Lake Jackson is one of the oldest reservoirs in Georgia, 44 miles southeast of Atlanta in a rural area situated within parts of three counties (Jasper, Newton and Butts). Lake Jackson Dam, officially Lloyd Shoals dam, was the largest in America when it was finished in 1910. Over 100 feet high and 1000 feet long, it created Georgia’s largest lake at the time. The design and construction was so cutting edge that Thomas Edison was involved. It continues to produce clean, renewable, hydroelectric power for the surrounding area. The lake, relatively smaller than others in the state, covers nearly 5,000 acres with 135 miles of shoreline. For your fishing, boating and swimming enjoyment, boats with heads and galleys are not allowed. This assures cleaner water and smoother rides without the huge waves generated by these large boats. Fishing is a favorite pastime of Lake Jackson as there are several species of fish in Jackson Lake, including white catfish, bullhead catfish, channel catfish, white crappie, redear sunfish, redbreast sunfish, bluegill, spotted bass, largemouth bass, striped bass, and hybrid bass.
This secluded lake has several unique marinas, featuring anything from repairs & supplies to indoor and outdoor dining, weekend bands, trivia, karaoke, holiday boat parades, poker runs, and more throughout the year. Lake Jackson holds new wonders each day to behold. It is home to the American Bald Eagle, soaring and fishing along the shores, many ducks, herons, kingfishers, and all kinds of birds and turtles.
Lloyd Shoals Dam is currently maintained by personnel based at nearby Wallace Dam