About Jackson Lake
Jackson Lake offers, hands down, the best lakefront value in Georgia! Far quieter and less built-up than others, those ‘in the know’ get to enjoy the best of ALL worlds here, with fun water sports, great fishing and safe swimming in its clear, deep waters PLUS privacy, peace, space and freedom, and all for considerably less $/SqFt than elsewhere – despite its convenient proximity to both Macon and Atlanta.
Sat in thousands of acres of forest, and close to state parks and charming towns, the 3,600 acre Jackson Lake boasts 135 miles of winding shoreline with consistent year-round water levels, and an abundance of secluded coves and inlets – like Hardy Neck, which is home to 360 Loh Road.
History of Jackson Lake
Some 45 miles southeast of Atlanta, Jackson Lake is one of the oldest reservoirs in Georgia. In 1911, construction of the Lloyd Shoals Dam at the confluence of the Yellow, Alcovy and South rivers was completed to begin generating electricty for the nearby city of Macon. Below the dam, the outlet is the Ocmulgee River.
It all began in 1907, when Jordan Massee, Sr. and associates bought the Macon Railway and Light Company from Jacob Collins of Savannah. After acquiring it, Masse put together the Bibb Power Company, which soon became known at the Central Georgia Power Company. The power company acquired the land that the facility is on from Captain William F. Smith of Butts County.
Despite the economic decline of the time, Masse convinced A. B. Leach and Company of New York to endorse the project. He then arranged a trip for 200 northern bankers to come south and survey the site. Most of them invested, most notably of which were James I. Buchanan of the Pittsburg Trust Company and a representative from the Bank Of Scotland, the son of the English Earl of Weymouth.
Things To Do
Whether you fish from your boat or the bank, the fishing is said to be great here, particularly for bass. Jackson Lake is also well stocked with various crappie, sunfish, and catfish species. Check out the first video on this page for top tips on the best bass fishing at Jackson Lake.
Watersports, Boating & Swimming
Jackson Lake features six marinas, and three public areas maintained by Georgia Power. Water skiing, wakeboarding, kayaking, tubing, boating and swimming are all safe here. We have also loved our romantic sunrise and sunset cruises, or trips over to brunch or dinner spots.
Hardy’s Neck where Rose Heron is located is a particularly peaceful spot on Jackson Lake, so bird life is plentiful and you will likely meet ‘our’ Heron as soon as you visit, as well as our Hummingbird friends.
We’ve never tried it, but we are reliably informed that there are over 25 caches within a few miles for the geo-cachers in your family.
Food & Drink
Bear Creek Marina & Restaurant – casual dining, drinks, live music and karaoke. Huge deck and covered area outside plus an inside bar area.
Frank’s Restaurant – family owned seafood restaurant and sports bar, established back in the 70s.
Lakeview Restaurant & Marina – another Jackson Lake stalwart with something for everyone on the family friendly menu, including a very popular salad bar!
The Blind Pig BBQ – ranked #5 Best BBQ Restaurant in GA by Atlanta Magazine! Pulled pork, turkey, St. Louis style ribs, and on Sundays, smoked chicken, as well as other items for the non-barbecue eaters.
Reasor’s Landing / Fire & Ice – Full service marina and restaurant. Friendly customer service and a repair shop with experienced mechanics who service all makes and models of boats. Whether you plan to fish, wakeboard, ski or pleasure ride, Reasor’s Landing has you covered.
Our nearest convenience store, Larry’s 4 Way Stop, is a local catch-all gas station. This review sums up its charm pretty well! There’s also a Subway, a Little Caesar’s, a Dollar General and a locally owned fast food favorite, Pizza Wings & Things, at this spot.
Monticello, our nearest town, is great for basic supplies. Stores include Ingles Market, CVS, Family Dollar, Russell’s Convenience and Dairy Queen and there’s a post office and handful of independent stores too. Check out The Vanilla Bean, on the quaint town square, for breakfast, coffee and desserts.
Jackson Lake Association
The Jackson Lake Association (JLA) promotes the interests and concerns of Jackson Lake. Areas of focus include the environment, safety, and property protection, just to name a few. The organization’s main goal is to make Jackson Lake a great place to live by promoting fellowship, education, communication, and improvement of the quality of life at Jackson Lake. Membership is open to all members of the community.
If you’re new to the lake, membership in JLA is a great way to meet your neighbors and get involved in the community. General meetings are held four times annually at the FFA/FCCLA Camp located on Hwy 36, north of the intersection of Hwy 36 and Hwy 212. The meeting begins with dinner and is followed by an informational or entertaining guest speaker and the business meeting.