Lake Burton Dam

Burton Dam Rd., Lakemont, GA

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Spillway (crest elevation, 1,860.0 ft) is equipped with eight gates 22 ft wide by 6.6 ft high.

Photo taken by pam phillips in October 2015

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Lake Burton and Rabun County was named for Jeremiah Burton, a popular area citizen who would occasionally serve as bailiff in the local superior court and served in other civic positions.

Lake Burton At 2,775 acres, Lake Burton is the largest of Georgia Power's North Georgia lakes.

Lake Burton was one of the first lakes in the United States created specifically for power generation. With the completion of the dam at the east end of the lake in 1913, more than 2700 acres of lake were created. In the rugged north Georgia mountains of Rabun and Burton Counties, Lake Burton has coves galore. Each is more breathtaking than the last, with peaks jutting high above the water. The Tallulah River was dammed and the town of Burton flooded when the lake was completed. Today the lake serves as a reservoir, controlling the flow of water to Seed Lake below it.

At 2,775 acres, Lake Burton is the largest of Georgia Power's North Georgia lakes. Lake Burton, with 62 miles of shoreline. Lake is formed by concrete gravity dam. Spillway (crest elevation, 1,860.0 ft) is equipped with eight gates 22 ft wide by 6.6 ft high. Dam completed in 1919. Total capacity at elevation 1,866.6 ft, top of gates, is 108,000 acre-ft, of which 106,000 acre-ft is usable storage. Lake is used for power development. Capacity curve and month end elevations furnished by Georgia Power Company.

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Update Log 

  • November 16, 2015: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "GPS Coordinates" & "Address" and Added "Street View"
  • October 19, 2015: Added by pam phillips

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  • pam phillips
  • Michael Miller - michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com

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Lake Burton Dam
Posted November 16, 2015, by Michael Miller (michael_a_miller [at] yahoo [dot] com)

This dam is actually in Rabun County, GA, not Habersham County, Ga.