Information about Lake Sinclair and why you want to own property here

Lake Sinclair was created in 1953 when Georgia Power Company completed the Sinclair Dam. The dam, begun in 1929, is located at Furman’s Shoals on the fall line in the Oconee River. The Great Depression of the 1930s and the Second World War interrupted work on the dam. Increased demand for electricity after the war resulted in resumption of the project in 1949 and completion in 1953. The Sinclair Dam has been providing electricity for Georgians continually since its dedication.


The water in Lake Sinclair is not only used to produce electricity at Sinclair Dam, but also re-circulated through Wallace Dam as part of a pumped storage operation. During times of low electrical use, water from Lake Sinclair is pumped back up to Lake Oconee. Then, at times of heavy electrical use, the water is again run through the turbines at Wallace Dam to produce electricity. Plant Branch formerly on Lake Sinclair, a coal burning plant, closed in April of 2015.


The lake, set in the rolling hills and forest of the Georgia Piedmont, has 15,330 acres of water and over 417 miles of shoreline. It is fed by the waters of the Oconee River, Little River and many large creeks. The lake offers boating, fishing, swimming, skiing, camping, marinas and nationally-recognized fishing tournaments. Popular game fish in the lake include white, striped & hybrid bass, black crappie, bream, and channel catfish.


Lake Sinclair is located in Putnam, Baldwin & Hancock Counties. For golfers, the Milledgeville Country Club (a private club) offers members and their guests lighted tennis courts, a swimming pool and an 18-hole par 72 golf course. A second golf course, Little Fishing Creek Golf Course, is county maintained and is next to the Recreation Department on GA Hwy 22 W. It is an 18-hole par 72 course, also. Laid out by the firm of touring pro Gary Player, Little Fishing Creek is becoming one of the
 best courses in the Middle Georgia area. The course is open to the public seven days a week.


Of great interest is the history of Milledgeville, which is home to Georgia College & State University and Georgia Military College. The magnificent Old Governor’s Mansion, a National Historic Landmark which served as the home of ten Georgia governors, is now the office of the President of Georgia College & State University. Allied Arts is a community arts organization whose purpose is to serve the cultural needs of Milledgeville and Baldwin County. Allied Arts joins with the students of Georgia College & State University to perform plays and host other cultural activities.


Great fishing and boating, mild climate, convenient shopping, cultural activities, churches and one hour drive to the Atlanta International Airport make Lake Sinclair a great weekend get-a-way as well as a great place to live!  Lake Sinclair is very centrally located in the state.  We're just half an hour drive from Interstates I-20, I-16 & I-75.  But when you're here at Lake Sinclair you feel like the city traffic and noise are so far away.  At night you can see the starts and hear the frogs and crickets.  Come spend some time visiting Lake Sinclair and I promise you'll want to stay.

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Comment balloon 17 commentsTammy Lankford, • February 14 2016 09:26PM


Tammy Lankford Thank you for introducing me to Lake Sinclair and its history.  It sounds like a great place to call home.

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) over 4 years ago

Good morning Tammy. I appreciate the history, it woulds like so many good things happened as a result of the work done by the Georgia Power Company.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 4 years ago

Good morning Tammy. A great get away to recharge the batteries! Enjoy your day!

Posted by Wayne Martin, Real Estate Broker - Retired (Wayne M Martin) over 4 years ago

Good morning Tammy. Sounds like Lake Sinclair is  a great place to live.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago

Lake Sinclair definitely sounds like a place that I would enjoy visiting someday, so I hope I get the chance to do so!

Posted by Brian England, MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ (Arizona Focus Realty) over 4 years ago

I was not aware that Lake Sinclair is in 3 counties. Just for comparison purposes, Tammy, what does 15,330 acres of water equate to -- what size, like as big as Guam? I can't visualize this in my head.

Posted by Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Realtor Top 1%, Put 40 years of experience to work for you (RE/MAX Gold) over 4 years ago

Hello Tammy Lankford 

You certainly know the Lake Sinclair area and home buyers only need to know your name when looking for property there!

Posted by Lisa Von Domek, ....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless! (Lisa Von Domek Team) over 4 years ago

Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents Guam is about 200 square miles, the city of Sacramento about 100 square miles.  My lake is just under 25 square miles.  So it's about as big as 1/8th of Guam.  Has 417 miles of shoreline though.  Interesting question and you made me have to do some math.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Elyse Berman it's a beautiful place to call home.

Joe Petrowsky absolutely and they are today still wonderful stewards of the lake they own. They have clean up days and work hard to manage the shoreline to keep it beautiful and as natural as possible while still allowing residents access and enjoyment of the lake.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Wayne Martin I feel like my batteries are instantly recharged each time I look at the water.

Gita Bantwal feels that way too.  I love it here.  I am looking forward to it being warm enough to kayak again.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Brian England I hope you get to visit.

Lisa Von Domek it's a beautiful place my family has been calling home for generations.  I love to tell new folks about the streets named after people in my ancestry . 

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Great information on Lake Sinclair- sounds like an incredible place for a boater like myself!

Posted by David Artigliere, ARTI Home Inspections, ASHI Certified Home Inspect (Reading, Pottstown, Norristown, Philadelphia) over 4 years ago

Hi, Tammy...excellent localism post. Someday I will have to come by and do some fishing. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) over 4 years ago

Tammy, sure sounds like a great place to retire with absolutely stunning views.  What are the average temperatures this time of year?

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 4 years ago

That is excellent information Tammy and shows you know your local information. It won't be long until you will be back out on the lake, enjoying a warm afternoon of peace and quiet.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 4 years ago


You certainly are knowledgeable about Lake Sinclair's history and use, among many other things not mentioned here. Anyone wanting to know about the area, and to purchase and sell, should make the savvy move to get in touch with you before buying ot selling. They won't regret it!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 4 years ago

That description sounds wonderful Tammy Lankford and but for a few name changes, sounds like Smith Mountain Lake.   Those who have not experienced our kind of "lake living" just don't realize what they are missing in life.

Posted by DEANNA EARLY - - ( NMLS # 268590 ), Highest Ranked Mortgage Loan Originator Virginia (American National Bank & Trust) over 4 years ago