The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers welcomes you to Carters Lake, one of the most scenic lakes in the Southeast, featuring the highest earthen dam east of the Mississippi. When you visit Carters Lake, there are many things you'll be sure to notice. It's a large lake preserved in its natural, pristine state. Sixty-two miles of shoreline wrap around 3,500 acres of water to form an 11 mile long boater's paradise.
The Carters Lake Visitor Center is a a great place to begin your visit. Interpretive displays at the Center illustrate more about local wildlife, flora and history. Informative maps and brochures are available, and the staff is more than happy to answer your questions.
The lake is rich in history. Archaeological studies date Native American habitation in this region to potentially as early as around 5,000 B.C. European influence in this area began in 1539 when Hernando De Soto, with over 600 people, spent almost a month camped at the village of Coosa. Believe to have been located at the valley below Carters Dan, Coosa was at that time one of the most important centers of power in the Southeast. The people of Coosa, ancestors of the Creek Indians, abandoned this area and moved westward after European diseases and other factors ravaged the population. Later, in the 1700s, the Cherokee Indians began to make this area home.