LAKE CHATUGE

Lake Chatuge, one of the most scenic lakes in the Tennessee Valley Authority system, was formed in 1942 when the construction on the earth-filled dam was completed.  The dam is located off Myers Chapel Road, about 3 miles southeast of Hayesville, at the Barnett Bridge in Norht Carolina just over the Towns County, GA line.  Chatuge Dam is 144 feet high and stretches 2,850 feet across the Hiawassee River.  Chatuge reservoir covers about 7,200 acres, with approximately 133 miles of shorline, and a flood-storage capacity of 62,619 acre-feet.  Although Chatuge was originally built for water storage to help prevent flooding downstream, it currently serves many purposes, including flood control, electric power generation, augmentation of water flows for navigation downstream, and provides numerous recreational opportunities, including boating, swimming, skiing, camping, hiking, and fishing.  Thirty-two species of fish inhabit Lake Chatuge, with small mouth bass, large-mouth, spotted, white, and hybrids are stocked annually.  Lake Chatuge is located in Hiawassee, GA and Hayesville, NC. www.tva.gov/sites/chatuge.htm