About Lake Blackshear
Lake Blackshear was created in 1930 by the damming of the Flint River to provide low cost power to the citizens of Crisp County. In the last several years, not only has Lake Blackshear served Crisp County with power but has also become a valuable recreational and wildlife facility in southwest Georgia.
Lake Blackshear borders five counties (Crisp, Dooly, Lee, Sumter& Worth) and contains approximately 8,700 acres, an average depth of 20 feet and an average width of 3/4 mile. The lake elevation is normally maintained within 1.5 feet of 237' msl (mean sea level), the maximum pool elevation. The amount of rainfall can cause exceptions to this, and the Crisp County Power Commission will occasionally have planned and publicized drawdowns for necessary maintenance and to allow property owners adjacent to the lake an opportunity to repair piers and boathouses.
There are a number of public access ramps located around Lake Blackshear. Open to the public for recreational purposes are three county parks and one 1,300 acre state park. Included among the facilities available at these areas are cottages,camp sites, picnic areas, swimming, boat ramps and fishing docks.