Welcome! Beautiful Lake Sinclair is located in Central Georgia, approximately 90 minutes drive SE of Atlanta.
Lake Sinclair is owned and operated by Georgia Power, a Southern Company. The lake has been in existence since the 1950's. Until recently, Lake Sinclair has existed with little fanfare. Times are changing. Development around this lake is increasing.
The lake is large enough to enjoy all types of on-water recreation. 400+ miles of shoreline and over 15,000 acres of surface area. The lake is sheltered by the heavily forested hills that are found in this part of the state. This lake enjoys a lot of natural beauty. There are several scenic islands scattered around the lake. National forest and waterfowl refuges find their borders on Lake Sinclair.
This lake offers consistent water levels throughout the year and is boatable year-round. Unlike many of Georgia's better known lakes, Lake Sinclair is drought resistant.
Lake Sinclair is largely used by lake residents and people who live and house their boats, watercraft and RVs on the lake thus access is as easy as lowering their watercraft into the water. For day or weekend visitors, Georgia Power provides two public boat ramps for public access to water recreation. There are also marinas and boat storage areas located on the lake. There are other areas of access to the lake including Oconee Springs Park and several "secret" public access areas. Lake Sinclair is the site of several fishing tournaments - both local and national - and attracts fisherpersons of various skill levels and interest. Visitors find fall and winter fishing at Lake Sinclair a special treat due to the mild climate and activity. There is also a popular fishing area below the dam near Milledgeville. Several recreation areas, such as Oconee Springs Park and Rocky Creek Park, provide day-use facilities that include picnic tables, grills, boat ramp and a small beach. There is camping and even cabin rentals provided at Oconee Springs Park, but not Rocky Creek Park.
Coves and inlets, drop-offs, deep brush piles, underwater structure (humps).
Best fishing for largemouth bass in the early spring is on main points in deeper water or on underwater structure (humps). As the water warms, the fish move to shallow water to spawn. Anglers should try fishing drop-offs, deep brush piles, and lighted docks at night in the summertime. The edges of weed beds early in the morning or late in the afternoon can also be productive. In the fall the fish move back into the shallows of the creeks. Many anglers report their best success during the generation or pump-back phase at Wallace Dam, when water movement occurs, especially in the Oconee River arm. Baits to try include spinner baits, crank baits, jig and pig, plastic worms, lizards, or buzz-baits.