Standard (Tent/RV)
Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Lake Russell Recreation Area

This North Georgia mountain mecca has something for everyone; swimming, camping, picnicking, hiking, biking, fishing and boating.


The campground has easy access to the beach area, boat ramp, and the adjacent Lake Russell Wildlife management area. There are numerous hiking and biking trails including the Lady Slipper Trail, Lake Russell Foot Trail, Rhododendron Trail and Sourwood Trail. Swimming, fishing and boating opportunities abound.


The campground offers 42 campsites for tents and RVs, however there are no hook ups. Campsites have a fire ring, picnic table and lantern hook. Water is available throughout the campground via water hydrants. Bathrooms are have flush toilets with showers.

The campground area includes a grass covered beach and swimming area, picnic shelter/picnic area, biking, boat launch, fishing dock and dump station.

Natural Features

Nestled in the Chattahoochee Oconee Forest, 100-acre Lake Russell is an ideal summer camping location because of the cool mountain air. There are two paved campground loops for easy access to anything you might want to do here.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors to the area can enjoy exploring Anna Ruby Falls; Brasstown Bald Recreation Area (Georgia's highest point); Cornelia, GA; and the Chenocetah Fire Tower.

ADA Access: N

$18.00 - $36.00
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
No Alcohol
Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Trash Available
No WiFi
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RVs and Trailers
Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Water Hookups
30 amp Hookups
50 amp Hookups
Max Length: 67 ft.
Lake Russell Recreation Area is located in Georgia
34.4932 N
-83.495 W
Get Directions
Take Ga 365/U.S. 23 North from Gainesville past Cornelia to Hwy 197. Turn right for approximately 3 miles until dead-end. Right on Dicks Hill Parkway for approx.3/4 mile. Turn left onto the paved Lake Russell Road.
5 Reviews of Lake Russell Recreation Area
Would recommend

Not as cramped & crowded as State parks. First loop is first come first serve, with sites closer to the beach side of lake, if you're there in the summer. However, the reserved sites on 2nd loop are more private & some offer good lake views. Bathrooms were plenty & decent. Hosts brought firewood by at check-in, available to purchase, very convenient. Cute rural Towns nearby for shopping & eating.

Great Primitive sites

Great spot with plenty of exploring, swimming and fishing spots.

Beautiful lake!

Beautiful lake for fishing with hiking trails around. There’s plenty of dispersed picnic area for day use. I saw some signs that said horses could use one of the hiking trails so that’s cool. Looks a little bit overgrown in the back portion but my guess is since things were shut down for awhile for covid. Very peaceful!

Loved camping here!

We had a blast camping here.

First to Review
A Wonderful Uncrowded Gem

As a native Atlantan, I had never heard of Russell Lake but saw a sign and dropped by. Color me impressed…

2 different loops with 42 sites of varying sizes from tiny to monsterous - assume itncould accommodate RVs. Some sites overlook the lake - which includes a cacophony of frogs, crickets, and deer, Each site includes tent pad, fire ring. picnic table, lantern post. Trash, potable water, and bathhouses accessible on both loops.

I prefer the lower loop bc it is a quick 3 min walk to the large beach and swimming area. No motorized boats are allowed, so the lake is wonderfully peaceful. There are very few people who are at the lake - even on 4th of July wknd!

There are quite a few hiking trails from the easy Russell Lake Loop, to more challenging trails like Ladyslipper.

The campground has had some wear and tear. I spent more than an hour picking up cig butts from one campsite and the bathrooms aren't the greatest… but the Civilian Conservation Corps has been working on cleaning stuff up.

Hint: the bathroom at the beach is MUCH nicer if you don't mind cold showers (hot ones in camp loop). Another bonus is that there is a convenience store just outside the entrance to stock up on ice, etc.