Smith Lake at Unicoi State Park, Georgia

The 44 acre Smith Lake, which is often called Unicoi Lake, is the centerpiece of Unicoi State Park. The lake not only provides opportunities for swimming and fishing, it also adds another beautiful element to the scenic forest landscape of the north Georgia mountains. This aesthetic aspect of the lake is readily apparent when you drive over the causeway on GA 356. It can be appreciated even more while walking the trail that goes around the lake or by spending time at a number of places in Unicoi State Park where you can access the lake's shoreline.

The Beach

There is a sand beach and small swimming area where your children can swim in Smith Lake.


Fishing Unicoi Lake and Smith Creek

There are numerous fishing docks around the edge of the lake. Anglers can catch catfish, bluegill, and bass. Georgia state fishing licenses are required. If you need some advice about getting started with fishing, check out how to fish in freshwater.

Smith Creek has two sections - above the lake and below that lake - that allow trout fishing. There are brook trout, rainbow trout, and brown trout in the creek.

Both the lake and creek are subject to the state of Georgia fishing regulations. You must follow the state's licensing and catch requirments.


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