atching a winter sunset casting a reflection of the purple mountain majesty across the still waters of Lake Chatuge is one of the most breathtaking scenic snapshots left on your mind after a visit to this region. Though the shoreline is exaggerated during the winter months, due to the partial drainage by the TVA each year, Lake Chatuge is still the visual centerpiece of Hiawassee.
From late spring till mid autumn, the lake is the hub of recreational activity. Cruise in a pontoon, ski the open waters, sail the tranquil shores or throw out a line from your bass boat. Kayak, wave runners, paddleboats and canoes are all a part of the lake’s recreational transportation
Fishing becomes a passion on this Lake, providing opportunities for sunfish, white, smallmouth, largemouth, hybrid and spotted bass, catfish, crappie and trout.
Construction of the earth-filled Chatuge Dam, across the Hiwassee River began July 17, 1941. By February 1942, the reservoir was filling up. The length of the dam’s 2,950 feet and the reservoir is 13 miles long and covers approximately 7,200 acres at normal pool level with 130 miles of shoreline.
In addition to power generation, Lake Chatuge is an important component of TVA’s integrated regional flood control system, which accounts for the fluctuation of water levels during the year. This is a single turbine with peak output of 13,800 HP.
According to the TVA, the targeted summer Lake Elevation ranges between 1,927 feet. The January target level is an elevation of 1910 feet.
Both TVA and the Forest service provide various recreational opportunities, including public boat launch areas, picnic and camping facilities, as well as beach areas.
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