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Drought conditions continue to impact Lake Lanier

Published Sept. 10, 2012

MOBILE, Ala.—The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Lake Lanier Shoreline Management Section has been working under a modified schedule since May 20, 2012, in an effort to provide support for public safety initiatives at the project.  Given that the “recreation season” has ended, normal shoreline management work schedules will resume on Monday, September 10, 2012.  However, it should be noted that due to the lake level dropping below 1063 mean sea level, the project is currently operating under the Low Water Action Plan.

It is expected that the water level at Lake Lanier will continue to decline as drought conditions persists throughout the southeast.    Lower lake levels require that USACE curtail some operations.   Permit requests for new private docks and upgrades to existing private docks will not be accepted until the lake level rises above 1064 (msl).   This is in accordance with the Lake Lanier Low Water Action Plan and is an action we have taken previously under similar drought/low lake level conditions.  We regret any inconvenience this may cause, but it is important to be able to properly address requests with adequate water to make informed decisions.

USACE advises boaters to take extra precaution due to lower lake levels. Boaters should be alert for underwater obstructions such as shallow areas, rocks, stumps and trees.

For additional information or questions contact the Lake Lanier Project Management Office at 770-945-9531.  For the daily lake level, call 770-945-1467.  The 30-day lake level forecasts and historical lake level information can be found at (

Lisa A. Parker

Release no. 12-025