Lake McIntosh is now officially open for public’s use

It took decades from start to finish, but the ribbon was cut June 28 to open the Lake McIntosh Park and Reservoir in Peachtree City. Pictured, from left, are Fayette County commissioners Randy Ognio, David Barlow, Chairman Steve Brown, Fayette County Water System Director Tony Parrott and commissioners Allen McCarty and Charles Oddo. Photo/Ben Nelms.

What began more than four decades ago came to official completion Friday as Fayette County Commission members cut the ribbon that officially opened Lake McIntosh Park and Reservoir in Peachtree City. The site located at the end of TDK Boulevard will double as a Fayette County park and drinking water reservoir.

There is more to Lake McIntosh than a reservoir for drinking water. The property at the end of TDK Boulevard includes a family-friendly park with walking trails, a picnic pavilion, a playground, a gazebo, restrooms, boat ramps and docks and substantial parking for golf carts and automobiles.

The 650-acre lake is situated along portions of the west side of Peachtree City and straddles the Fayette-Coweta County line. Fed by Line Creek, the lake extends from just south of Ga. Highway 54 West southward to just north of Falcon Field. Most of the lake-front land is in Coweta County.

The dam at the south end of the lake was dedicated in December and it took an unexpectedly short amount of time for the reservoir to fill.

The reservoir will provide 10.4 million gallons per day of drinking water for Fayette County. Fayette’s other drinking water reservoirs include Lake Peachtree and Lake Horton.

As for the park rules, it will be open from 6:30 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. during daylight savings months and from 6:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. during the remainder of the year. Only boats with electric motors, canoes, paddleboats and sailboats may be used. Fishing is allowed from the shore and from boats and applicable state rules apply. All animals must comply with the county leash law. Swimming, skiing, scuba diving or other bodily contact with the water is not permitted and there can be no alcohol in the park and reservoir. And though the stipulation may change, the islands in the reservoir are currently off limits to the public. Non-county residents will be required to pay a $10 entrance fee.

For more information on the park and park rules call 770-461-1146, ext. 5 Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The site that would become Lake McIntosh was initially identified by developers in 1962, just three years after Peachtree City was incorporated. The lake site was purchased by Fayette County in the 1970s. It was in 1981 that the required 404 permit was submitted and then withdrawn over various state and environmental concerns. The permit was re-submitted in 1998 and won approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in July 2007. And in 2009 the Safe Dams program approved the project.

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Nice facility. Give it a few years for fishing.

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Fined? No, G35 Dude

I've gotten tickets in PTC for not coming to a complete stop on that isolated street, but this Marshall was quite pleasant and we got away with our *crimes*. He agreed that the rules which I honestly didn't even see need better visibility. No one seems able to explain the No Swimming rule. Lake Peachtree is also used as a reservoir and we're able to swim there. Perhaps that's not ideal (nor fatal) so they established this rule for the new lake.

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Sorry, no swimming as it is a drinking water reservoir

I apologize for missing the earlier posts, but I do not have time to get on the site as much.

You can swim at Lake Peachtree, but it is owned by the city and pre-dates the new regulations. A chosen few people can run a gas-powered engine on the water there too.

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Mr Brown

Thanks for the response.

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If you go down a little farther on this blog you'll see where I tried (2 times) to ask Mr Brown about the possibility of allowing swimming here with a small beach. He never saw fit to answer.

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Fishies

I'm no fisherman but my kids used to fish at the Planterra golf club ponds and catch quite a bit. When the lake filled, many of the ponds merged with the lake. I believe they're planning to stock Lake McIntosh, but for now fish came from those ponds and Line Creek.

We kayaked, ran around the islands and swam before being questioned dripping wet by the Marshall. Too bad 2/3 of what we did was against the rules which are in fine print as you drive in. Very peaceful place.

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Were you fined/jailed for any of this illegal activity? Al Capone look out!!! LOL

And thanks for the feed back on the fish. I was wondering how fish got there if it had not been stocked.

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Any fish in Lake?

Every time I go to this lake I see people fishing. Was this lake stocked? I never see anybody catching anything.

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G35: Definitely fish there

Used to go fishing there and plenty of action. You're not going to haul out a 10 lb bass but there are plenty of fish there. Small bass and some bream.

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Lake McIntosh Park - Nice

Enjoyed a couple of hours this weekend exploring the new park. Really a nice park the whole family can enjoy. Hope to utilize the boat ramp for some kayaking soon for a little more exploration.

The kids enjoyed the dock, pavilion and gazebo. Restrooms were nice and clean and we saw many families taking walks.

Would be real nice if there was a cart path across/under 74 closer than the one on McIntosh Trail.

Does anyone know when the playground equipment will be installed?

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Nice park

Congrats to those who made it happen.

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Falcon Field View is good too.

This park is something to be proud of. I'll be glad when the road in to it is paved. Maybe they'll even make a couple of parking places on the road in so that we can sit and watch the planes take off and land at Falcon field.

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G35 Dude - watching flying machines

I'm curious, is that area that you mentioned near Callula Hills?

If it is, I wonder how that 80-home subdivision and an “event center” with 12 overnight villas is going to fit in that environment?

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I'm not sure where Callula Hills is. Have you been to the new park? The area I'm talking about is part of TDK Blvd that is not yet paved. It passes right by the runway for Falcon Field on the way to the park. Great angle for watching those flying machines come and go. I think kids of all ages like airplanes.

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G35 Dude - Kids of all ages

I know I did and got hooked. Been in the "biz" now almost 38 years.

I've been thinking about getting the old jon boat fixed and catching some of those pesky fish in our local waters. But darn, with traveling - now in Cincinnati – and re-modeling my kitchen, time is a very precious commodity.

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Road is open

Again.

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Tried to check out the park....

and there is a big barrier across the road on Dividend-ROAD CLOSED.... Thought the park was open...

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Road is closed

Next time, pave road first, then open it, got that? Man, makes you wonder who's minding the asylum sometimes.

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Beach...liability issue

Who is going to pay for the lifeguard that would be required at the beach to make sure no one goes and gets themselves drown and then their family sues Fayette County for millions?

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cats119-Liability issue?

I don't how they handle the liability issues but I do know that several communities around Lake Lanier have put in beaches for swimming at the lake. No lifeguard. Just swim at your own risk. If the liability was such an issue, I don't think people would be allowed to kayak, canoe, or boat on this lake. Can't you drown that way also?

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Beach...liability issue

Cats, I expect Peachtree City will reduce the liability through a suite of ordinances targeted at limiting access times, defining narrowly approved uses as well as establishing and cordoning off unauthorized areas. Those still undeterred will be allowed to use the facility but only under watchful eye (behind mirrored glasses) and protection of someone from the division of armed services. Who needs a lifeguard?

Steve

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Since PTC has nothing to do with this reservoir and park, how about you volunteer to be the lookout?

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Volunteer

Sure, put me in charge - no one would drown. And the park would flourish as an oasis free of subjection and alive with peace, love, happiness, harmony, spirituality, and all things good in the world. And then I'd be sent to the pokey.

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PTC has none of those either, so have at it.

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Kids swim every summer day at Lake Peachtree

No lifeguard
Council also got rid of the fire depts. water rescue equipment if I am not mistaken

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This used to be illegal, I think

Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't the police used to get on your case if you or your dog went into the lake? I remember them saying - can't swim because it is drinking water (which is really stupid, btw).

Seems to me without any clear rule or signs or a lifeguard or something, the Lake Peachtree Teenage Swim Club presents some huge exposure to our self-insured city.

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I guess I need to turn myself in

My redneck kids prefer to swim in the lake than the pool. We are out there a few hours every weekend at some point during the summer.

Where do I turn myself in?

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Swimming is allowed at Lake Peachtree. Mainly because of those millions of triathlon dollars that are generated. That, and for those who would never get bathed otherwise (although, bathed in what in the lake, I shudder to think).

The exact wording from the city website:

Swimming is permitted by PTC residents and their accompanied guest from the public boat launch on Battery Way. Warning: Swimmers may not be visible to boaters - safety boat or a highly visible floatation device required if swimming more than 100 feet from shore."

Lake Kedron: No swimming.

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Swimming

I thought there was a sign there telling us its ok. Hate to think that I may have been breaking the law. We usually just wade out about 10 yds. I usually land on my butt at the ramp since its so slippery.

Its a really cool day for the kids when the kayaker lets the kids take his kayak out for a little bit. That guy is real nice about it.

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Is the county really going to put someone on site to check residence and collect fees from non residents?

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nope-honor system. There is a box as you enter to pay your fee.

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nope-honor system. There is a box as you enter to pay your fee.

I think it works this way at Horton. And the police pass through from time to time and ticket any out of county vehicles that do not have a pass displayed.

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G35 & Honor System at Horton Reservoir

You are correct--and it's the Marshal Svc that patrols & isues citations if appropriate.

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AtHomeGym

Driving into Lake McIntosh I heard this familiar but long ago sound. I looked over and lo and behold it was a Twin Bonanza nosily climbing out of the PTC airdrome.

Good gawd, who can afford that nowadays?

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Ahhh, such fond memories! I do know a retired USAF Colonel who is a part owner of one--I'm not sure where it is hangered. He gets paid rather well to fly some rich lady's businss jet all over (flew 141s while active).

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There are 3 now, down from 11. Lakes Kedron, Horton, McIntosh and whatever else are now covered by these 3. 14 hour a day parks.

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There are 3 now, down from 11. Lakes Kedron, Horton, McIntosh and whatever else are now covered by these 3. 14 hour a day parks.

Maybe this new park will generate enough revenue to re-hire a Marshall or 2.

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G35 & Marshals

Don't believe any were actually let go--simply "repurposed", at least 2 into "CodeEnforcement" for the unincorporated county.

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PTC Observer, that project was moving long before Greg Dunn. In fact we recognized the people who had been involved over the last approx. 40 years to make the lake a reality. It's a good story of perseverance.

The finished product is quite nice.

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Steve Brown- Question part 2

I tried to ask the question below but it got pushed off the comments list before you could respond.

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Mr. Brown-A question

This lake is something to be proud of. I know that the article stated that swimming was not allowed. Is this because of water quality or safety reasons? A beach and swimming area would really be nice.

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Swimming

Swimming would be nice. It's allowed at Lake Peachtree

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Are you proposing a Tara Beach Peachtree City, at Lake McIntosh? :)

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Are you proposing a Tara Beach Peachtree City, at Lake McIntosh? :)

Well, I'd limit it to Fayette County residents if possible. And I'd only do a small area. If not then I agree that we just forget it.

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It's just that I never associate a "beach" around a freshwater lake I guess :)but certainly remember going to Clayton's Tara Beach back in those days.

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It's just that I never associate a "beach" around a freshwater lake I guess :)but certainly remember going to Clayton's Tara Beach back in those days.

I know that there are several beaches for swimming in different communities around Lake Lanier. A place to lay out, picnic, and let the kiddies swim would be nice here but I don't want to make the park so commercial that it becomes too crowded for the locals. This is our lake built with our money.

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Mr. Brown - Thanks

for that clarification, since I wasn't there and you recognized Mr. Dunn for his contribution, that's enough.

Now about those scissors......

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Agreed

I move we name the dam, "Damn Steve"? Seconds?

Steve

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I second the motion!!!

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Mr. Brown

looks like he's never seen scissors that big.

Where's Greg Dunn? It's his lake isn't it?

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