Named after the town of Burton
- Year Built: 1919
- Shoreline: 62 Miles
- Surface Acres: 2,775
The lake was built in a deep valley located along a 10-mile section of the Tallulah River. The Lake Burton Dam was closed on December 22, 1919 and the lake started to fill. The dam is a gravity concrete dam, with a height of 128 feet and a span of 1,100 feet. The spillway is equipped with eight gates 22 feet wide by 6.6 feet high. The total capacity at an elevation of 1,866.6 feet is 108,000 acre·ft of which 106,000 acre·ft is usable storage. The generating capacity of the dam is 6,120 kilowatts. Lake Burton is the highest Georgia Power Lake in Georgia. House owners rent the land under 99 year leases and all the land is owned by the Georgia Power.
Lake Burton's name was derived from the town of Burton, which was the second largest town in Rabun County with a population of approximately 200. The former town now lies below the lake's surface.
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