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Gorgeous late-afternoon sun at a beach near Walden at Chatham Center in Savannah, Georgia

Cool Off at These Amazing Georgia Lakes


There’s nothing like dipping your toes in the water to keep cool during the dog days of summer. At Walden at Chatham Center in Savannah, we’re lucky to live close to some excellent lakes – and we’re also just a day or weekend trip away from so many more. Start planning your next summer adventure with this guide to Georgia’s amazing lakes.

Lake Lanier

A favorite among locals, Lake Lanier offers prime swimming opportunities. You can also partake in water sports of all sorts, including fishing and boating, on this massive lake less than an hour from Atlanta. There’s plenty to do at Lake Lanier, so plan your weekend accordingly.

Lake Chatuge

Lake Chatuge extends from North Carolina into Hiawassee, an outdoorsy town in north Georgia. Explore various coves on Lake Chatuge by boat. Water ski your heart out. Make a weekend out of it by staying at Lake Chatuge Lodge. You can do it all at this wonderful lake.

Lake Allatoona

This beautiful lake provides 270 miles of shoreline and 12,000 acres to explore. A great choice for boating, fishing, and camping, Lake Allatoona features a number of marinas and countless campgrounds.

Tybee Island

OK, we’re cheating a little and straying from the lake theme with this one. Located just 23 miles from Walden at Chatham Center along the coast of the Atlantic, you’ll find Tybee Island, a great place to take a dip and enjoy the sunshine. While it’s not a lake or swimming hole, this coastal retreat is a great place to cool off. The barrier island is home to wide, sandy beaches, including South Beach with a pier and pavilion.

Looking for more fun things to do in and around Savannah? Check out the Walden at Chatham Center blog for ideas!