I had been wanting to paddle the northern end of Lake Yonah for over a year. Finally, this past weekend I had the opportunity. A small park that is maintained by Georgia Power is located near the dam and provides excellent access to the lake. The dam separates Lake Yonah from Tugaloo Lake. It was just all a matter of hunting down directions and journeying into the gorge area. We found the right road and were surprised with a fantastic view of Tugaloo Lake and its dam! The well maintained road goes down for close to 1.5 miles.
Lake Yonah is clear and in the shallow parts near the shoreline, we could see rocks and fish. When we arrived, storm clouds were gathering and we had to unload the boats and hop back in our SUVs until the showers passed. We had no idea of what was in store for us. The lake in this section has a natural feel of “Tallulah Gorge.” Rock walls tower up around its banks and exposed rocks are large and beautiful.
I think I have written this before but Pat takes her photos and posts them immediately to Facebook. So if you see something she has taken in some wild environment, you can bet there was a cell signal.
While we were looking in the shallow water, we noticed all the mussels that had opened. I told her that I believe the native Indians collected shells like these and made necklaces out of them for trade. At least that sounds a little like a Kelly Vickers story.
Finally here is another Georgia Power Plant. For me, they all have the same creepy demeanor. Somehow, I am drawn to them like a moth to a flame but I also want to run like heck at their sight. It probably has to do with the 15 minutes of air time that I gave the movie “The Shining” years ago.