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HISTORY & INFORMATION
JACKSON LAKE and LLOYD SHOALS DAM
1902 - 1907 Bibb Power Company works on financing and planning for hydroelectric station.
1908 company changes name to Central Georgia Power and contracts with Georgia Construction Company to build the dam and impound Jackson Lake. In January 1909 construction was underway and some 500 cubic yards of concrete were poured daily and some 500 workers were housed nearby. In November 1910 work was completed and on February 23rd 1911 the initial power was generated.
Lloyd Shoals Dam contains approx. 160,000 yards of masonry is 11 feet wide at the crest and 95 feet at the extreme. The spillway occupies 1,070 feet span and 100 feet in height. When constructed, the Lloyd Shoals Dam was the largest hydroelectric plant in Georgia used to generate power.
The Lake Reservoir covers 4,750 acres and has 135 miles of shoreline and the sea level elevation is 530 feet msl. The Ocmulgee River is the main body of Lake Jackson and is formed by the Alcovy, Yellow and South rivers, and Tussahaw Creek. There are over 2,200 dwellings on Lake Jackson and approx. 700 of these properties are on Georgia Power leased lots.
Georgia Power offers recreation, picnicking and a public beach at the dam area, and also offers a tour of the dam itself.
In order for you to make repairs to your property (Docks, Seawalls, etc.) Ga. Power has a winter drawdown period, however, because so many conditions affect drawdowns (rainfall amounts, etc.) these dates are subject to change without notice. The drawdowns are typically done during the late fall and/or winter months every 3-5 years.
There are many, many very interesting stories and facts about Lake Jackson's history (ask some ole timers).
The Georgia Power personnel are extremely helpful if you need information concerning Lake Jackson. Contact: Land Management Office at 404-954-4044.
Doris & Tom Crowe