Lake Lanier

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1,070.60 FEET
11/20/2018
Full Pool: 1,071.0
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Flood Warning in Effect for the Chattahoochee River near Columbus

WLTZ

Date: 11/15/2018 10:01:00 AM

The National Weather Service in Peachtree City has issued a Flood Warning for the Chattahoochee River near Columbus until Saturday evening. * At 12 PM Thursday the stage was 27.7 feet…and rising. * Mi

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Lanier parks to close temporarily for deer hunt

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Date: 11/6/2018 6:54:00 AM

Laurel Ridge Trail at Lake Lanier and parks that connect to it will be closed for the Buford Dam Deer Hunt, to take place Tuesday through Thursday, Nov. 13-15, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announc

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Forsyth Wow House: Lake Lanier's Finest Vacation Home, Lake Views

USA Patch

Date: 10/25/2018 11:18:00 AM

FORSYTH, GA — Are you in the market for a new home? Looking for more space to accommodate your growing family? Are you seeking to downsize, now that the kids have left the nest? Or, do you want

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Lake Lanier’s Updated Master Plan Delayed

Lake Lanier

Date: 10/24/2018 2:26:00 PM

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at Lake Lanier says the release of its updated Master Plan will be delayed well past the fall of 2019. USACE officials issued a statement that “the planned sec

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Lanier user survey, master plan delayed a year

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Date: 10/24/2018 3:58:00 AM

A planned second phase of data collection to support the Lake Lanier Master Plan Update will be delayed until the 2019 recreation season, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced. Also delayed, unti

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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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