Solar Powered Navigation Lights on Lanier

Sailboats not sailing on a Sunday afternoon on Lake Lanier. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland
Sailboats not sailing on a Sunday afternoon on Lake Lanier. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

The first of 20 solar-powered lights have been placed on existing hazard markers on Lake Lanier, under a pilot program from the Lake Lanier Association (LLA).

I know what you’re thinking.

“Solar powered?  On Lake Lanier?  This summer? Hahahah!”

Sure, rain-powered lights would make more sense here this year, but there aren’t any.

We still think the installation of the solar-powered lights is a great idea.  Who knows? Maybe it will be sunny on Lake Lanier again someday.  We have to have hope — even if it’s stupid to believe in something that hopeless.

The blinking lights are installed on existing hazard markers near:
  • Old Federal Campground
  • Vanns Tavern
  • Three Sisters Islands
  • Four Mile Creek
  • Six Mile Creek and
  • Young Deer Creek.

The lights are on a photocell, so they will only operate in hours of darkness. They are yellow in color and flash on for one second, then off for three seconds.

I was scheduled to go out on Lanier with real, live important people to take pictures of the lights, but the trip was called off.

yellow candleYup, it rained that day.

I couldn’t share any cool pictures with you, but I found a shot that will have to suffice until I take real pictures on Friday.

Unless it rains.

For the next 12 months, the Lake Lanier Association will be collecting feedback from the community on this idea.

You are encouraged by LLA to download a pdf copy of their Lake Lanier Lighted Marker Program Comment Form.  They’d like you to share your thoughts and comments.  If you want to tell them what you think, this is the way.

This form may be returned via e-mail, fax, regular mail, or dropped off either at the Corps of Engineers office at Buford Dam or the LLA office in Gainesville.

LLA Contact Info


  • Lake Lanier Association
  • North Georgia Community Foundation Building
  • 615F Oak Street, #100
  • Gainesville, Georgia  30501-8526

Phone: 770-503-7757

Email: [email protected]

Click Here for LLA’s Lighted Marker Program Comment Form

Click Here for the Lake Lanier Association

About Author

Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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