Lake Conasauga

Area Status: Open
view through gorgeouse fall foliage onto Lake Conasauga

This beautiful 19-acre spring-fed lake resting near Grassy Mountain is the highest lake in Georgia. Families will enjoy camping in this quiet, rustic setting which offers cool summertime temperatures.  Whether hiking to the Songbird Management area or to Grassy Mountain tower, fishing, or swimming, you will revel in this area rich in plants, birds and wildlife. Note:  cell service is limited due to remoteness.

Photos of campground

Portal sign and entry to Lake Conasauga wooden signs along entry road to lake Conasauga showing directions to picnic area view through gorgeouse fall foliage onto Lake Conasauga Lake Conasauga picnic area in the fall a picnic table close to Lake Conasauga in the fall

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Visit to make your 2024 reservations.  Lake Conasauga is now reservation only.  Reservations are accepted at  You may also make your reservations by phone toll-free at 877-444-6777.
Reservations: Reservations are accepted on   You may also make reservations by phone toll-free at 877-444-6777.
Fees: $15 a night per site.  
Open Season: Mid-April (possibly later due to water leaks) - October 31
Restrictions: Campsites are for 1 family or 5 adults.  Site must be occupied first night of stay.  Maximum two vehicles per campsite. 14 day limit.  Dogs must be leashed at all times.  Boats with electric motors only.   Only street-legal vehicles may be driven in the campground. Quiet hours are observed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. Alcohol is prohibited in the entire Lake Conasauga Recreation Area.  RV maximum length 24 feet.  Site 28 is ADA compliant.
Closest Towns: The nearest towns are Chatsworth, GA, approximately 24 miles to the southwest, and Ellijay, GA, roughly 22 miles to the southeast.  Chatsworth and Ellijay both offer numerous restaurants, grocery stores and gas stations.
Water: Drinking water available at hydrants located throughout the campground.
Restroom: Flush toilets centrally located.
Passes: The America the Beautiful Interagency Passes are accepted here.  The passes entitle the holder to a 50% discount on camping at one campsite.  You must enter the pass number when making your reservations at in order to receive the discount.
Information Center: Please contact the Conasauga Ranger District office at 706-695-6736.

General Information


From Chatsworth, GA, take U.S. Highway 411 north 3 miles to Eton, GA.  Turn right onto Old CCC Camp Road.  After about 5 miles the pavement ends and travel continues on a dirt and gravel road (Forest Service Road 18).  Continue for about 4 miles to a fork in the road; take the left fork, FSR 68.  Continue on FSR 68 for about 6 miles to a T-intersection at Potato Patch Mountain.  Turn left to continue on FSR 68 for another 4-5 miles to the entrance of the Lake Conasauga Recreation Area.

From Ellijay:  from the town circle, take GA Highway 52 west for 5 miles to a right turn on Gates Chapel Road.  Travel on Gates Chapel, which becomes dirt and gravel after about 7 miles (FSR 90) to a stop sign.  Turn right onto FSR 68 and continue to the T-intersection at Potato Patch Mountain.  Turn left to remain on FSR 68 for 4-5 miles to the entrance of the Lake Conasauga Recreation Area.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Mountain Biking

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Campground Camping

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A developed campground situated near Lake Conasauga.

  • 31 campsites in two graveled loops with parking for two vehicles
  • 2 restrooms with sinks and flush toilets
  • Used as a stop-over for Cohutta Wilderness adventures
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern posts, etc). No showers, electricity or hook-ups.

Lake and Pond Fishing

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Click here for GA DNR fishing regulations and information!

Day Hiking

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Group Picnicking

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Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation areas with activity Boating - Non-Motorized:

Canoes, kayaks and boats with electric motors only.

Rental info: none available


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