Dockery Lake Recreation Area

Area Status: Open

Overlooking Dockery Lake and nestled deep within the mountains 12 miles north of Dahlonega, GA.  Dockery Lake Recreation Area offers camping, picnicking and fishing for all ages. The Dockery Lake Campground is small and located right along the banks of Dockery Lake.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day. Quiet hours 10pm - 6am.
Reservations: Reservations are required to camp in this campground. Reservations can be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service (NRRS). The website ( offers convenient round the clock access to the Online Reservation Service or visitors may call NRRS at 1-877-444-6777 (toll free) between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

You may reserve camp sites the same day as you arrive and as far as six (6) months in advance. Reservations are not available at the facility.
Fees: Peak Season: April 1 - October 31
$8.00 per night/site

Off Peak Season(no water): November 1 - January 1
$4.00 per night/site

Closed: January 2 - March 31

Day Use
Permit Info: Georgia fishing license and trout license
  • Swimming prohibited in Dockery Lake
  • 14 day stay limit.
  • Maximum 2 vehicles per campsite
  • Dogs must be leashed at all times.
Closest Towns: The nearest town is approximately 12 miles, or 30 minutes, in Dahlonega, GA. Here campers will find restaurants, grocery stores, etc.
Water: Drinking water is provided by faucets centrally located in the campground
Restroom: 1 Flush Facility and 1 vault facility at the day use area
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 for single family campsites.. Click here for detailed information on passes!
Information Center: Please contact the Blue Ridge Ranger District office at

General Information


From Dahlonega, GA take GA Highway 60 north approximately 13 miles to Forest Service Road 654 on the right. Turn right, go 1.0 mile to campground.

From Blairsville, GA take U.S. 19/129 south for 10.0 miles, turn right on GA Highway 180. Go approximately 11.0 miles. Turn left on GA Highway 60, go 4.0 miles to Forest Service Road 654 on the left. Turn left, go 1.0 mile to campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

There are no water or electric hook-ups or dump station available in the campground.

  • 11 camping sites (10 campsites and 1 campground host site)
  • 1 flush facility in campground and 1 vault flush facility in day use area
  • Standard amenities (i.e. grill, picnic tables, lantern post, etc)

Lake and Pond Fishing

In Dockery Lake designated trout waters - check State fishing regulations before fishing

Day Hiking

Lakeshore Trail - 0.5 mile easy loop around lake.
Dockery Lake Trail - 3.5 miles leads to the Appalachian Trail in Miller Gap.

Other trails within a 30 minute drive:


For those looking to spend the day at Dockery Lake, six lakefront picnic sites are available. These picnic sites can be accessed from the day use parking lot.

Boating - Motorized

Dockery Lake - Carry down electric motors only

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