Georgia Magazine - August 2013 - (Page 28)

Discover Lake Oconee History, dining, recreation and relaxation MADISON-MORGAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BY PAMELA A. KEENE F rom camping to luxurious accommodations, water sports to golf, historic homes to shopping— Lake Oconee, surrounded by several cities, including Eatonton, Greensboro and Madison, promises fun for people looking for a relaxing day, weekend or week. Nestled adjacent to the Oconee National Forest, the environment is varied and eclectic. Lake Oconee was created in the late 1970s by the damming of the Oconee and Apalachee rivers. It only fluctuates a foot or so in depth, making it ideal for water-related recreation. Joined by Lake Sinclair, the water from Lake Oconee flows through the Wallace Dam Hydro plant to create power. Then the water is pumped back from Lake Sinclair to keep Oconee fairly constant at 434 feet above sea level. Its 19,050 acres and 374 miles of shoreline make it the second-largest lake in Georgia. Three campgrounds (www.oco on the lake— Lawrence Shoals, Parks Ferry and 28 Old Salem—offer more than 200 campsites to accommodate RVs and primitive camping. These campgrounds provide recreational access for boating, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Trails and historic markers help visitors explore the area. One of the region’s most notable attractions is the Rock Hawk effigy ( in Putnam County. Accessible through Lawrence Shoals Park and reported to have been created more than 10,000 years ago by inhabitants of Rock Hawk Trail leads to the Rock Hawk Effigy, the Piedmont Region, it is one of one of two bird-shaped rock effigies in Putnam only two bird-shaped rock effigies County. east of the Mississippi. The other, Rock Eagle (, is Tales of Eatonton located near Lake Oconee as well, at Author and journalist Joel Chanthe University of Georgia’s 4-H Cen- dler Harris was born and raised in ter on U.S. Highway 441, north of Ea- Eatonton. The Uncle Remus Museum tonton. The Rock Hawk site has been ( there developed by UGA, Georgia Power, pays tribute to his life and the stories the Georgia Department of Natural he captured from listening to tales Resources and Putnam County. It in- told by slaves in the mid-1800s. cludes 15 miles of trails. “Without Eatonton, we wouldn’t More online at GEORGIA MAGAZINE EATONTON-PUTNAM CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Lake Oconee features peaceful vistas, including Southern Cross Ranch, a bed-and-breakfast inn that offers horseback riding.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - August 2013

Georgia Magazine - August 2013
Georgia News
Picture This?
Liberty Notes
Calendar of Events
Sweet Success
Tracking the Bottlenose Dolphins
Saving Wilma; Dolphin Facts
Around Georgia
While Visiting Lake Oconee
My Georgia
Georgia Cooks
Second Helping: We All Scream for More Ice Cream!
More Snapshot Photos
Plant of the Month
August’s Online Trivia Contest
Georgia Grown Spotlight

Georgia Magazine - August 2013