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Dog River Reservoir a unique, precious resource for drinking water, recreation
by Liz Marino
February 14, 2013 11:43 AM | 3307 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Liz Marino<br>Cheyenne Blackwell and Otha Chapman, standing on the fishing pier that overlooks the 256-acre lake, oversee the security and attendance at the Dog River Reservoir Recreational Complex which opens to the public on March 1.
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Peaceful and tranquil are two words that describe the Dog River reservoir, Douglas County’s most unique and precious resource for clean drinking water and family recreation.

It is a place to visit, relax and enjoy nature, take a leisurely paddle along its 256-acre lake, or dip a hook in its well-stocked lake, located in a secluded portion of south Douglas County off Hwy. 166.

During the open season, which runs from March 1 until the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the complex offers a boat dock, fishing pier, johnboat rental, pavilion for group rentals, picnic tables, grills, a gazebo which gives a panoramic view of the lake, vending machines and restroom facilities.

“Because the complex was built with water quality as the main priority,” said Barbara Williams, communications coordinator for the Douglasville-Douglas County Water and Sewer Authority, “the forested areas, which naturally filter water, were preserved and the roadbeds were built with gravel to absorb motor oil and other urban runoff.”

Swimming and gasoline-powered boats are also prohibited to protect water quality, added Williams.

The initial 212-acre reservoir was completed in 1992, impounding 1.2 billion gallons of water. The reservoir was expanded in 2008 and 2009 to cover the present 256 acres, increasing the contained volume at 1.9 billion gallons.

The recreational complex was set aside for public recreation in 1994, allowing only Douglas County residents, property owners, business owners and their guests to use the area.

Williams said, “Public use of the reservoir is restricted in order to keep the 1.9 billion gallons of water in the lake – our community’s drinking water supply – as clean as possible.”

The fishing is great, according to Otha Chapman, who staffs the complex and handles security and attendance for the water authority.

He said the reservoir is well-stocked with large-mouth bass, shellcrackers — also known as bluegill — channel and mudcat, or flathead catfish, black crappie, carp, sunfish, bream and bass.

All resident fishermen 16 and older are required to have a current Georgia fishing license in their possession to fish in Georgia waters, and adhere to all Department of Natural Resources regulations, he reminded.

During open season, the complex opens at 7:30 a.m. and closes at sunset. Rates range from $1 for picknickers to a $5 boating launch to a $25 per day boat rental.

For more information, call (770) 949-7671 or visit the website at

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