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. The annual rental fee is $150 — check availability by emailing the Boat Rack Manager. Unauthorized boats may not be stored on Association 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.
festivals & concerts
The Silver Lake Civic Association usually holds a late summer festival to raise awareness for the lake and woodlands, as well as to celebrate the volunteer-based organization. Members are the first to know of all festivals — so join today!
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.
- All State Game and Fish Commission rules and regulations apply to fishing, including minimum size and possession limits for various species of fish.
- A current Georgia fishing license is required.
- Clean up any trash, including paper, bait containers, and fishing line.
- Bream, bluegill, and shellcrackers are “catch and release.”
- Throw back all bass larger than 14 inches. You may keep all bass 14 inches or less.
- You may keep all catfish and bullheads.
- Boats must meet Coast Guard regulation, including an approved personal flotation device for each occupant.
- Gasoline motors are prohibited.
- Maximum permitted boat length is 15 feet, except for canoes and kayaks, which may be up to 19 feet in length.
- 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.
- Boats may only be stored on Silver Lake property in a rented rack space provided by the Association.
- No docks are permitted on park property by default.
- 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. Docks must be of sound construction and of a size and style suitable for the lake.
- 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.