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The making of Lake Lanier

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Lake Lanier’s History

There’s nothing quite like spending a hot summer day at the lake, but many Georgians probably don’t realize that Lake Lanier, one of the most popular local lakes, is entirely man-made.

It officially came to be when the Corps of Engineers finished Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River in 1956. The lake was built as a way to manage flood control of the river, and supply water and electricity for the city of Atlanta.

Over the course of the next 20 years, countless projects took place including the building of Lake Lanier Islands, which opened up an area for large resorts.

Lindsay Gordon, 360 Media, Inc.

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