Lake Lanier

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Lake Level
1,065.69 FEET
7/20/2017
Full Pool: 1,071.0
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How to Stay Cool in Atlanta This Summer

atlanta.net

Date: 7/8/2017 5:43:00 AM

Stay at the park a little longer on Thursdays in June and July while you watch movies from the wave pool. Go jump in a lake at Lake Lanier where Atlanta locals enjoy fishing, motorized water sports or just relaxing on the beach. Lake Lanier also provides

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Above the Waterline: The Chattahoochee is our 185 million-year-old river

Atlanta INtown

Date: 7/7/2017 7:08:00 PM

Sally Bethea paddles an inflatable kayak on the Colorado River near Moab, Utah. Did you know that the Chattahoochee River, which flows southwesterly through Atlanta, has one of the oldest and most stable river channels in the United States? It has been

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DNR: No boating injuries on Lanier, BUIs match last year

Dawson News

Date: 7/7/2017 11:29:00 AM

DNR made 10 BUI arrests on Lake Lanier between Saturday and Tuesday, which matched the totals from July 2-4 in 2016. There were, however, only four boating incidents on Lake Lanier this year with no injuries. In 2016, DNR logged eight boating incidents on

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Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Fishing is heating up along with the weather

Gainesville Times

Date: 7/6/2017 5:54:00 PM

Water Conditions: Lake Lanier’s water level is up again with the steady afternoon rains, and is 1,065.29, or 5.71 feet below the normal full pool of 1,071. Lake surface temperatures are in the low 80s. The main lake and creeks mouths are clear-to

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Where to float a tube down the river in North Georgia

Gainesville Times

Date: 7/5/2017 10:09:00 PM

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for tubing. Must exit the water by 6 p.m. For $20, you can float down the Chattahoochee River all day and enjoy the waterpark at Helen Tubing & Water Park. If you prefer to just tube, each ride down will cost $5. There is no age

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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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