April 2, 2020 – In an effort to facilitate social distancing and prevent the spread of the COVID-19, all organized fishing tournaments through April 30, 2020 have been postponed. However, we realize that the current public-health emergency has many Cherokee county residents looking for safe ways to get outdoors. Fishing at the Hollis Q. Lathem Reservoir is a way for people to connect with nature and still comply with health and safety recommendations. Our plan is to leave the boat launch open as long as government regulations allow and guests maintain social distancing when entering or leaving the boat ramp and parking lot. The CCWSA will continue to monitor CDC, federal, state and local quidelines, as well as activity on and around the lake, to determine if changes are needed. Fishing is a great way to get physical and mental health benefits during this stressful time. We ask that everyone act responsibly and adhere to the social distancing guidelines so the lake can remain open.
Hours: 8am until 5pm – Everyday
Our office doors are closed but we are here to assist as needed.
If you have questions, please call 770-894-4356 Monday through Friday.
Winter Lake Hours: 8am-5pm Ending Friday, May 8th, 2020
Summer Lake Hours: 8am-8pm Begining Saturday, May 9th, 2020
Reservoir Office Open Monday-Friday during the above times (subject to change)
The gate is clock operated, there is no free exit. Visitors need to exit before or by the posted closing time.
Reservoir Office phone: 770.894.4356
A yearly pass may be purchased at the Reservoir Office for $50 (check or cash)
The Reservoir encompasses 334 acres with about 15 miles of shoreline and is surrounded by 150 foot buffer. The lake is located in Cherokee and Dawson Counties; the entrance address is 5436 Cowart Road in Dawsonville, GA 30534.
In 2000 the Reservoir was stocked with Blue Gill, Shell Cracker, Largemouth bass, and Channel catfish. Other species of fish are present, which include, Spotted bass, Redeye, Speckled catfish, and Crappie which were not part of the initial stocking program.
There is only one public access with a boat ramp and paved parking, a daily use fee of five ($5) dollars per vehicle, with on site pay box and instructions. The Reservoir is open to the public year round, except Christmas and New Years Day. Inclement weather can cause closures that are not posted. This is a gated access, with opening and closing performed by CCWSA personnel.
CCWSA ask that all participants practice water safety and help keep the property clean to insure continued public use. State regulations and rules apply to all whom use the Reservoir. DNR officers and CCWSA personnel, patrol the lake to encourage water safety.