Buford Dam Water Release Schedule

Photograph by Robert Sutherland
Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Trying to find the water release schedule for Lake Lanier’s Buford Dam is similar to trying to find a missing Bluetooth headset.

We know that we saw it recently.  We know we didn’t lose it.  We know that we’ll probably never find it because it’s easier to buy a new one or move into another house where somebody else previously lost a Bluetooth.

Folks who want to fish, hike or kayak on the Chattahoochee River down below Buford Dam need to know when excess water will be flushed from Lake Lanier.

They know there is a way to determine when water will be released from the dang dam, but locating that information can be frustrating.

There are times when it can be a life or death situation.  When you hear the warning sirens sounded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) at Lake Lanier, it can be too late to react.

We urge you to print out this list of water release resources and put it in a safe place that you will always remember.  Who knows?   If you do, you might even find your lost Bluetooth, cell phone, car keys, glasses, wallet, tax records, jewelry or TV clickers.

Sources for Information on Buford Dam Water Releases

Online Resource

  1. Click Here for USACE Links to Water Releases

  2. Select:  “Buford Dam/Lake Sidney Lanier” from the drop-down menu.
  3. Then, select the date you want from the second drop-down menu that will appear.

Telephone Resources

  • Toll-free phone number:  855-326-3569
  • Local number770-945-1466

Low-Power AM Radio Station

A low-power radio station continuously broadcasts water release information in the immediate vicinity of Buford Dam.  Tune to 1610 AM to hear the latest information.

Click Here for USACE Info on Lake Lanier Water Levels


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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(2) Comments

  1. Brad

    Thanks for keeping people informed. The only thing is that they don’t just , ” flush excess water from the lake.” They can and will release water regardless of the lake level. Be aware of scheduled releases before you get near the river!

  2. Phil Robinson

    The only thing that I’d like to add is that when you are below the dam and you hear the warning siren go off, they’re not fooling around! It’s time to pack up your stuff and move to the lakeside of the damn, where you can fish the shoreline or just visit one of the park areas! Once the water is released it tends to rise fairly quickly and you don’t want any of your party to run the risk of unnecessary danger by getting caught up in the flow! Have fun, but be safe!!

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