• "Great American Main Street Award® Winner"
    - National Main Street Center, Inc. 2016
  • "The South's Best Small Towns 2017"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2017
  • "4th Best Summer Weekend Escape"
    - USA Today Travel 2014

  • "4th Best Underground Attraction"
    - USA Today 2016 - Consolidated Gold Mine
  • "Best Wine Town Runner Up, Southern Dream Towns"
    - Garden & Gun Magazine 2012
  • "10th Best Historic Small Town"
    - USA Today 2016
  • "10th Best Course You Can Play in Georgia - Achasta"
    - Golfweek Magazine
  • "Dahlonega: Small-town Escape"
    - Southern Living Magazine 2012
  • "Wine Tasting Room Capital of Georgia"
    - Georgia's State Senate Resolution 2015

  • "National Main Street City"
    - National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • "Official Appalachian Trail Community"
    - Appalachian Trail Conservancy 2010
  • "Georgia's Premier Sports Cycling Community"
    - Georgia General Assembly Resolution 2005
  • "Site of First Major U.S. Gold Rush"
    - Thousands of Miners, 1829-1849

Lake Lanier

Lake LanierLake Sidney Lanier, completed in 1956 covers 38,000 acres and touches 5 counties - Lumpkin, Hall, Dawson, Forsyth and Gwinett. In addition there are 19,000 acres of controlled shore land above 1070 mean sea level. Operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers the lake's purpose is to provide power, water supply, navigation, flood control, and recreation. Lake Lanier is the most visited of all of the federally operated lakes in the U.S. with 19 million visitors annually. While only a small portion of the lake is in Lumpkin County, the county maintains a boat access ramp and a recreation area at the Lumpkin County park 8.5 miles east of Dahlonega. Fishing, boating and camping are the main recreational activities although duck and goose hunting is allowed in season.


A boat ramp is provided at the Lumpkin County Park 8.5 miles from the Dahlonega Square (see map below). During periods of low water level it is not possible to launch a boat from a trailer, however, small boats and canoes can be carried to the water from the ramp. Parking is available at the boat ramp.


The types of fish found in the lake are spotted bass, striped bass, largemouth bass, black crappie and walleye. Georgia fishing licenses are available online and at the following Dahlonega locations:

Walmart Super Center
    (706) 867-6912
     270 Walmart Way, Dahlonega, GA 30533

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