others.
Operated By: FIND Outdoors
Information Center: Please contact the Chattooga River Ranger District office at 706-754-6221 or FIND Outdoors at 706-778-8427.

General Information


Physical Address: 3034 Lake Russell Rd., Mt. Airy, GA

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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