High water on Lake Lanier and debris floating into the lake are closing parks and endangering boaters. Flood watches are posted for many North Georgia counties in the vicinity of Lake Lanier due to the recent incessant rainfall, with more expected.
Lake Lanier was at 1074.22 at 7 AM on December 29, 2015, four feet above “full winter pool” of 1070 feet above sea level. On March 30, 1980, Lanier hit its highest recent level — 1076.05 — according to the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). The highest the lake ever reached was 1077.15 on April 14, 1964.
Exceptional water levels are afflicting the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue as well. We’ll keep you posted on the Polar Bear Swim, scheduled for January first.
Deputy Public Affairs Officer Lisa Parker for the USACE reports the Corps is closing these recreation areas on Lake Lanier. Others are subject to closure, depending on the weather.
- Sardis Creek Park
- Little Ridge Park
- Lula Park
- Long Hollow Park
- Simpson Park
- Robinson Park
USACE boat docks on Lanier are facing temporary closures as well. You may check the USACE website for Lake Lanier for updated information on lake levels, parks and water safety.