Why Lake Oconee, GA, is Great for Floridians

Why Lake Oconee, GA, is Great for Floridians

  • Riezl Baker
  • 06/10/22

Lake Oconee, Georgia is one of those delightfully picturesque places that looks like it belongs on a postcard or in a television show. Sweeping expanses of greenery, softly rippling water, and vast skies of varying moods and colors are sure to stir your heart and bring a smile to your face.
This lovely lake is located an equal distance from both Atlanta and Augusta, nestled gently in the Georgia countryside, and comprises over 19,000 acres of water and 374 miles of shoreline. Lake Oconee offers the ideal location for all sorts of water sports and activities, including swimming, boating, fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, paddle boarding, picnics, and, of course, soaking up the sunshine and relaxing.
Lake Oconee is also a Georgia Power Company lake, which means the lake level is carefully managed for both power generation and recreational use. There are campgrounds and outdoor activities of all shapes and sizes that are available on the water and across the 7,400-acre Oconee Wildlife Management Area.

Lake Oconee has much to offer for Floridians as well as people from all over the world. The ins and outs of this lake are vast, and it's nice to have an expert to help you ease into the home of your dreams along a charming expanse of shoreline.
Riezl Baker is just the right expert to help you find your dream lake home. She is the premier Lake Oconee real estate agent and is knowledgeable about the details of the community, as well as what makes a house a home. Come visit Lake Oconee and let Riezl Baker show you a place that is nothing short of a fairy tale.

Take a walk through history with Lake Oconee's historical sites

Water sports and activities are a large part of Lake Oconee's appeal, but they’re not the only things this lovely lake has going for it. Lake Oconee is steeped in fascinating history that is sure to hold the attention of people young and old alike. From a prison that is quite charming (yes, we said charming) to the Lake Country Discovery Museum to the Greene County African American Museum and the L.L. Wyatt Museum, Lake Oconee has a plethora to offer for history lovers and the curious alike.
Below are just a few of the intriguing historical sites that call Lake Oconee home.

The Old Gaol

The Old Gaol was completed in 1807 and is believed to be the oldest existing jail structure in Georgia. This old building, which looks a great deal like the Bastille in France, has remained untouched for over 200 years. The two-story fortress itself is still formidable, with sloping stone walls that are made of granite and are two feet thick.

L.L. Wyatt Museum

The L.L. Wyatt Museum, located in an 1890 building, is a virtual treasure trove of local history. This fun and interesting museum is named after L.L. Wyatt, who was the sheriff of Greene County for 37 years. People visiting this museum will be intrigued by historical photos, badges, a corn liquor still that was seized in a raid, century-old arrest warrants, an authentic cell block, and an array of firearms that span decades at this museum. Law enforcement, along with local crime, is on display at this interest-piquing museum named for one of the area's most well-known lawmen.

Scull Shoals

Scull Shoals allows those visiting the opportunity to explore over 10,000 years of history all in one place. The history of this remarkable location can be experienced from the time of the Native Americans to Desoto (whose time is around the 1540s) to the first paper mill in Georgia, which was built in 1811. In addition, you can hike a short section of the Oconee River and come upon the historic ruins of the old Scull Shoals Village.
The fascinating village contains the ruins of an old schoolhouse, a home site, and much more. The museum proposes many theories about the fate of the village, including unsustainable farming practices that may have contributed to the downfall and abandonment of the village. There is an unmistakable feel of something special within the ruins, and generations of history can be felt lingering in the places the villagers once dwelled.

Enjoy a bounty of creativity at Lake Oconee arts & entertainment events

The Oconee Performing Arts Society offers the Lake Oconee community the opportunity to participate in outstanding theater, dance, and art performances. The Lake Oconee community is rich in a culture of art and creativity, and it’s home to a multitude of locations, centers, and organizations dedicated to spreading art throughout the community. Below are just a couple of the locations where art takes center stage at Lake Oconee.

The Plaza Arts Center

Photo Courtesy of Lake Oconee Life
The Plaza Arts Center is the heart of the Lake Oconee art community. This wonderful center has an exceptional amount of talent and entertainment and serves as the central gathering place for local artists, social and civil groups, and many local communities. Moreover, The Plaza is a great venue for weddings, receptions, banquets, and, of course, parties.
This facility boasts a 500-seat theater, front lobby entryway, gathering/gallery room, and history museum, including a historic classroom. The outdoor space is breathtaking and includes perfectly manicured lawns, trellises with waterfalls of climbing white roses, and a central fountain surrounded by brick paths. It is truly an elegant, beautiful place to explore art and beauty all at once.

The Oconee Performing Arts Society

The Oconee Performing Arts Society is truly dedicated to bringing art to the Oconee community. Their slate of live music, theater, dance, and many other types of performances is sure to expand your artistic and cultural horizons and bring joy to your heart. The Oconee Performing Arts Society treasures both the traditions of the past and the "vibrant artistry of the future to entertain, enrich, and educate a diverse regional community" (Oconee Performing Arts Society).

Enjoy the picturesque waters of Lake Oconee

Of course, one of the main reasons Floridians love Lake Oconee is the water. The water is always the number one reason people come to Lake Oconee, and with good reason. There is nothing like the clear, crisp water surrounded by magnificent trees and soft shoreline that make people want to keep coming back again and again.

Jumping Rock

The famous Jumping Rock at Lake Oconee is a real crowd-pleaser — it’s one of the most adored places around Lake Oconee. This beloved location stands 10 feet tall on the south end of the lake before you get to the dam. Jumping Rock is only accessible by water. You can pull your boat right up to the rock, climb on up, and start enjoying the fun.

Reel Time Guide Service

What would lake living be like without a little fishing? Lake Oconee offers a plethora of shorelines to fish from, not to mention taking out your boat and reeling them in. That being said, Lake Oconee is large, and having a guide can be a huge help when you are fishing since they know the lake like the back of their hand.
Reel Time Guide Service is dedicated to teaching people how to fish and fish successfully. Captain Smith will teach you the ins and outs of fishing Lake Oconee, and you’ll be catching stripers, hybrids, and crappie in no time at all. Contact Captain Smith directly at 404-803-0741 to make an appointment and learn how to fish the right way.
Lake Oconee, Georgia, is a vast and beautiful location that makes the perfect vacation spot for Floridians and people from all over the globe. Lake Oconee is blessed with thousands of miles of water and hundreds of miles of shoreline, as well as a multitude of water sports and fascinating things to do on land, including the Oconee Performing Arts Society.
Lake Oconee is a tapestry of culture, sunshine, and fun. If you are looking for a vacation home in the Lake Oconee area, reach out to Riezl Baker. She is the leading Lake Oconee real estate agent and can help you to find the perfect lakefront home of your dreams.

Riezl Baker

Riezl Baker

Realtor®, Founding Principal

About The Author

Riezl Baker is an award-winning realtor with 22 years of real estate experience at Lake Oconee, Georgia. A resident since 1997, she is well-known for her business accomplishments and extensive community involvement. In 2020, she and her husband Ted co-founded Luxury Lake Oconee Real Estate Group to combine their over 40 years of experience in the Lake Oconee market and with a mission to provide the highest level of service to clients.
In 2022, Riezl closed over $131 million in sales and was recognized as “Top Luxury Real Estate Leader'' by The Atlantan magazine and “Real Estate Newsmaker & Achiever'' by RIS Media. She was recognized as a 2021 Top Producer after closing over 70 transactions totaling $115 million and was awarded the Crystal Phoenix Award by the Lake Country Board of Realtors. 
She is passionate about her community and has been involved on a leadership level for many different organizations. She is the Past Chairman of the St. Mary's Good Samaritan Hospital Board and was part of the original founding Board that steered the opening of the hospital in 2013. She co-chaired the successful 2023 Heart & Soul Gala at The Ritz-Carlton, Reynolds Lake Oconee that raised over $450,000 for the local hospital. In 2010, she and her husband co-founded the Lake Oconee Food & Wine Festival to benefit local education, which has evolved into a three-day destination event at The Ritz-Carlton. An advocate for the arts, Riezl is a Board Director for the Oconee Performing Arts Society (OPAS). She was the President of the Lake Country Board of Realtors in 2016. The Atlantan magazine awarded her "Expert in Second and Vacation Homes" for 2020 and 2021. She was recognized as a "2021 Top Luxury Real Estate Industry Leader" and was also nominated as "Best Bilingual" and "Best Community Impact" in Georgia.
Riezl holds a Bachelor's degree in Hotel and Restaurant Administration and joined the Hyatt Hotels as a Corporate Management Trainee. She worked for the company for seven years in Operations Management and Hospitality Sales in Houston and Atlanta. She served as a Board Director for Meeting Professionals International (MPI), the largest meeting and event industry association and was the Editor-in-Chief of Breakout, Georgia MPI's monthly publication that is distributed to thousands of members.
As the Director of Athens (Ga.) Convention and Visitors Bureau, Riezl developed strategic plans to attract conventions to the city. In 2000, she obtained her real estate license and worked for Reynolds Lake Oconee Properties where she was a top producer for 20 years. 
Riezl is a public speaker and has spoken at several national real estate conferences and webinars. She was an invited speaker at a National Empowerment Conference in Las Vegas in 2022 where she spoke about “Successful Entrepreneurship in America.” She was also featured in a 2022 episode of Fox Business Network’s prime time real estate show Mansion Global. 
She and her husband have been married for 26 years and have two children, Stuart, who is a junior at Yale University, and Remi, who attends Interlochen Performing Arts Academy.

Community Footprints

  • Co-Founder, LEAD Lake Oconee
  • Board Member, Oconee Performing Arts Society.
  • Board Member, St. Mary’s Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board.
  • Past Chairman, St. Mary Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation Board, 2017-2019.
  • Past President, Lake Country Board of Realtors®, 2016.
  • Co-Founder, Lake Oconee Food and Wine Festival.
  • Three-Year Chair, Heart and Soul Gala Benefit, Ritz Carlton Lake Oconee.
  • Co-Chair, Heart and Soul Benefit Gala, 2022

Work With Riezl

A consistent top producer in the Lake Oconee area, Riezl has been recognized with numerous awards for her business accomplishments and community involvement. Contact Riezl today if you are thinking of selling or buying, or both.

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