Lake Lanier is a reservoir in the northern portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. It 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. The lake encompasses 38,000 acres (150 km2) of water, and 692 miles (1,114 km) of shoreline at normal level, a “full summer pool” of 1,071 feet (326 m) above mean sea level. 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 (GDNR).
After several years of drought and falling water levels in Lake Lanier, the last few days have been drastically different.Nearly 4 inches of rain have fallen in Gainesville. Nearly 2.5 inches of that amount fell on Sunday morning alone.The effect on Lake Lanier has been dramatic with water levels up around 2 feet since the rains started last week, and over 1.6 feet since last Friday.The lake is expected to rise further as more run-off comes down from the North Georgia mountains, through the Chestatee and Chattahoochee rivers and into Lake Lanier.
As of Monday afternoon the lake stands at approximately 1066 feet above sea level. For residents around the lake this is great news as the Corps of Engineers had previously predicted that Lanier would be at around three feet lower at this time. The Corps is monitoring the situation via Buford Dam , which controls outflows from the lake, but flooding is not expected as the lake is still substantially short of full pool.