Lake Chatuge is a 7,500 acre man-made reservoir that was created in 1942 after the Tennessee Valley Authority completed construction on Chatuge Dam, which blocked the Hiawassee River in Tennessee in order to institute a system of flood control and provide usable hydroelectric power. When water from Chatuge Dam was released and diverted, it filled up naturally variegated terrain in North Georgia and created Lake Chatuge’s numerous peninsulas and private coves with magnificent locations for swimming, boating and other water sports. The unsurpassed beauty of the lake created by Chatuge Dam inspired people to name North Georgia’s valley that contains Lake Chatuge the Enchanted Valley.
On the north side of the Enchanted Valley are mammoth mountain ranges in the Nantahala National Forest and on the south and east sides are the peaks of the Chattahoochee National Forest. Lake Chatuge is situated in the center of the Enchanted Valley with 128 miles of lake shoreline plus 4 miles of island shoreline for a total of 132 miles of enjoyable lake shores. This beautifully forested region is contained within Towns County, an area filled with secluded waterfalls, historic trails, and quaint towns with unique stores and restaurants. The two cities in North Georgia located nearest Lake Chatuge are Hiawassee and Young Harris.
The entire region surrounding Lake Chatuge is famous for year round trout fishing in numerous streams and rivers. Fishing licenses are required. A great way to have fun exploring Lake Chatuge is to enjoy a leisurely cruise on a pontoon boat. Pontoon boats and other recreational boats can be rented at various marinas on Lake Chatuge. One of the finest resorts in the North Georgia Mountains is located near Lake Chatuge and it has become one of the big reasons why tourists come to the area. The 503-acre Brasstown Valley Resort is famous for its championship golf course, exquisite cuisine, equestrian activities and luxurious accommodations.
Real estate in areas near Lake Chatuge
Young Harris and Hiawassee are both rural towns containing many single family homes. At the center of Young Harris and Hiawassee, most of the homes are much older than homes around Lake Chatuge and few of them are available for sale because they are occupied by long term residents. Newer and more upscale homes can be found throughout the Enchanted Valley, especially along the shores of Lake Chatuge and on the mountains where views are spectacular.
Real estate surrounding Lake Chatuge in the Enchanted Valley is characterized by multi-million dollar custom built lakeside homes, charming log cabin style homes, and luxurious residential condominium developments that offer special amenities to residents. Typical condominium prices at Lake Chatuge range from $250,000 for a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit in a lakefront resort community with a swimming pool and tennis courts to $500,000 for a fully furnished 2-story condominium in an exclusive ridges resort community with year round lake and mountain views.
For those who desire luxurious lodging and accommodations, the Brasstown Valley Resort in Young Harris has 102 guest rooms at their main mountain lodge. For those who desire a romantic experience, the Brasstown Valley Resort offers 32 guest cottage suites in 8 private log cottages. Each of these suites reflects a different mountaineering motif and has a furnished living room, most have large covered wooden decks, and some have wood burning fireplaces. More than 5 miles of guided interpretive horseback riding trails in The Stables at the Brasstown Valley Resort are available for people who enjoy horseback riding.
The Ridges Resort & Club in Young Harris has a luxurious resort lodge featuring 66 rooms with private balconies overlooking beautiful Lake Chatuge. The Ridges Resort & Club also has 4 executive suites and the Ridges Resort Golf Villas for golf lovers who can enjoy the resort’s championship golf course designed by Willard Byrd. The fully furnished golf villas range in size from 1 to 4 bedrooms and can easily accommodate relatively large families and groups.
Gourmet dining is available at the Brasstown Valley Resort’s Dining Room featuring New Mountain cuisine prepared with the freshest ingredients by Chef Sid Kurrimbukus. A variety of fine dining experiences are also offered at The Ridges Resort & Club. The Sequoyah room serves exquisite entrees complemented by an exceptional wine list and dessert menu, the Old Hiawassee Grille features local and traditional Georgia cuisine, and the Cherokee Grill has bountiful sandwiches, mouthwatering appetizers and fresh salads.
The region surrounding Lake Chatuge is an antique shopper’s dream because the area is so beautiful to drive through and there are many intriguing stores to visit. In the North Georgia Mountains, serious antique shoppers can spend several days browsing through an increasing number of unique specialty shops and antique malls. Art stores throughout the local area display the work of many well known painters, potters and sculptors along with a colorful array of Appalachian folk art.
Opportunities for recreational fun abound all around Lake Chatuge. Full service marinas rent pontoon boats, waterskiing boats, jet skis, canoes, kayaks and peddle boats. People can enjoy fly fishing for trout in numerous streams and rivers, go swimming, whitewater rafting, or hike along various trails in the area that lead to the famous Appalachian Trail.