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Varner is an 850-acre man-made lake that serves as the water reservoir for Newton County. As a result, the lake is restricted to boats with trolling motors only (no gas engines). This is a good thing because it allows for leisurely paddling without having to worry about being run over by a ski boat.
Lake Varner is well known for its fishing, and is one of the best in the state of GA. You're likely to see folks out bass fishing with trolling motors, which also makes for a quiet and peaceful experience. It's a good lake for getting some exercise or practice without having to worry about other boats. The most I have seen on the lake at one time is 6 boats with electric motors, and they were off in coves fishing.
One quick note though: Parking and launch is free for Newton and Walton County residents, and they enforce this quite often. In fact, I have been there at least a dozen times and seen a deputy checking plates every time. I saw them issue a fine a few months ago. You can pay a $5 parking and additional $5 launch fee if you like when you first enter the grounds.
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