Blue Ridge Reservoir is located in the Chattahoochee National Forest of north Georgia on the Toccoa River, stretching 11 miles southeast from the dam. The river flows northwest into Tennessee, where it is called the Ocoee River. There's a scenic overlook above the dam and a shaded picnic area near the powerhouse. The canoe and kayak launch site below the dam gives non-motorized boaters access to the Toccoa River.
With 65 miles of shoreline, the river is noted among fishermen for its sunfish, trout, and bass, bream, catfish, perch and crappie, which make the area popular with anglers. It is the only lake south of the Great Lakes where Walleye are caught, and is also known for white bass fishing.
When water is released from the Blue Ridge Dam to generate electricity, the river becomes a class I-II float through the Georgia hills. Besides providing power and recreational opportunities, Blue Ridge also helps control flooding.