West Point Lake is an Army Corps of Engineers Park, located just north of West Point, Georgia. The park is situated on West Point Lake, an artificial reservoir created by a dam built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers along the Chattahoochee River. The dam provides hydroelectric power and allows for flood control in the area. The reservoir is 35 miles long and provides excellent recreational opportunities for fishing and boating. Several recreation and camping areas around the lake provide habitat for wildlife and excellent trails for hiking and biking, as well as sites for picnicking and camping.
West Point Lake is open all year long, with the peak season between May and October. Check out the website for specfic information on seasons and activities Hot humid summers in the region provide plenty of warm weather and sun, for fun on and near the water. Winters are colder and experience rainy periods; however, temperatures are usually above freezing, and snow is very rare so you can still enjoy many activities in this US Army Corp of Engineers Park during the off season. The day use park has a group shelter and picnic shelters, with grills, electric hookups, and flush toilets. There is no overnight camping, but excellent RV camping is situated nearby. Other facilities in the park include basketball and tennis courts. and a playground. Planning on visiting with an RV? Check out https://www.outdoorsy.com/ for RV rentals in your area or near West Point Lake.
Route 212 in Georgia runs through West Point Lake Park, and provides access from the north and south of the park. If approaching from the north use Route 222 and turn south onto Route 212, proceed five miles, and turn left onto W Point Dam Road to reach the park entrance.
Travelling from the south from West Point, it is about a six minute drive. Head north on 3rd Avenue until it becomes S Stateline Road/212. Proceed north to W Point Dam Road and turn right to reach West Point Lake.
Alternatively you can take Resource Management Road/Dam Road from the east and south sides of the lake to get to West Point Lake. You will need to cross the bridge over the Chattahoochee River. This is a narrow, paved, two-lane bridge, and may not be appropriate for large RV units. Continue for 0.6 miles after the bridge, you will see a sign to Hardley Creek Park. Turn left to reach West Point Lake.
All roads and parking lots are paved and smooth for RVs and trailer travel. The parking lot is large and has several pull through spots for RVs.
RV campers can stay at the Amity, US Army Corps of Engineers campground, located six miles north on Route 212, about a 10 minute drive.
Amity is a Corps of Engineers Campground with excellent RV camping amenities. The campground has 75 serviced sites with electric and water hookups for RVs and trailers. Looking to rent an RV nearby to camp at Amity? Check out Outdoorsy’s RV rentals in the West Point, Georgia area.
The campground is open from mid April to mid September. Situated on the lake with rolling hills and heavily treed sections, this campground offers amenities for campers and a natural setting.
Recreational facilities include a playground, tennis court, and basketball court. West Point Lake is great for fishing and boating. Sailing, power boating, kayaking and canoeing are popular activities on the large deep lake.
Amenities include a boat ramp, sani-dump station, flush toilets, showers, washer and dryer, 30 and 50 amp electric and water hookups. There are some waterfront sites available. Pets must remain leashed and visitors should note that gates are locked between 10 PM and 7 AM. Please use firewood available at the campground instead of bringing in your own to prevent the spread of disease. For more information visit the COE Amity Campground site.
West Lake Reservoir is a popular lake for fishing and angling, with 40 square miles of water. There are also several creeks, and the Chattahoochee river in the vicinity. The lake has bass, catfish, crappie and bream. You can fish from a boat or from shore. There's a public fishing pier located at West Point Lake, and at several other recreation areas along the lake. The pier at Hardley Creek is ADA accessible. Hardly Creek Park also has a small pond for fishing, which is ideal for children or people with mobility issues.
West Point Lake has excellent picnic facilities with picnic shelters and a group use area. A playground situated nearby is great for little ones on day outings and tennis and basketball courts make for a fun afternoon game with family and friends, but remember bring your own gear. Pack a lunch or dinner, and head out in the summer for an outdoor feast. For a twist on the usual picnic fare, why not try out Campground Tacos for your meal?
Enjoy the natural environment with views of the lake, open and treed areas. Do not feed local wildlife and ensure you use trash receptacles for garbage or better yet pack refuse it with you.
There is a kayak and canoe launch at West Point Lake which provides an excellent opportunity to enjoy the lake at a leisurely pace. Local marinas and boat launches at other sites around the lake allow for power boats and sailboats to access the lake. Water sports are popular on the lake, but use caution especially on busy weekend days in the summer when there is lots of boat traffic. Remember kayaks, canoes, and sail boats are not as maneuverable as power boats. Ensure there is a life vest for each occupant of your watercraft onboard at all times.
West Point Lake has several paved walking trails that are easy for pedestrians of all ability levels to trek and enjoy. The West Point Lakeside trail is a longer, nearby loop trail, on the south side of the lake, near Lagrange, Georgia. This trail is level and also good for various ability levels. Dogs are permitted on the trails but must be kept on a leash. Fall is an excellent time to enjoy a hike along the lake with the leaves changing on the trees and spectacular autumn colors.
The roads and paved trails in Hardley Park are excellent for cycling. Bring your bike and enjoy a spin, especially in the fall when the leaves are changing colors. The Lakeside Trail on the south side of the lake is a longer paved trail for cyclists to enjoy. This 6.4 mile loop has views of the lake and lots of shady treed spots. Be sure to yield to pedestrians and watch out for wildlife on the trails. Safety equipment including a helmet is recommended when cycling on the trails.
You will see plenty of birds, small mammals, and amphibians like frogs along the lake and in the treed areas of West Point Lake. A large wildlife management area occupying just under 10000 acres is located on the north side of the lake providing habitat for numerous animals and plants. During the off season you may need to bundle up if it is chilly, but less people in the park, means more likelihood of spotting critters that are too shy to appear when there are lots of people around.