Welcome to our web site and thank you for your interest in Lake Nottely. We have started a great 2016 in helping to keep the lake and environs healthy and enjoyable for all and being involved in community activities. Final event coming up on October 1 – Lake Clean-up.
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Lake Clean-up October 1 – see event page.


Picnic and Annual Meeting –  Saturday, Aug 20, 2016 at 2:45p.m.

Well here it is – the grand picnic with a new compelling reason for you to be at the Poteete Park pavilion this coming Saturday. We have entertainment – Elvis will perform. We will have elections and the Board of Directors is introducing two changes to the By-Laws affecting the size of the BOD for your consideration. 

Update: He is alive and doing great. Elections brought on a new president – Lynn Varian and First VP Doy Lively. Once again Ranger Dyer of GA DNR updated us on the lake and Sheriff Mason spoke as well.













Safety On and Around the Lake
A public forum open to all. Hosted by us.

Saturday, July 16, 2016 at 7 p.m.  
Representatives of TVA, GA DNR, USFS, Union County will address issues affecting our community in a Q&A session. Topics for consideration are: shoal water markers, boating safety and enforcement, lake lot and part-time residents’ issues, debris containment, muddy water run-off from construction.

A second presentation by county and city development leaders to address plans including managing growth.

Update. We have received TVA input from Melinda Watson. We are compiling the info and will post here.




Are you ready for some BBQ? Fellowship? Great Time? Our picnic is this Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 3 p.m. at Poteete. Boat in the parade is the door prize (assuming owners agree). Bring a side dish or dessert to share. Barry is picking up the main dish. George has the beverages (soft). We plan some short presentations on new stuff on the lake. 

Update: We had a fine gathering on a sunny and windy day. Great food (desserts) and the other food was good too. Nottely Marina and Nottely Boat Club (both LNIA sponsors) gave presentations on their services and future plans. Ranger Dyer thanked us for the T-Shirts that are again a big hit with the kids who get them for wearing their life vests while boating. (Pat yourselves on your backs for helping kids keep safe and wise). Sheriff Mason updated us on his department’s recent activities. Commissioner Paris was able to visit with us, as well. Boat owners (Mike and Karen) declined to offer their boat but we did see a jet ski pulling a dock we might be able to get a good deal on for the next picnic.


MEMORIAL DAY PARADE***May 28, 2016***  We are participating in the parade – again. Members get to be part of our entry for FREE. Non-members – $5,000. We need walkers and riders. The walkers will hand out candy and POW-MIA flags. The riders will wave in comfort. Get to the start point NLT 9:30 a.m. (368 School Cir) just SE of the Union County War Memorial Park. This is the 150th anniversary of Memorial Day observations. Parade starts at 10. Ceremony at the park will follow the parade, another special event.

Update. Let’s start with the important info about our observance of Memorial Day events in the county – another fantastic ceremony at the war memorial paying tribute to those servicemen and women who died protecting our freedom. May they rest in peace and may we always remember the steep price of our freedom.

Did you see us in the parade? We had a great group participate which helped make it easier and more enjoyable. Sixteen of us (we have pictures for proof) decorated the float (boat – thanks Mike and Karen), walked and rode the route handing out candy and POW/MIA miniature flags to the spectators. Great time. Thanks to the organizers (veteran groups) who once again ran a fantastic event that accurately reflects the spirit and culture of our fine North Georgia community (including our part-time residents). There will be room for you next year. So here are the pics – wait a minute, newsflash, we will give away Mike’s boat as a door prize at the July picnic so you will want to be there.

Setting up the boat. At this rate, lucky we made it.
Setting up the boat. At this rate, lucky we made it.



Good looking group, room for more.
Good looking group, room for more.


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Guys falling behind parade walkers
Guys falling behind parade walkers


Road Clean-up

Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10 a.m. Meet at the picnic table, just west of the dam on Hwy 325. We need you. If you didn’t get an email on this, we do not have your email address. You can reach us at lniablast@outlook.com – Thanks.

Update on Road Clean-up.

We successfully completed

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the second of our two spring clean-up events on Saturday, May 14 with a two mile road clean-up along the Nottely dam area. Eleven members, including three from the Atlanta area and one from Florida, swept the accumulated trash from Hwy 325 shoulders and ditches. Our effort amounted to enough trash to fill up a pick-up truck. We coordinated with TVA, Kimmy Garrett, who provided bags, gloves and took care of the trash disposal.

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Martha, Jane, Tom from Atlanta area; Frank from FL. Carolyn, Moriah, George are locals. You figure out who is who.
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The others just look good. These five did the hard work.












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Others were still bundling up. See the fun you missed?


Spring 2016 Lake Clean-up

Hi there just a quick summary of the event. But first, before you quit reading, thanks to Nottely Marina (Captain Shane Doucette) for providing the pontoon boat for hauling us around and the Lakeside Village for allowing us to gather at their community center, providing breakfast and use their dock. So, some 2,000 of us loaded up the pontoon

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and headed out in several iterations to hit the shores like a Marine expeditionary force. We concentrated on mid-lake area focusing on Forest Service (our) property. It was a bit blistery but sunny. Good thing we embarked because it was a treasure rich environment. Who knew that so many “sportsmen” were using the lake and leaving behind evidence of their visits. But, in a confidential conversation with one of the worm containers, it admitted that the worms were at fault because while the fisherman was dozing they hoisted up the container and hid out of sight – think of Navy guys hefting a rubber boat. Not to be ignored, we should mention our gardeners who contribute plastic containers. Again they are not at fault because new thought says they don’t need to put rocks or pottery shards in the bottom of the containers. These nautical novices don’t understand the reason for the ballast is not to allow drainage but rather hold the pot in place against our hurricane force winds. Apparently, we have a user population that hasn’t served in the military. If they had, they would put dummy cords (Army term) on their dip cans. How so many cans can escape from back pockets is beyond me. I had heard folks in the olden days would put logs in the river and float them on down for sale; must be good money for construction debris somewhere. Robinson Crusoe would not have a problem getting bottled messages out or even using tin cans for a shelter on our lake and bottled water(?) is plentiful as well. Some states make a cottage industry of bottle and can deposits, maybe Georgia should think on this. We could make this a profitable adventure. Styrofoam is abundant so if you invent a use for it, you might be able to build a castle on the lake. There were signs of responsible users as well. Denver noted a picnic area that had been well kept up. In summary (that’s where I started this) the twenty or so folks who participated did a great service to our community and finished in time for an afternoon nap. We have other events coming up and look forward to seeing you whether it is at the road clean-up, Memorial Day parade, picnic, education meeting, and on and on and on. Thanks for being part of a great organization.

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Denver with results from first boat run. Other dumps followed. TVA volunteered to pick-up the accumulated trash. We had already picked out the good stuff.


Those dam trails are open.

Friday, April 8 Union County and TVA conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony opening up the trails to walkers, joggers and bikers.

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These trails, located on Hwy 325 just west of the dam, are a great addition to the recreational assets of the lake. Eight or ten LNIA members were there as evidence of our appreciation of the joint effort by the county and TVA (well ok maybe the free food afterwards helped ensure our presence). There are about two and one-half miles of groomed, eight foot wide trails plus additional trails to be developed in the future. Multiple picnic tables on a picturesque cove about one-third mile from the west parking lot should be a draw for a leisurely outing. This county and TVA warrant a well-earned ATTABOY and they plan on further improvements. They have also been working a trail system below the dam which is also mighty impressive. Remember – Leave no trace of your visit.

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Some members had already started hiking. Sign behind is actually a map of the area. Photo reflection shows happy participants.