Chatuge Dam is an earth-fill type dam across the Hiawassee River about three miles southeast of Hayesville, NC. At full pool elevation, water covers about 3,700 acres in Towns County, GA. There was much speculation on June 12, 1941 that a dam was coming to this area. Clay County would be greatly affected by the TVA purchasing one third of the best farm land. Folks feared that many people would have to leave the county making the taxes higher. According to historian Jerry Taylor, the TVA even worked on Sunday. “Back then folks stopped on Sunday since they attended church,” he said. “But the TVA kept working on the storage dam at the mouth of Shooting Creek in Clay County.” Engineers hoped to have the dam finished in 15 months. Almost 2,000 skilled and unskilled employees would be needed to work nonstop on three shifts. Federal experts started looking into land acquisition. The dam in this area was called Chatuge that is believed to mean “the meeting of the waters.” The local Lions Club started stocking fish in Lake Chatuge on May 22, 1942. The TVA project was finished.
Today, boating and fishing are favorite recreational activities on Lake Chatuge. People also enjoy walking and biking across the dam.
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