Lake Lanier

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Lake Level
1,064.71 FEET
9/26/2016
Full Pool: 1,071.0
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Extreme drought leads to grassland, wood fires

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Date: 9/23/2016 9:15:00 PM

Lake Lanier, which is Atlanta’s source of drinking water, dropped from 1,065.05 feet the previous week to 1064.87 feet Friday. The full pool level for summer is 1,071 feet

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Intercity trip lessons: Greenville has the engineers, Columbus has the ‘real river’

Ledger-Enquirer

Date: 9/23/2016 5:01:00 PM

“Sounds like Columbus has found its waterfall,” he says. Actually, it’s way better. It’s the mighty Chattahoochee River, with the world’s longest urban whitewater course to boot. And White, a master showman who as a boy traveled to Columbus for a

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Watch the UGA-Ole Miss game on a 5-story screen at Lake Lanier

Access Atlanta

Date: 9/23/2016 10:11:00 AM

Want more news? Sign up for free newsletters to get more of the AJC delivered to your inbox. College football. On a five-story, high-definition screen. On the beach at Lake Lanier. It's all happening Saturday at Lanier Islands' "Game Day Lanier" event

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Lake Lanier Fishing Report: Bass hitting top-water as temperatures begin to cool

Gainesville Times

Date: 9/22/2016 10:19:00 PM

Lake surface temperatures are in the low 80s. The Chattahoochee River below Buford Dam is clear. Check generation schedules before heading out to the river at 770-945-1466. Bass: Some anglers have had to work for a limit while others are catching 20 fish

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Free events offered Saturday for National Hunting and Fishing Day

Athens Banner-Herald

Date: 9/22/2016 7:58:00 PM

A Kid’s Fishing Event is being held on the Chattahoochee River just below Lake Lanier’s Buford Dam. The activities here begin at 9 a.m. and run until 1 p.m. Kids 15 and younger that are accompanied by an adult can learn to fish for trout. Fly-tying

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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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