Lake Sinclair Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Panoramic view of Lake Sinclair with fluffy white clods in the background

The majestic Lake Sinclair was created when the waters of the Oconee River were impounded by Georgia Power Company in 1953 to operate a hydro-electric generating station. The Lake Sinclair recreational area is located in the heart of Georgia. This 15,330 acre lake (with 417 miles of shoreline!), ideal for families, scout troup meetings, or church gatherings. Lake Sinclair Recreation Area is a great place for picnicking, hiking, boating, fishing and swimming. and offers 33 campsites, with 5 campsites for campers with electric and water being available.

Photos of campground

View through trees to the beach area and Kiosk at Lake Sinclair Recreation Area Panoramic view of Lake Sinclair from the beach at the Lake Sinclair Recreation Area Playground set in the shade of the trees at Lake Sinclair Recreation Area A campsite resting on the edge of Lake Sinclair A campsite in dappled sun overlooking Lake Sinclair

At a Glance

Current Conditions:

 We are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from USDA and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions.

Operational Hours: Hours for day use, picnic and swim and boat ramp are sunrise to sunset. Check in for camping is upon arrival. Please be considerate of other campers during quiet hours between 10:00 PM and 7:00 AM.
Reservations:   Lake Sinclair does not have a reservation system in place. This is a first-come, first-served recreation area.  
Rentals & Guides: none
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Camping Fees Camping without hook-ups: $9/site/night
Camping with hook-ups: $15/site/night
Day Use Fees $ 5.00  per vehicle
$ .50 per person/ Bus or Commercial vehicle or walk in.
Permit Info: Georgia State fishing licence,valid boat registration required. Camp fire permits are not required Click here for information!
Open Season: Open year round
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: April-November
Busiest Season: Summer
  • Quiet hours between 10:00 pm and 7:00 am
  • Alcohol not allowed in day use area
  • No generators allowed
  • Camp site ccupancy limited to 5 persons or immediate family.
  • No Fireworks on the National Forest! Possessing, discharging or using any kind of fireworks or other pyrotecnic or explosive device. 36 CFR 261.52 (f)
Closest Towns:  The nearest town is approximately 8 miles, or 15 minutes, north in Eatonton, GA.  Here campers will find restaurants, grocery stores, etc.
Water: Drinking water provided by faucets located on each loop
Restroom: Bath houses: One on Loops B,C,D .
Passes: Annual Forest Pass: This pass sells for $ 25.00 and is valid for US Forest Service boat ramps and day use areas throughout the Chattahoochee Oconee National Forest.  Available at the Oconee National Forest District Office Located  at 1199 Madison Rd. (US 441/129) Eatonton GA. Office hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  excluding holidays
Information Center:  Oconee Ranger District Office - 706-485-7110. Office Hours are Monday-Friday 08:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. excluding Holidays   There is no phone connections set up at Lake Sinclair. Lake Sinclair does not have a reservation system in place. 

General Information


 From I-20 Exit 114 in Madison Ga Take US 441/129 south 23 miles to the intersection of  US 129 south., also known as the Gray Rd. Turn right at the light and travel 8 miles to the intersection of GA- 212,turn left onto GA 212 and travel 1 mile  turn left  onto Twin Bridges Rd. travel 1.1 miles then turn left into the campground.

General Notes:

Overflow parking for campers is provided adjacent to Loop D.

Parking for boat trailers and vehicles is adjacent to boat ramp

General Notes:

Parking adjacent to boat ramp is for vehicles with boat trailers


Parking adjacent to boat ramp is for vehicles with boat trailers

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

The Lake Sinclair Recreation Area consists of 33 camp sites in four loops. Loop A consists of five sites with water and 30/50 amp electrical connections. Loop B has ten tent sites. Loop C is closed. Loop D has 18 tent sites.

  • Camp host on site
  • Hot showers
  • 3 Bath Houses 
  • 2 Boat Docks
  • Picnic Areas
  • Swimming Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Electric and water hookups
  • Dump Station 
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc)


General Info:

General Notes

Parking adjacent to boat ramp is for vehicles with boat trailers


Parking adjacent to boat ramp is for vehicles with boat trailers

No. of Sites 33 total sites. 5 sites have hook-ups.

RV Camping

5 sites with RV hookups (electric and water) are available in Loop A and 1 in Loop C, each with parking for 2 vehicles only.  Each site limited to five campers, unless immediate family.  Each site will hold up to 2 tents.

No. of Sites 5
Reservation Info None Required
Hookup - Water Yes
Dump Stations Yes
Hookups - Electric Yes

Group Camping

Group Camping Area Closed

No. of Sites 1
Reservation Info None Required


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Water Activities

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Camping trailer Rv site with hook ups
Picnic tables On all sites and day use area
Tent camping Tent pads provided
Parking At sites and overflow
Toilets Four locations
Fee charged for some activities Day Use, Camping, Boating
Boat ramp Concrete ramp
Drinking water On all loops