Lake Lanier

GEORGIA


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1,070.43 FEET
4/22/2018
Full Pool: 1,071.0
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Be Aware Kayakers, Tubers, Water Releases Can Be Dangerous

USA Patch

Date: 4/17/2018 7:18:00 AM

BUFORD, GA — With summer weather quickly approaching, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Lake Sydney Lanier warned kayakers, paddle boarders and tubers to be aware that attempting to launch down river during a water release is extremely dangerous and

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Lanier Islands Serves Up Brunch Fit for a Queen This Mother's Day

USA Patch

Date: 4/13/2018 11:49:00 AM

Buford, Ga. – April 13, 2018 – Often the unsung hero of the family, mom deserves a special celebration all her own to let her know how much she's loved and appreciated. This year, Lanier Islands is setting the table and firing up the stove for a Mother

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Body of 4-year-old boy found in Chattahoochee River

Ledger-Enquirer

Date: 4/6/2018 5:20:00 AM

The body of a missing 4-year-old boy was recovered Friday morning in the Chattahoochee River after a nine-day intensive search by rescue workers from multiple agencies across the Southeast, authorities have confirmed. Beau Rabon was discovered at 8:34 a.m

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Lakeside Camping at Bolding Mill Campground

Lake Lanier

Date: 4/5/2018 10:27:00 AM

Bolding Mill Campground, operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers, is a precious jewel in Lake Lanier’s crown. Bolding Mill is a haven of rest on the northwest side of Lake Lanier, and the portal to excitement for sailing, paddling, fishing or water

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Bassmaster recognizes two local high school anglers

Marietta Daily Journal

Date: 4/4/2018 7:24:00 PM

Two local high school students are spending their spring break fishing on Lake Lanier, and it is only fitting. Brooks Anderson and Mason McCoy were recently named honorable mentions on the Bassmaster High School All-State Fishing Team. “Even if I didn

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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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