What you need to know about Jackson Lake

Andrew Alvarez

BUTTS COUNTY, GA - Jackson Lake is the oldest water reservoir in Georgia that's surrounded by three counties including Butts County, Newton County, and Jasper County. This lake is 19,2 km wide which helps to control the water flow from three major rivers and one creek,

Yellow river, Alcovy river, Tussahaw Creek, and South river flow the water into the lake. The lake is connected with the Ocmulgee River and uses this river as primary outflows. There is a damn namely the Lloyd Shoals Dam that helps the distribution of water into the nearby rivers. This damn was built in 1910 by Central Georgia Power Company to generate electricity and manage the water supply.

Before the dam was built, the water was muddy due to big erosion that happened along the lakeside. This phenomenon has led the water that flowed into the creek to be highly contaminated and led to several disease outbreaks including malaria and other diseases caused by mosquitos. These outbreaks have made many farmers and fishers that live beside the nearby rivers decided to move to other areas.

This lake became a famous recreation place after being featured in the movie “Endless Love” by Universal Studios. After the movie was aired, there are many professionals photographers attracted by Jackson lake's natural scenery and choose to take some pictures at the lakeside.

Jackson lake is often used as a recreation place that attracts many tourists from the neighborhood. There are many sports options on the lakeside such as fishing, wakeboarding, kayaking, boating, and diving. There are many varieties of fish inside the lake including spotted bass, largemouth bass, sunfish, redbreast sunfish, catfish, bullhead catfish, striped bass, hybrid bass, blue catfish, channel catfish, white crappie, bluegill, and black crappie.

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