Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake

NE Georgia Mountains

Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake

Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake

2650 Russell State Park
Elberton, GA 30635



We invite you to stop by our Visitor Center located in the Operations Manager’s Office approximately 4 miles south of Georgia State Highway 72 just off the Bobby Brown State Park Road. Here you can purchase maps of the lake, Golden Age or Golden Access cards, and Annual Parking Passes. We also have a variety of brochures and pamphlets that will assist you during your visit to the Richard B. Russell Lake and Dam Project. The lake covers over 26,000 surface acres with 540 miles of shoreline and has a depth of 155 feet at full pool. The lake is operated and managed by the Corps. of Engineers subsequently there are no houses cabins or other dwellings lining the lake's shore. This was in an effort to preserve the environment and its wildlife. The lake is fed by the Savannah River and Rocky River as well as Beaverdam, Coldwater, and Van Creeks. Lake Richard B. Russell is the newest of Georgia's reservoirs, it was formed when the dam located on Trotter Shoals closed in 1984. The lake
  • Info & Amenities
  • Hours of Operation

    Sunday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM

    Monday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM

    Tuesday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM

    Wednesday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM

    Thursday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM

    Friday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM

    Saturday: 8:00AM - 4:00PM

    Admission & Fees

    Admission Fee $0.00

    Facility Amenities

    Free Parking


Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake Photos