Lake Blue Ridge Marina Has Everything You Need
Twenty-five years ago, Eve and Herb Windham, with a love of the water, bought Lake Blue Ridge Marina, which was built in 1950. Today the marina has grown into a three-generation family-owned business employing sons Donnie, and Johnny LeSesne, their spouses and their children’s children.
The full-service Lake Blue Ridge Marina sits on the jewel-like mountain lake at a 1690 full pool. It’s fed by the Toccoa River, which has no industry or town that empties into it making it a pristine lake site. It’s surrounded by 100 miles of shoreline, most of which is undeveloped Forest Service land. The lake is a part of the Tennessee River System and The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and the Blue Ridge Dam being one of the largest earthen dams in North America.
Lake Blue Ridge Marina is TVA certified clean meaning that the marina is diligent about protecting the valuable water quality of the lake. Strict management of oil and gas control, sewage, marina sting and erosion keeps the marina in compliance with pollution-control standards which allows them the privilege of using the Clean Marina log and flag. Boaters can come to enjoy watersports at Lake Blue Ridge Marina with your own boat or watercraft or you can rent from the marina. If you come to fish, remember that a Georgia fishing license is required. Licenses aren’t sold at the marina, so they must be obtained before you plan a day or more of fishing. (To obtain a license call:1. 800. 366. 2661) Walleye, white bass and small mouth bass can be caught here.
Lake Blue Ridge Marina rents Bennington Pontoons that provide comfortable rides around the lake. The boats are designed to give full sun or shade as desired. However, keep in mind that there are rules to follow: The driver must be age 21 and have a valid driver’s license to rent. A major credit card is also required. For safety’s sake, only eight adults are allowed, no exceptions. No pets or grills are allowed on the boats, but bringing your own cooler for a picnic is encouraged. Half day rentals are from 9am to1pm or 1pm to 5pm and full day rentals are 9am to 5pm.
If you want to enjoy camping as a part of your fishing or boating get-away, Jenny LeSesne says, “There isn’t any camping here at the marina. But there is an area at Morganton Point with camping spots right on the water.” She also notes that the marina’s convenient June Bugs Ship Store was named after a previous employee, June Mowers, “She claimed the store as her own and took very good care of it.” The store continues to sell just what you need for boating fun: supplies, live bait, souvenirs, lake maps, parking permits, beverages, plus clothing, skis, boards, wave runners, etc. Cash, checks, and all major credit cards are accepted.
In addition to launching your own boat or watercraft or renting one, Lake Blue Ridge Marina’s showroom stocks Bennington Pontoon Boats and Yamaha Personal Watercraft for sale. They also provide one of north Georgia’s finest service departments for boats and watercraft. And, of course, you can get gassed up at the dock. The marina also provides ample space for wet slips, with rates that include covered and uncovered, as well as dry storage.
After enjoying a relaxing, fun experience at the marina and the lake you might want to inquire about Eve Windham’s property sales that are a separate business from Lake Blue Ridge Marina, although information can be obtained at the marina. That dream spot may be waiting for you, with a beckoning lake life nearby in the mountains of north Georgia, nestled just like the popular Lake Blue Ridge Marina at the foothills of the gateway to the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Reservations are recommended at Lake Blue Ridge Marina for weekends and holidays. AC
Lake Blue Ridge Marina,
335 Marina Drive, B
(P.O. Box 150)
Blue Ridge, GA 30513
(located off Old Hwy, 76, just before the dam),
or visit the website at www.lakeblueridgemarina.com