What Are Major Bodies of Water in Georgia?
Bodies of water in Georgia include the Chattahoochee River, Savannah River, Suwannee River, Lake Sidney Lanier, Clark Hill Lake, West Point Lake and Lake Hartwell. The state is bordered on its southeast corner by the Atlantic Ocean.
The longest river in Georgia is the Chattahoochee River, which runs 436 miles from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Apalachicola River at the border between Alabama and Florida. The largest lake in the state is Lake Lanier, which has an area of 59 square miles and 692 miles of shoreline. It is a reservoir that was created in 1956 by the Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River. The second-largest lake in the state, Lake Oconee, is also a reservoir that was created in 1979 with the completion of the Wallace Dam on the Oconee River. The surface area of the lake is 19,050 acres, with 376 miles of shore. Additional lakes located in Georgia include Lake Allatoona, Lake Blackshear, Lake Acworth and Walter F. George Lake.
The streams and rivers that traverse Georgia travel a total of 70,150 miles. The total amount of lakes in the state cover a surface area of 425,000 acres. Sapelo Sound and St. Andrew Sound are located where the state meets the Atlantic Ocean.