Sport fishing is popular at Chatuge Lake, both in the reservoir and in the Hiwassee River below the dam. Concrete weirs have been installed below the dam to provide a steady flow of water and to increase oxygen levels for fish and other aquatic animals. Wade fishing for trout is popular here since fish are attracted to the weirs, where food is abundant.
The lake is 13 miles long and extends southeast from the dam into north Georgia. The reservoir is named after a nearby Cherokee settlement. Chatuge is operated for many purposes, including flood control, power generation, and augmentation of water flows for navigation downstream.
Location: Hwys 175 and 64, 3 mi NW of Hayesville, NC