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.



walking trails

Members of Silver Lake Civic Association enjoy over a mile of well-groomed walking trails, boardwalks, and bridges hidden away within 32 acres of woodlands. Please report trail maintenance issues to our grounds manager.


The Silver Lake Civic Association allows canoe rack slot rental members only to enjoy quietly and safely cruise the lakes on certain watercrafts, including canoes, sailboats, kayaks, john boats, and small paddle boats.

Canoe Racks

The Silver Lake Civic Association provides members an option to rent 60 canoe rack slots.  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.


Canoe rack rental members may fish the lake by boat, practicing catch-and-release fishing only. We closely monitor the health of our lake waters to avoid algae blooms and other toxins.

Bird Watching

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.


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 our nature preserve offers them.

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