Camping, Boating and Fishing
Red Top Mountain State ParkPark information: 770-975-4226
Reservations: 800-573-9658 or 770-975-0055
Located on Allatoona Lake, this Georgia State Park is a natural retreat just minutes from Atlanta. Named for the color of its soil, Red Top Mountain was historically an important mining area for iron. Today, this history is portrayed in many of the interpretive programs offered throughout the year.
The park encompasses 1,562 acres on the shoreline of 12,000-acre Allatoona Lake. Its pine and hardwood forest harbors a wide variety of wildlife and rare plant life. Park visitors may encounter these along 12 miles of hiking trails, including the ADA Accessible Lakeside Trail. An heirloom garden of native plants is a treat found at the Park’s Visitor Center. Two enclosed group shelters provide quiet settings for groups of 250 people. Seven additional picnic shelters are ideal for family reunions. Many shelters are situated with open fields for games and much more.
Guests may choose to stay in 18 fully-equipped cottages with lake views. The park also offers 92 tent and RV sites (accommodating RVs up to 40 feet) including one yurt or permanent tent, plus a swimming beach area, boat ramps and docks, miniature golf course, public fishing areas at Bethany Bridge, and tennis courts. Park Marina is a privately operated full-service marina that offers easy access boat rentals to all park visitors.
Things to remember:
Allatoona Lake Water Levels and Boat RampThanks to recent precipitation, Allatoona Lake is at normal Winter lake levels and seasonal boat ramps have reopened. For daily lake levels and Etowah River release schedules call 706-374-7213.
Located only 30 miles from Atlanta, Georgia, Allatoona Lake is situated on the Etowah River, a tributary of the Coosa River. The serene lake and peaceful surroundings offer a respite from the rush of city living, yet Cartersville and all its amenities are just minutes away. Visitors enjoy picnicking and swimming at our parks, camping, hunting, fishing, boating, and observing wildlife along the beautiful shoreline. Allatoona Lake is the largest of 11 public fishing areas including trout streams in Bartow County. The lake offers great fishing for all ages and skill levels.
“Allatoona Lake is a great place to take children and teach them the joys of fishing. I have raised my two sons on the lake and seldom have they been bored on a day out fishing,” said Dale Watkins, Georgia Director, Southern Pro Bass Tournament.
Local Fishing Tips:
For daily lake reports and recreational information visit Allatoona Lake online or contact:
PO Box 487
1138 GA Hwy Spur 20
Cartersville GA 30120
You may obtain a fishing license with Visa or MasterCard by calling 1-888-748-6887. To get a free copy of the current Georgia Sport Fishing Regulations publication, including trout fishing information, contact:
Wildlife Resources Division Fisheries Offices
PO Box 519
Calhoun GA 30703-0519
706-624-1161 or visit online
Boat Rentals & MarinasPark Marina - 770-974-2628 or www.ParkMarine.com
Located adjacent to Red Top Mountain State Park at I-75 Exit 285 east, Park Marina is situated on the deepest water of Allatoona Lake year-round at a depth of more than 100 feet inside the marina. It offers a 24-hour gas dock open year-round, a dockside ship store, boat sales, mooring, repairs and more. Boat Rentals – Pontoons, ski boats and personal watercraft rentals hourly, half-day, full day and overnight. Visa, MasterCard and American Express accepted.
Allatoona Landing Marine Resort – 770-974-6089 or online
At I-75 Exit 283 east. All major credit cards accepted. Fishing licenses and boating supplies.
Wilderness Camp Marina – 770-974-BOAT or online
At I-75 Exit 290 east, located off GA 20 East, the marina offers a large fuel dock, ships store and lakeside dining on tranquil waters at Wilderness Grill, open year-round.
Holiday Harbor Marina – 770-974-2575 or www.lakeallatoona.net
At I-75 Exit 278 east, rents pontoons, runabouts and Craig Cats half-day, full day and 24-hour rental. The 24-hour gas dock accommodates large boats and a full-service ships store offers fishing licenses, supplies and live bait. All major credit cards accepted.
Glade Marina – 770-975-7000 Accessible from I-75 Exit 278, east.
Lakeside Cottages and CampingLove the great outdoors? Then you’ll love the four distinct seasons experienced at Allatoona Lake and Red Top Mountain State Park. In the Cartersville area, the shoreline of Allatoona offers more than 500 secluded RV and tent campsites. Although these sites are surrounded only by the wonders of nature, they are conveniently located within minutes of area attractions, restaurants and shops. Stock up for your week at the lake at one of Cartersville’s grocery stores: Ingles, Kroger, Publix, and Wal-Mart. All have a full-service deli and bakery.
For more camping details see Campsites or to make reservations contact your choice of the following:
Allatoona Landing Marine Resort 770-974-6089 online
RV and tent campsites, furnished modular homes.
Red Top Mountain State Park 800-573-9658 or 770-975-0055 www.RedTopMountain.com
Lakeside cottages, RV and tent campsites.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Campsites 877-444-6777 or www.ReserveUSA.com
McKaskey Campground – Open March-Labor Day
Upper Stamp Creek Campground – CLOSED INDEFINITELY
Clark Creek South Campground – CLOSED INDEFINITELY - Boat Ramp Open
Clark Creek North Campground – Open mid April-Labor Day
Old Highway 41 #3 Campground – Open mid April-Labor Day
RV and tent campsites, group pavilions by reservation only. Managed by Bartow County.
Day Use AreasThere are nine day use areas in Bartow County maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Allatoona Lake and the Etowah River. Several areas offer picnic shelters that are ideal for family reunions, birthday parties and corporate or group gatherings. All are handicap accessible. Facility Use Fee of $4 per vehicle is charged at day use areas with swim beaches. A $3 boat launching fee is charged at day use areas with boat ramps. Annual passes may be purchased. For reservations for the following please call 678-721-6700. Visit Allatoona Lake online for shelter photos, maps and more details.
Bartow County Managed Lakeside ParksGatewood Park offers group pavilions, playground areas, boat ramps, campsites, and shoreline fishing. For pavilion reservations or information call 770-387-5163.
Bartow Carver Park offers a large group community center, swimming beach, playground areas, three small pavilions, one large group picnic shelter with grill, boat ramp, hiking trails and a ball field. For reservations or information call 770-974-6053.
Navy Lake Site on Lake Allatoona166 Sandtown Rd, Cartersville GA 30121
This beautiful 52-acre park is open year round on Allatoona Lake, nestled on a hillside among the Georgia pines. The park is open to members of the Armed Forces, their families, retirees, and DOD personnel providing an opportunity to rest, relax, and recreate. The park offers one, two and three bedroom cabins all fully furnished; plus RV and tent campsites all close to the bathhouse and laundry. The Lake View Lodge seats 200 guests, has a full kitchen, private bathrooms, a huge working fireplace, and an expansive covered porch overlooking the lake. Pavilions are also available for group reservation. Guests will also enjoy lake access, boat rentals, covered boat storage, a “no wake” fishing cove, and a swim beach, For reservations or information call 770-974-6309.
Tube, kayak or canoe the Etowah River. Rentals with safety gear for the whole family are available in Euharlee. Shuttle service is included.
Euharlee Creek Outfitters
110 Covered Bridge Rd, Euharlee GA
Open Monday-Saturday 9 AM-8 PM, Sunday Noon-6 PM
Rental Info Online
1-800-733-2280|Metro Atlanta 770-387-1357
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