RIVERS AND LAKES

 

  The Soque River uniquely contained entirely within Habersham County
  in the northernmost portion of the upper Chattahoochee watershed
  of northeast Georgia. Tributaries to the Soque River begin in the Tray
  Mountain Wilderness Area, merging with Soque as it flows into farms
  and land in Goshen Valley near Batesville in northern Habersham County.
  The Soque is famous for its trout, attracting sportsmen from all over
  the continent.



 

  The Chattahoochee River begins in Northeast Georgia and meanders
  southwest through the state, joining the Flint River on its journey to
  Florida and finally the Gulf of Mexico.The Indian word Chattahoochee
  means “river of painted rocks” to describe the beautiful outcroppings
  of rocks in and around the river.  In Habersham County the Chattahoochee 
  River merges with the Soque River to make a wide and peaceful flowing
  tributary, popular with kayakers, canoers and fishermen.


 

 

  The Lake Russell Wildlife Management Area, 770 297-3000,located just outside of
  Cornelia, in the
Chattahoochee National Forest
, offers fishing, hiking, picnic pavilions
  and camping for both primitive and RV campers. Nearby Nancy Town Lake
campground
  has access to Lady Slipper hiking and horseback riding trails and Sourwood foot trail





 




  While
Lake Burton isn’t technically in Habersham County, it’s really only a
  stone’s throw over the county line and lots of folks travel
Scenic Highway 197
  to get to the 2,800 acre lake.
The 
Lake Burton Fish Hatchery (706) 947-1507
  and 
Moccasin Creek State Park  (706) 947-3194 are located just north of the county
  line. Fishermen adore the lake for its large variety of fish including black crappie,
  bluegill, spotted bass, brown trout, catfish, largemouth bass, white bass, rainbow
  trout, walleye and yellow perch.