LaGrange, Georgia – Facts & Trivia

West Point Lake Fact Sheet

  • 2.6 million annual visitors

  • One of Georgia’s largest lakes at 25,900 acres and with 525 miles of shoreline, West Point Lake extends for 35 miles along the Chattahoochee River on the Alabama-Georgia state line.
  • It is the only lake in the United States without commercial navigation but with lighted buoys – making it easily navigable for nighttime boating and fishing.
  • Formed by the Flood Control Act of 1962, West Point Lake is unique in that it was authorized by Congress for sport fishing, wildlife development and general recreation.
  • Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), this tree-lined body of water offers guests amenities galore, pristine fishing conditions, breathtaking views, campgrounds – from tent camping to equipped RV sites – and close proximity to Atlanta and Columbus in Georgia and Montgomery and Birmingham in Alabama.
  • The lake brims with multiple varieties of bass, as well as catfish, crappie and bream, and bank fishing is excellent at many locations, including public fishing piers at Hardley Creek Park, Rocky Point Park and McGee Bridge Park.
  • According to the USACE, a dozen creeks and more than 40 square miles of lake provide plenty of good fishing holes for the thousands of anglers who fish regularly at West Point.
  • In the 2010 issue of Sport Fishing, a publication of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division and Wildlife Resources Division, it is noted that of the 45 lakes in Georgia, West Point is one of only six pristine lakes from which there are no eating restrictions on four or more types of fish found in the lake.
  • The Corps’ strict shoreline management plan has created a substantial natural buffer between the lake and area development, creating a filter of sorts by which the lake can naturally clean itself.
  • West Point Lake draws flocks of birdwatchers to its habitat-friendly shores for sightings of the hundreds of species that soar above the lake both year-round and during migratory seasons: black-legged kittiwake, the white-winged scoter, Ross’s Goose, ospreys, bald eagles, ring-billed gull and Bonaparte’s and Forster’s Tern and the rare ivory gull.
  • Geographically, West Point Lake is located far enough south to allow year-round recreation, including birding from October through April.
  • All of West Point Lake’s piers provide access for persons with disabilities. Visitors with disabilities can also fish in a pond at Hardley Creek Park.
  • Boat launching ramps located in 34 public recreation areas around the lake mean you can be fishing peacefully in just minutes.
  • Two privately operated marinas provide for your every need when it comes to spending a day on the lake.
  • Quote: “We work toward finding the ‘sweet spot’ at West Point Lake,” says Joe Maltese, a retired LaGrange resident who worked for 30 years for the City of LaGrange. “It’s a balance between good nutrients coming into the lake that will support the fishing without damaging the water and the associated recreational qualities of the lake.”

INFORMATION: LaGrange-Troup County Chamber of Commerce and Bureau of Tourism, 706-884-8671.

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