a private oasis
Access to Silver Lake and the woodland trails is restricted to Silver Lake Civic Association members and their accompanied guests. Because of decades of generosity from Oglethorpe University, their students and faculty are also welcome.
Members of Silver Lake Civic Association enjoy over a mile of well-groomed walking trails, boardwalks, and bridges hidden away within 40 acres of woodlands. Please report trail maintenance issues to our grounds manager.
The Silver Lake Civic Association provides members 48 rack storage spaces for rent. A year-long waitlist is in effect — check availability by emailing the Boat Rack Manager. Unauthorized boats may not be stored anywhere on the private property and will be removed.
Members enjoy fishing stocked with a sustainable population of largemouth bass and bream. The Silver Lake Civic Association retains a lake management service to oversee the health of the lake for its members.
As Atlanta’s first large-scale bird sanctuary, Silver Lake awards members with sights of blue herons, Canada geese, mallard ducks, and even endangered species such as Red-cockaded and Pileated Woodpeckers.
With approximately 40 acres of surrounding woodlands, Silver Lake is home to much wildlife, ranging from silver foxes to varieties of turtles to endangered bird species. Members are encouraged to remain quiet to enjoy fully the surprises nature preserve offers them.
rules and regulations
The woodlands and lakes are a wild space. All use of the trails, forest and lake are at the user’s risk.
Use of this property is restricted to Association members, their families, and their guests (when accompanied by a member), and students and faculty of Oglethorpe University.
- Swimming is absolutely prohibited.
- Damage to the property, including littering, can result in expulsion from the property, and suspension of membership privileges.
- Playing of radios and other sound equipment loudly enough to disturb others is prohibited.
- Release of any domestic ducks, geese, or other live animals into the lake is prohibited.
Silver Lake Fishing Committee exists to ensure that fishing Silver Lake be as accessible and as abundant as possible, and most especially for the benefit of the younger generation of anglers. We ask that everyone abide by these rules for fellow resident members, but most especially for this younger group.
- Silver Lake fishing permit required. Resident members and non-resident Guest Access permit holders must provide a copy of their annual pass email when asked by another member or law enforcement.
- Catch and release in full effect. ALL Bass, Bream, bluegill, and shell crackers are catch and release. Do not remove any wildlife from the lake.
- Limited fishing days. You may only fish up to two (2) days per any given week.
- Guest policy. Only one guest per Resident member. The resident member must be present. Each Guest Access permit holder must have their own permit.
- Social media use. Posting on Fishing-only social media (such as Fishbrain) is not allowed. Broad-based networks like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook are allowed.
To avoid misunderstanding, the intent of these boat regulations is to limit use of the lake to water craft that are quiet, passive, safe, and do not disturb others. Examples of permitted boats would include canoes, sailboats, kayaks, john boats, small paddle boats, and small molded deck boats with pontoons integral to their hull used for cruising or fishing.
- Gasoline motors are prohibited.
- The maximum permitted boat length is 15 feet, except for canoes and kayaks, which may be up to 19 feet in length.
- Boats may only be stored on Silver Lake property in a rented rack space provided by the Association; all others will be impounded without notice.
- Boats must meet Coast Guard regulation, including an approved personal flotation device for each occupant.
Permission must be obtained from Silver Lake Civic Association before constructing any new dock, and before modifying the size or design of an existing dock.
- No docks are permitted on park property by default.
- Existing docks will be permitted to remain in place as long as they are kept in sound repair and of appropriate size and quality.
- Broken, damaged or unsightly docks are to be repaired or removed.