Lake Allatoona covers more than 12,000 acres and has 270 miles of shoreline. The lake and much of the land that surrounds it are managed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The Corp refers to the lake by its official name, Allatoona Lake, while everyone else calls it Lake Allatoona.

There are 25,000 acres of public land around Lake Allatoona that are owned by the Army Corp. They maintain and manage some recreational areas along the shoreline but also  lease land to private entities that provide services to the public. There are also public access properties and facilities around the lake that are managed by state and local government agencies.