Sterling on the Lake Lakes and Trails

If you are a new resident at Sterling on the Lake, the SOTL Lakes and Trails Committee welcomes you! We have an excellent private trail system that is well maintained and easily accessible for all residents.

The purpose of the Lake and Trails Committee is to advise the Board of requirements for the upkeep, maintenance, repair and the use of the lakes, dams, the Association owned dock, and the island, including recommendation to the Board of such rules and regulations it may deem appropriate regarding any or all of these facilities and areas.

Vision Statement

"Our shared vision is the protection and management of the community lakes and trails, wildlife, habitats, and other natural resources, for the benefit of current and future residents. Any maintenance or enhancements to the lakes and tails made by the committee will ensure they remain in a natural, undisturbed state, as stated in the SOTL Community Charter."

2021 Goals

Our primary goal for 2021 is to continue to focus on improvements to the Lakes and Trails environment and resources in an environmentally and financially responsible manner. We hope to build on the success of our 2020 projects with these initiatives:

● A comprehensive cleanup of the trail area beside Lake 1
● Repair/Replace all bridges
● Resurface part of Lakeside Trail
● Expand the Lakeside Pavilion with an extended patio sitting area and fire pit
● Institute a pollinator program for our lakes and trails environment
● Identify flora and fauna with QR/barcodes

The Committee

We are working to incorporate a variety information and documents into this website to assist residents in using our trail system. The committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the SOTL Clubhouse. Residents are welcome to attend committee meetings.

Lakes and Trails Committee Officers:

Oliver McClellan - Chairman - oliver.mcclellan@gmail.com - 770-265-9000

Larry Taylor - Co-Chair

Ferrell Curlee - Secretary

Paul Evans - Treasurer

John Swain - Lakes Sub-committee


Sterling on the Lake Trail Guide


Open this document for information on the various trails within SOTL. The guide includes helpful information for getting the most from your trail hikes.

Click here for the Sterling on the Lake Trail Guide


Sterling on the Lake Trail Map


This is a Newland Master Plan Development Map identifying the name for each trail. The map is updated periodically to incorporate any new trails associated with new development.

Click here for Sterling on the Lake Trail Map

Main Lake Fishing


One of our community's most valuable assets is our lakes.  The lakes provide a beautiful background for the community and serve to provide us with a source of recreation with kayaking and fishing.  We monitor the health of the lake water, and the fish and wildlife that live on or in the lakes.  Once a year the fish population is analyzed to determine the existing fisheries abundance within the main lake.  

The annual Fishery Assessment report for November 2020 is available using the following link: Click here for the 2020 Fishery Assessment report

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


We get lots of questions about our lakes and trails and have created a frequently asked questions document to address the most common questions.  If you don't find the answer to your question here you can always reach out to the committee with your question.

Click here for Sterling on the Lake FAQ document

You can contact the Lakes and Trails Committee at lakesandtrails@sterling-life.com.