Lake Lanier

GEORGIA


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1,065.09 FEET
10/21/2017
Full Pool: 1,071.0
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Celeb ambassadors help national parks mark 101st birthday

PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW

Date: 9/29/2017 5:57:00 PM

D.C. Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Keri Hilson visits the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area in Georgia later this month. The campaign kicked off in April with Jordan Fisher, who's in the Broadway hit “Hamilton,” touring Alexander

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Water Resources Outlook (September 2017)

NWS Southeast River Forecast Center

Date: 9/26/2017

Water Resources Outlook (September

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Catch & Release Fly Tourney on Chattahoochee River

thefishingwire.com

Date: 9/25/2017 11:13:00 PM

It's time for the second annual 2017 Quality Catch and Sweet Release Tournament presented by The ORVIS Company and Sweetwater Brewing Company. Last year the tournament took place in May 2016 and the winner was Ryan Johnson with an impressive 31-inch brown

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Making Memories Together: 7 Fun Birthday Trips for Kids in Atlanta

atlanta.net

Date: 9/19/2017 8:25:00 PM

Water-loving kids will be thrilled with an adventure on the Chattahoochee River. Slather on the SPF and set off down the river on a paddle board, kayak or canoe, or just rent some tubes and float on down. Check out our weekend guide to paddling for tips on

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Why do oak trees produce more acorns some years but not others?

Mother Nature Network MNN

Date: 9/14/2017 9:54:00 AM

What is happening in North Georgia this year is an example of what he means. "From Atlanta up the Chattahoochee River Valley to Rabun County in far North Georgia some hillsides have been covered with nuts," Coder said. "Others have not been. It's very

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• River: Chattahoochee River
• Length: 540 Miles
• Surface Area: 38,542 Acres
• Volume: 1,917,000 Acre Feet
• Drainage Area: 1,040 Square Miles
• Length: 44 Miles
Lake Sidney Lanier, often referred to as Lake Lanier, is a reservoir in the northern portion of Georgia. Lake Lanier was created by the completion of Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River in 1956, and is also fed by the waters of the Chestatee River. It was named for poet Sidney Lanier, and was built and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It is patrolled by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The lake is in Hall, Forsyth, Dawson, Gwinnett, and Lumpkin counties, split about 60%, 30%, 5%, 4%, and 1% respectively, filling the valley into numerous small arms and fingers. The former thalweg of the Chestatee and the Chattahoochee south of it form the county line between Hall and a tiny corner of Gwinnett to the east, and Dawson and Forsyth to the west.

One of the main purposes of the lake is flood control downstream of the lake, mainly protecting metro Atlanta. There have only been three major flooding events on the downstream section since the construction of Buford Dam. The most recent flooding event was in 2013.

The lake's original lake and authorized purposes were to provide hydroelectricity, navigation, flood control and water supply for Atlanta.

Lake Lanier began filling in 1956, and in 1957, 20 miles downstream, Morgan Falls Dam was raised to regulate the flow from Buford Dam to give Atlanta water during the hours it was needed most. The foresight of the entire project was confirmed in early fall of 1958 during two solid months of drought which would have left the Chattahoochee and its tributaries nearly dry, if not for the Buford Dam.

Since the 1990s, the Corps of Engineers, Florida, Georgia, and Alabama have all been fighting for use of the water held in Lake Lanier. Federal law mandates that when a river flows between two or more states, each state has a right to an equal share of the water. Additionally, other laws such as the Endangered Species Act require that water be available for threatened or endangered species that live in or around Chattahoochee River and Apalachicola Bay.

Lake Lanier is particularly known for its boaters, houseboats, jetskiers and there is also a local water park, The Lake Lanier Islands waterpark. The 1996 Summer Olympics rowing and sprint canoeing events were held at the lake. It also hosted the canoe sprint World Championships in 2003 at the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club.

Every year from mid-November through December, Lake Lanier Islands are decorated with holiday lights, know as the Magical Nights of Lights, one of the world's largest light shows.
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