West Point Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers West Point Lake is on the Chattahoochee River just north of West Point, Georgia. It stretches 35 miles and at full pool is 25,900 acres. Authorized by the Flood Control Act of 1962, work started on the lake in December 1965 and the impoundment began in October 1974. With the exception of special situations, like a drought, the water is kept between 633 MSL (mean sea level – an average level of the surface of one or more of Earth’s bodies of water from which heights such as elevation may be measured) and 635 MSL. The county seat of Troup, Lagrange, Georgia, just off I-85,. where I-185 heads south to Columbus, is 60 miles southwest of Atlanta and the closest major city to the lake.

There are two Marina’s on West Point Lake. Southern Harbor Resort and Marina is at 1133 County Road 294, Lanett, Alabama. They have dock slips, dry storage, boat ramp, store, RV park, boat rentals and cottages, ranging in sizes for 2-6 guests. There was a restaurant there, but it is between owners as of 4/3/21.

The other is Highland Pines Resort and Marina, 1000 Seminole Road, Lagrange, Georgia. They have cabins to accommodate 2-10 guests, RV park, boat ramp, boats slips, dry storage, store, bar and restaurant (The Hooch Hideaway) and boat rentals. The restaurant is only open from 5pm-9pm as of 4/3/21.

The West Point Lake dam and spillway, completed in 1975, is 896 feet in length, including six gates. Total length of the earthen dam is 7,250 feet. The dam stands 897 feet above the stream bed. It contains three generators(which are controlled via microwave link at Walter F. George Lake (Eufaula) with a local override), each having a maximum of 35,000 kw.

Author: Doyle

I was born in Atlanta, moved to Alpharetta at 4, lived there for 53 years and moved to Decatur in 2016. I've worked at such places as Richway, North Fulton Medical Center, Management Science America (Computer Tech/Project Manager) and Stacy's Compounding Pharmacy (Pharmacy Tech).

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