Lake Rabun Beach Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
Men unload boat into lake

Cradled in the hills of the North Georgia Mountains overlooking beautiful Lake Rabun, this developed recreation area offers hiking, all sorts of water activities like swimming, boating, and fishing, and an opportunity to absorb the peaceful lake scenery. The 80-site campground located across the highway is closed in the winter months.
 Please feel free to print out the Rabun Beach Recreation Overview Guide (which has a map of the campground!) for your convenience.

At a Glance

Current Conditions:


The swimming beach is under advisory. This means, though the beach is open for use, swimming or wading is not recommended due to high bacteria levels found during recent water quality testing. This advisory will be lifted when additional water testing results return to acceptable levels.

Operational Hours: Lake Rabun Beach Boat Launch and Beach areas are open sunrise to sundown.
Fees: Day Use — Parking – $5 per person ages 16+
Day Use – Busses & Vans – $5 per vehicles + $2 per person
Boat & Trailer Launch – $5  Fee tubes are located at the Kiosk at the top of the boat launch and at the Kiosk near the sidewalk to the beach access point. 
Permit Info: Georgia fishing license, valid boating registration.
Open Season: Open Year-round
Restrictions: No overnight parking except those companies under a special use permit and it is stated in the permit.
Closest Towns: Clayton is approximately 15 miles, or 25 minutes, where you can find a full range of services and supplies.
Water: Drinking water is provided by faucets at most sites.
Restroom: 2 port a potties
Passes: The Interagency Senior and Access Passes and the Golden Age and Access Passports are accepted.  
Operated By: FIND Outdoors
Information Center: Please contact the Chattooga River Ranger District office at 706-754-6221 or FIND Outdoors at 706-782-6381.

General Information


Physical Address: 5315 Lake Rabun Rd, Lakemont, GA

Take U.S. 441/23 south from Clayton for 5.4 miles; turn right on Wiley Connector for 0.1 mile; turn left (south) on Georgia 15(Historic 441) for 1.4 miles; turn right on Lake Rabun Road (County Road 10) for 5 miles. If pulling a trailer, the best route is to go west on Hwy 76 for 7 miles; turn left on Charlie Mtn. Road for 3.5 miles; turn right on Bridge Creek Road for 2 miles; turn left on Burton Dam Road for 5.4 miles. The campground will be on your left. View a map.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Lake and Pond Fishing

Lake Rabun is a stocked lake and a great place to spend some time with the family wetting a hook (as we like to say here in north Georgia)!

Fish Species Bass, Bream, Perch, Trout and Catfish
Fishing Platform Pier

Day Hiking

Located at the back section of loop 1 in the campground across the road, visitors will find the trailhead for the popular Angel Falls/Panther Falls Hiking Trail (trail length 1.7 miles).                            

Other trails within a 30 minute drive of this campground include:

  •      Tallulah Gorge State Park
  •      Minnehaha Falls


The swim area has eight picnic tables

Boating - Motorized

Boat ramp, courtesy dock, fishing deck, and  large paved parking lot that can accommodate  vehicles with boat trailers are located adjacent to the campground. Boat ramp open year round.


No lifeguard on duty at lake. Swimming area has accessible route from paved designated parking lot to picnic area; sand beach and swim area designated by buoys, bathhouse.


Lake Rabun is a 835 acre mountain lake excellent for boating and waterskiing.

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