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With 15,330 acres of sparkling water against the backdrop of the Oconee National Forest, Lake Sinclair in Georgia is an outdoor enthusiast's premier destination. Located in both the Historic Heartland and Classic South tourist areas of Georgia, Putnam County, Baldwin County, and Hancock County all share the shores of this vacation paradise for visitors and a weekend respite for residents of nearby metro Atlanta and Macon. This popular water playground was formed in 1953 when Georgia Power constructed the Sinclair Dam on the Oconee River for hydropower generation. Georgia Power also created Lake Oconee, upstream of Lake Sinclair. The Wallace Dam separates the two lakes.
Eatonton in Putnam County is a historic area with beautiful tree-lined streets waiting to welcome you to their side of Lake Sinclair. Located in the middle of the Antebellum Trail, some of the finest homes in the south are located here. Native son, Joel Chandler Harris, author of "The Uncle Remus Tales", is memorialized by the local Uncle Remus Museum and a Brer Rabbit Statue standing on the courthouse square.
Baldwin County's Milledgeville is the only surviving example of a complete "Federal Period" city according to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Here you can enjoy a guided tour of the area aboard a trolley highlighting points of interest. Retrace the steps of General Sherman as he marched through the area, including the Old Governor's Mansion and the Old Capital Museum, the building where Georgia legislators voted to secede from the Union. The Candlelight Tour of Homes takes place in December. Each July, Milledgeville is home to water skiing competitions on Lake Sinclair.
Hancock County, the "Hidden Jewel of Georgia", is named for the first signer of the Declaration of Independence, John Hancock. The county is home to many historical sites, including the Millmore Gristmill, location of the 1786 peace treaty between Georgia and the Creek Indian Nation. The Hancock County Courthouse in Sparta, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is a prime example of Victorian architecture.
Lakefront real estate is in high demand, and many waterfront homes are weekend properties used for escape from the hustle and bustle of big city life. Some of these homes are offered as vacation rentals. Bed and Breakfasts, bountiful in southern hospitality, are located in towns, on country farms, or on the shores Lake Sinclair. Cabins and campgrounds are plentiful in the area if you prefer a more rustic setting.
No matter where you choose to unpack your bags, the Lake Sinclair area will keep you busy from morning till the wee hours of night. You can golf at internationally famous golf resorts, shoot sporting clays, play polo, go horseback riding, hike along the many trails by the lake and into the Oconee National Forest, go antique shopping, visit museums and historic sites, have a romantic dinner with scenic views of the lake, or you can just lazily relax on one of the beaches and watch as others swim, canoe, kayak, or jet ski.
Lake Sinclair was designed with fishermen in mind. Home to several fishing tournaments, both local and national, anglers of all fishing skills have enjoyed pulling in catfish, crappie, largemouth bass, striped bass and bream. Numerous boat launches and marinas are available for putting in your fishing boat as well as fishing piers and spots for shoreline fishing.
Imagine sitting in a rocking chair, on a wrap-around porch, sipping southern sweet tea and you are almost there. Come visit the area with southern hospitality and a great lake - Lake Sinclair in Georgia.
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