For motorcycle enthusiasts this has been a wonderful rain-free summer. For those who own boats, however, the drought has caused annoying and dangerous low water levels in Lake Lanier. A few boat ramps on Lake Lanier have closed.
At 11:15 AM on October 27, 2016, the official level of Lake Lanier — as measured by the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) at Buford Dam — was 1062.68 feet above sea level. That’s 8.32 feet below “full summer pool.”
We’re at the point where the ACE is closing some boat ramps due to the lack of sufficient water to launch vessels. More will close until the lake stops draining and is replenished by rainfall.