Lake Oliver, Alabama & Georgia, USA

Located in west central Georgia in the Presidential Pathways region, Lake Oliver is a 2,150-acre lake that has one shoreline in Georgia and the other in Alabam’s River Heritage region. Formed by the Chattahoochee River and the Oliver Dam, the lake is part of the Georgia Power lakes, which also includes Lake Harding, Goat Rock Lake, and North Highlands Lake. Completed in 1959, the Oliver Dam was created to help – READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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Welcome to the ultimate guide to Lake Oliver! Article topics include:

Looking for Lake Oliver cabins or other accommodations? Save time and use this interactive map to find, compare and book at the best rates. Or explore more of our favorite travel partners.

All About Lake Oliver

Located in west central Georgia in the Presidential Pathways region, Lake Oliver is a 2,150-acre lake that has one shoreline in Georgia and the other in Alabam’s River Heritage region. Formed by the Chattahoochee River and the Oliver Dam, the lake is part of the Georgia Power lakes, which also includes Lake Harding, Goat Rock Lake, and North Highlands Lake. Completed in 1959, the Oliver Dam was created to help supply hydroelectric power to the region and is the main water supply for the City of Columbus. Lake Oliver is located north of North Highlands Lake and south of Goat Rock Lake in Muscogee County, a mecca for outdoor recreation for the last 20 years.

Activities at Lake Oliver include fishing, bank fishing, hunting, water skiing, picnicking, hiking, biking, boating, and kayaking. Because some of the lake’s lower acreage is in the city limits of Columbus, it receives heavy boat traffic during the summer months. Cabins and houses dot the 40-mile shoreline of the long, narrow reservoir, as well as recreation areas including Goat Rock Recreation Area, City Marina, and the Chattahoochee RiverWalk.

Goat Rock Recreation Area, located below the Goat Rock dam, is a beautiful park with bank fishing, picnicking, day use areas, restrooms, and area lighting for night fishing. Located on the undeveloped north shores of Lake Oliver, Goat Rock Recreation Area is a great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of Columbus. Operated by the City of Columbus is City Marina, a marina with several paved public boat ramps, boat docks, a fishing pier, picnic areas, parking, fishing supplies and bait shop, and refreshments. Connecting City Marina with Lake Oliver is the Chattahoochee RiverWalk, a 15-mile long park that runs along the Chattahoochee River. With the first four miles being completed in 1996, the RiverWalk is now a very popular recreation site for walkers, runners, bikers, and rollerbladers.

After a long day in Columbus and the surrounding area, head back to Lake Oliver for a leisurely afternoon to fish for bream, largemouth bass, spotted bass, hybrid striped bass, white bass, crappie, bluegill, and redear sunfish. The best time of year to fish is fall and spring when the water is too cool for other water lovers. Launches are located at City Marina, Goat Rock Recreation Area, and Goat Rock Dam on the Alabama side of Lake Oliver.

Other off-the-lake activities include the Coca-Cola Space Science Center, the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus, and the Heritage Tour and Park. The science center has the Mead Observatory for astronomical viewing, hands-on exhibits, and a theater, while the 40,000 square foot Civil War Naval Museum offers displays, interactive exhibits, and an ironclad simulator. For a tour of historic sites, head to Heritage Park where the industrial heritage of Columbus is celebrated.

Real estate is readily available along the shores of Lake Oliver with vacation rentals and lodging in Columbus and some of the other small towns near the lake. For a quiet weekend on a beautiful Georgia lake, head to Lake Oliver in the fall or spring. With Columbus situated on the shorline, Lake Oliver uniquely offers the solitude of the outdoors with the convenience of the big city.

Things to Do at Lake Oliver

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Picnicking
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Hunting
  • Museum

Fish Species Found at Lake Oliver

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Redear Sunfish (Shellcracker)
  • Spotted Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • Sunfish
  • White Bass

All About Lake Oliver

Best hotels and vacation rentals at Lake Oliver

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Recommended Sites to Book a Lake Oliver Vacation

If you want to take a deeper dive to find waterfront lake cabins, cottages, condos, hotels or resorts, check out our favorite Lake Oliver lodging partners.

  • VRBO – Use VRBO to find the perfect lake rental home, condo, cabin, cottage or other vacation property.
  • Booking.com – One of the world’s leading digital travel companies, Booking.com connects travelers to everything from cozy B&Bs to luxury resorts.
  • Expedia – Expedia is a popular online travel agency with more than 140,000 lodging properties worldwide.
  • Hotels.com – With more than 325,000 hotels in 19,000-plus locations, Hotels.com is an industry leader in online accommodations.
  • TripAdvisor – Read traveler reviews and compare prices on hotels, vacation rentals and more at TripAdvisor.
  • Trivago – Trivago helps travelers compare deals for hotels and other accommodations from a variety of booking sites.
  • KAYAK – KAYAK scours hundreds of other travel websites at once to find the best deals on hotels and other travel-related services.
  • RVshare –RVshare connects travelers interested in renting a motorhome with owners who have RVs to rent.
  • CampSpot – Campspot offers premier RV resorts, family campgrounds, cabins and glamping options across North America.
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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Georgia Power Company

Surface Area: 2,150 acres

Shoreline Length: 40 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 335 feet

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 333 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 337 feet

Maximum Depth: 50 feet

Completion Year: 1959

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  • 2 bathrooms
  • hot tub
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