About Lake Harding

Nestled on a 5,850-acre reservoir on the Chattahoochee River, beautiful Lake Harding, also known as Bartlett’s Ferry Lake, sprawls out over Harris County, Georgia and Lee County, Alabama.

Formed by Barlett’s Ferry Dam, the Lake was originally built by the Columbus Power Company in 1926 to generate hydroelectric power. Georgia Power purchased the dam and lake in 1930, and it has since been a popular recreational area for local residents, as well as a vacation destination for those who have built lake homes along the well-developed shoreline.

Measuring a depth of over 100 feet at the dam itself, Lake Harding is also home to diverse wildlife, such as alligator snapping turtles, muskrats, and beavers. Several tributaries, such as Halawakee Creek, define the Lake and small islands dot the Lake with unique landmarks. One of the most notable is Houston’s Island, where you can see a freestanding chimney in the ruins of an old lake house.

With several larger cities like Columbus, Georgia, and Auburn, Alabama close by, the Lake offers exciting opportunities to try new restaurants and shops, or to be a tourist for a day. You can even catch a glimpse of the Auburn University Rowing Team during their early morning weekday practices on the Lake.

We invite you to join us and experience life outdoors, stunning lake views, and incomparable sunsets at beautiful Lake Harding. Meet us at the Lake!

Depth: 111 feet (34 m)
Surface elevation: 521 feet (158.8 m)
Mean depth: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Surface area: 5,850 acres (23.7 km2)
Shore length: 156 miles (251 km)
Inflow: Chattahoochee River
Outflow: Chattahoochee River