Lake Lanier

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1,065.56 FEET
7/27/2017
Full Pool: 1,071.0
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‘Heaven on Earth:’ Helen has a new hotel offering in Valhalla Resort

Gainesville Times

Date: 7/23/2017 12:38:00 AM

Also popular is tubing down the Chattahoochee River, which winds through Helen. Murdock was inspired by the legendary Valhalla restaurant in Sausalito, Calif., near San Francisco. The owner “had all these gorgeous women walking around in gowns serving

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The five most dangerous creatures in the Chattahoochee River

Ledger-Enquirer

Date: 7/22/2017 12:54:00 AM

The Chattahoochee River — a place for friends, fun, paddling and summer sun. But what mysterious creatures lurk beneath the murky water? What denizens of the deep await, ready to strike the unsuspecting paddleboarder when they least expect it? How can we

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Grand Rapids Whitewater hires CEO with river restoration experience

MLive

Date: 7/21/2017 2:24:00 PM

"The Chattahoochee river restoration project has several similarities to the Grand River Project and they are seeing the significant environmental, economic, and social benefits of a restored urban waterway," said Muller, who has served as a volunteer co

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Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Striper bite strong at the thermocline level

Gainesville Times

Date: 7/20/2017 8:08:00 PM

The main lake and creeks mouths are clear to slightly stained. The creeks and rivers are clear to very stained. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is clear. Check generation schedules before heading out to the river at 770-945-1466. Bass fishing is

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Lake Lanier Islands hosts Inaugural “I Love Beach Music” Festival

Gwinnett Daily Post

Date: 7/20/2017 6:48:00 PM

Lake Lanier Islands invites any and all guests to soak up the last bit of summer in their inaugural I Love Beach Music Festival. On July 28 and 29, those interested have the opportunity to listen to some beachy tunes; eat culinary, buffet-style food; and

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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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