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Jul. 28, 2014
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July 28, 2014
Most of the work on the pedestrian tunnel between the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue boathouse and tower/grandstands site was completed last month.

July 28, 2014
Hall County Chief Appraiser Steve Watson said his office was aiming to respond to at least 90 percent of appraisal appeals it received from property owners by the first week of September.

July 28, 2014
ACF Stakeholders, Inc. may complete a private-backed, scientifically-based plan to bring a truce to tri-state water wars late this fall.

July 28, 2014
The Hall County Commission is interested in leasing two U.S. Army Corps of Engineers parks on Lake Lanier and would like to be considered in potential lease agreement for any other Corps-operated parks in the county.

July 28, 2014
The Gainesville Hall ’96 board delved into the nitty gritty of running the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue and Clarks Bridge Park at its July meeting at the LLOV tower.

July 28, 2014
It’s difficult to find Bonny Putney at home these days. Between her dedication to keeping Georgia’s waterways clean to her love of the water and paddling, she spends much of her time on the road – er, water – across the state and in the Southeast.


July 28, 2014
Marine Specialties has sold product for nearly quarter century

July 28, 2014
Thanks to University Yacht Club and the Wounded Warriors organization, 35 families enjoyed a day at the lake recently that included rides on houseboats, a cookout, swimming and socializing.

July 28, 2014
For a Hawgin’ good time Labor Day Weekend, head out to Laurel Park in Gainesville for a triple dip stacked with some of the world’s best barbecue, exciting athletic antics, and live music.

July 28, 2014
Lakeside News will have coverage of the USA Canoe/Kayak Sprint National Championship in its September issue
June 30, 2014
Ever thought “I bet I can do that!” when you see a stand up paddle boarder gracefully stroking across Lake Lanier? You can find out this summer at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, where SUP boards, canoes, and kayaks, and rowing shells are all part of summer fun at the boathouse.

June 30, 2014
The prospect of a Hall County lease of Bolding Mill Park will not detour the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers from seeking marina proposals for the Lake Lanier park.

June 30, 2014
Visitors to Don Carter State Park can explore the shoreline by water, take a dip at the beach, and learn a new skill in a Learn to Canoe class.

June 30, 2014
Batten down the hatches for charity: Join the 6th Annual Pirates of Lanier Poker Run

June 30, 2014
The Hall County Tax Assessor’s office expected to begin on-site inspections of property appraisals submitted for appeals the first week of July.

June 30, 2014
The Fourth of July weekend is just the beginning of a fun-filled month at Lake Lanier Islands.

June 30, 2014
USACK Championship set for Olympic venue July 31-Aug. 3; Dragon Boat Challenge has small launch, big enthusiasm

June 30, 2014
Two new docks and gangways are expected to be installed at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue in September.

June 30, 2014
For the fourth year, UYC has hosted its summertime Junior Sailing Program for the children and grandchildren of members and friends of the club.

June 30, 2014
Over the past couple of months, slipholders at both Holiday Marina and Sunrise Cove Marina have been noticing dock upgrades.

June 30, 2014
The slogan “A day on the water is always a good day,” was never more true for anyone other than Rick Marton.

June 30, 2014
A world of choices of some of the country’s best craft beers has arrived in South Hall County.

June 30, 2014
Reader asks captains to be aware of wake

June 2, 2014
Lakegoers can now enjoy Famous Nathan’s hot dogs on Lanier Islands Parkway.

June 2, 2014
Fish Tales restaurant at Hideaway Bay Marina has expanded yet again.

June 2, 2014
More than 64 college teams compete in huge May event.

June 2, 2014
A private tri-state organization seeking to settle more than two decades of water wars between the states has postponed completion of its scientific based water-sharing plan.


June 2, 2014
Beginning July 1, 16-year-olds piloting boats on Lake Lanier should carry something with them besides a cooler of soft drinks, life jackets, and tropical-smelling sunscreen. They need a boater education certificate on board to prove they have been schooled to operate a motorized vessel.

June 2, 2014
GH ’96 considers new docks • Organizer hopes local dragon boat races will build support

June 2, 2014
The inconveniences travelers encounter this summer due to the temporary closure of Ga. 284/Clarks Bridge Road are expected to alleviate future traffic jams near the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

June 2, 2014
This spring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reviewed existing docks to determine the number of dock permits that will most likely be available later this year.

June 2, 2014
Summer’s in full swing at Islands with festivals, events and more • Islands’ Summer Steak and Seafood Buffet: perfect combo of choices for all tastes


June 2, 2014
Don’t use that upside-down life jacket to bob up and down in the water any more. Now there’s the BumFloat!

June 2, 2014
The Lake Lanier real estate market has had a lot of ups and downs since its peak in 2007, but no segment has seen more challenges than the luxury market.

June 2, 2014
The 16th annual Rubber Duck Derby on Lake Lanier turned out to be record breaking – with 18,000 ducks “adopted” for a chance to win the $10,000 grand prize.

April 29, 2014
Sunset Cove starts the spring season with all boats, big and small. The popular area at Lake Lanier Islands saw a busy weekend at the end of April with an in-the-water boat show, Islands activities and the annual Lake Lanier Association meeting.

April 29, 2014
It’s a soothing combination: the graceful flow of water and smooth moves of yoga. Put them together on a stand up paddle board and float your stress away.

April 29, 2014
By early May, visitors and boaters at Bald Ridge Marina can gobble up sandwiches and more at Lenny’s on Lanier at Bald Ridge.

April 29, 2014
The reappraisal of nearly 7,000 properties fronting Lake Lanier in Hall County has property owners bracing for higher tax bills and real estate agents questioning fairness.

April 29, 2014
The Gainesville Hall ’96 board discussed immediate repairs and long term improvements for the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue at its first meeting with the newly appointed venue manager, Morgan House.

April 29, 2014
A full array of events at Sunset Cove keeps the lake hopping all season • Pets welcome at Lanier Islands this season

April 29, 2014
Morgan House strode out of the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue tower in dress khakis, sports jacket, crisp shirt, and a tie. The former Olympic hopeful had shed his morning workout garb and a childhood dream for a new day as the first manager of the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

April 29, 2014
With the closing of Lanier Harbor Marina earlier this year, Hideaway Bay Marina has become Lake Lanier’s “BoatU.S. Cooperating Marina,” according to Michael Duling, general manager at Hideaway.

April 29, 2014
Paddles spin every weekend at LLOV • Rowers compete with wind/rain in regatta weekend

April 29, 2014
If the name sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve probably eaten at the year-round restaurant at Hideaway Bay. However, instead of serving up plates of specialty fish, salads and more, Fish Tales Watersports rents pontoon boats, jet skis, kayaks and paddleboard.

April 29, 2014
The biggest craze on the lake comes from the beach

April 29, 2014
Nearly 40 boats gathered on Lake Lanier for the two-day Dogwood Sailing Regatta in early April.

April 29, 2014
Lake Lanier Sailing Club hosts open house on May 10

March 31, 2014
Morgan House, a Gainesville native who grew up kayaking on Lake Lanier, will be the first venue manager of the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

March 31, 2014
With nearly a dozen dining options on and around Lake Lanier – even more if you include all the choices at Lake Lanier Islands – there’s no excuse to go hungry this season.

March 31, 2014
Hints of spring last month brought winter-weary sun lovers to Don Carter State Park where plenty of people sought naturalistic getaways.

March 31, 2014
The Florida lawsuit against Georgia over water rights passed into the next round of legal procedures last month and Georgia hired a new legal firm to represent it in ongoing water litigation.

March 31, 2014
As supports for a new bridge over a northern reach of Lake Lanier were being drilled, local residents studied state plans for a road widening project that would build two additional new bridges.

March 31, 2014
Lake Lanier Islands Resort has a new chief operating officer. Bradley Anderholm has joined the executive leadership team, bringing more than 30 years of experience in the travel and hospitality arena.

March 31, 2014
Summer fun starts early at Islands, with concerts, buffets and special events


March 31, 2014
Lula Bridge race; GH ’96 prioritizes improvements, seeks new board members

March 31, 2014
Marine Surveyors of North Georgia has custom built a device to connect to all three shore power connections for every vessel. The company has named the product Stray Current Sensor.

March 31, 2014
Tony Jonovitch waited for the blue wave to hit his Lake Lanier restaurant. A hungry pack of Wolverines was about to strike Skogie’s Lakeside and the restaurateur knew they eat a lot.

March 31, 2014
The Lake Lanier Association’s annual meeting is set for Sunday, April 27, 2014.

March 31, 2014
Carefree Boat Club on Lake Lanier held its ribbon cutting ceremony late last month

February 28, 2014
Construction crews drilling into bedrock under Lake Lanier to set a new Clarks Bridge caused hardly a ripple on the surface for boaters and road travelers as work progressed last month.

February 28, 2014
Ian Jezak, 14, was concentrating hard to make the windward mark on the international race course off the coast of Argentina last month, when all of a sudden a strange dark object broke the surface of the water.

February 28, 2014
Nearly 200 supporters took the plunge at Lake Lanier Island’s Sunset Cove last month during the Polar Plunge for Special Olympics Georgia.

February 28, 2014
The first new marina on Lake Lanier in decades could be open by spring 2015 if a plan by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is fulfilled.

February 28, 2014
Georgia last month filed a lengthy opposition to a Florida lawsuit over water rights and sat waiting for Tennessee to respond to a lawsuit threat posed last year.

February 28, 2014
More than 1,500 college, high school, and middle school rowers will converge on Lake Lanier for a double regatta weekend March 29-30.

February 28, 2014
With new menu and drink offerings, enclosed sides and heaters for guests, Lake Lanier Islands Resort’s Sunset Cove is already open for business for 2014.

February 28, 2014
Barkley Geib bought a marina in the 1990s and it changed his life.

February 28, 2014
Fest celebrates Appalachian Trail community; Two weekends for wine tasting

February 28, 2014
Enjoy all the fun of boat ownership without the costs or upkeep when you join Carefree Boat Club on Lake Lanier.

February 28, 2014
J&L Dock Supplies recognized as a top Shoremaster dealer

February 28, 2014
Groupon has honored The Spa at Lanier as part of its annual Best of Groupon collection, which recognizes local businesses for the popularity of their Groupon campaigns and high levels of customer service.


February 9, 2014
After 21 years and five days, Lanier Harbor Marina has closed. Marina owner Barkley Geib says he’s moving on to the next chapter in the rest of his life.

January 31, 2014
Attendance at January’s four-day Atlanta Boat Show was up by 25 percent, with nearly 25,000 people checking out what’s new for the 2014 boating season at the Georgia World Congress Center.

January 31, 2014
Almost 30 years ago, George McDonald, who lived on Lee Street in Buford, opened Old McDonald’s Real Pit BBQ on the main road to Holiday Marina.

January 31, 2014
Some winter visitors to Lake Lanier can be seen frolicking and feeding on the water before they fly back home next month.

January 31, 2014
Lake Lanier extended a full, but certainly not warm welcome into the New Year for a possible record number of participants in the annual Polar Bear Swim.

January 31, 2014
As the deadline approached for Georgia’s response to Florida’s lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court over water rights, a tri-state organization seeking to settle the water wars out of court tightened release of information.


January 31, 2014
A Gainesville Hall ’96 selection committee has narrowed its search for a Lake Lanier Olympic Venue to eight candidates.

January 31, 2014
It may never be known why two young Dawson County men wound up in freezing waters of Lake Lanier the second day of 2014.

January 31, 2014
UVA braves January cold to train on Lanier • Athletes test winter fitness at Mark Williams Ergatta • LLRC  members celebrated the New Year with the annual Polar Bear Row

January 31, 2014
In his annual Native Intelligence report, presented in late January in Gainesville, Frank Norton emphasized the importance of water on the economic condition and growth of Northeast Georgia and the South.

January 31, 2014
Now that the great recession is loosening its grip, you may be considering putting your lake house on the market this spring.

January 31, 2014
First-time novelist and Lake Lanier resident Roland Smith has used his experience in the airline business to craft a novel of intrigue.

January 31, 2014
For the sixth year, members of the North Georgia Barbershop Singers are offering an in-person singing Valentine.

December 30, 2013
Last month emerged as perhaps highest December on record for Lake Lanier after rainfall amounts in North Georgia measured nearly twice the 30 year average for the month.

December 30, 2013
Saturday afternoon visitors to Amicalola Falls State Park can gaze into some of the most mesmerizing eyes on the planet at the weekly “Who Gives a Hoot? Owl Show”.

December 30, 2013
City and county governments approved the service and lease agreement on the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue last month.

December 30, 2013
Special Olympians joined local officials and Special Olympics Georgia staff members in the December press conference announcing Hall County as the 2014-2016 pick for the State Fall Games and Horse Show.

December 30, 2013
To quote Jimmy Buffett’s song Craig and Chris Blaisdell of Buford are just quietly making noise in their basement workshop on Lanier Islands Parkway.

December 30, 2013
Thanks to the high lake levels, recovering economy and low interest rates, the year 2013 saw a healthy improvement in the Lake Lanier real estate market.

December 30, 2013
Crews flocking south to Lanier; Ross and McLain named Paddlers of the Year

December 30, 2013
Fresh Georgia pecans, syrup and sugar simmered into caramel, and a buttery, flaky crust that crumbles in your mouth are the ingredients that have made Amanda Wilbanks’ Caramel Pecan Pie a nationwide favorite.


December 30, 2013
On a cool sunny day late last year, Singleton Marine Group hosted its first-ever fall leaf cruise and low-country boil for customers.

December 2, 2013
Work has begun on construction of a new two lane bridge with bike-able shoulders and a pedestrian tunnel to replace the narrow 1958-built span over Lake Lanier on Ga. 284 (Clarks Bridge).

December 2, 2013
After taking a year off from super boat racing, Dee Early and his Crazy Chicken offshore race team raked in another World Championship last month.

December 2, 2013
A group of Boy Scouts in Birmingham launch a capsule that drifted downward into Lake Lanier not far from the start line of Lake Lanier Sailing Club’s Miss Piggy J-22 Regatta.

December 2, 2013
The U.S. Supreme Court is allowing Georgia extra time to respond to a lawsuit filed by Florida over water rights.

December 2, 2013
Georgia boating laws governing right of way, navigation lights, boating under the influence, and post-crash actions were central in the trial of Paul J. Bennett, acquitted of homicide by vessel last month in Hall County Superior Court.


December 2, 2013
A week after Hall County Commissioners announced the Glades Reservoir Project was selected to receive a direct state investment from the Governor’s Water Supply Program (GWSP), a Georgia water watchdog organization listed the state funding program among its “Dirty Dozen.”


December 2, 2013
When Tom Child sets his sights on a goal, he’s laser focused and operates with a purpose. What began for him in 1988 as a small operation installing boat lifts has grown into one of the most well-known businesses on Lake Lanier – Marine Specialties Inc.

December 2, 2013
Dozens apply for LLOV manager position; Mural reveal ceremony
December 2, 2013
Local artists set up easels around Lake Lanier.
December 2, 2013
Buford locals Noah Pescitelli and Thomas Zaczek received second place in the Georgia B.A.S.S. Nation High School Fishing State Championship.

December 2, 2013
Three Melgus sailboat crews headed to warmer seas in November and one crew came back with third place in the field of a dozen at the Melges 24 Invitational in Tampa in November.


December 2, 2013
2014 Atlanta Boat Show set to be largest in four years

December 1, 2013
Millions of sparkling lights that comprise nearly 100 animated light displays are the main attraction each Christmas at Lake Lanier Islands’ Magical Nights of Lights, but that’s not the only reason to visit the resort.

October 28, 2013
Shades of red, maroon, and pink form the muscular physiques of a rower and kayaker painted on the grandstand wall of the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue tower, site of the first public art project in Hall County.

October 28, 2013
Opening in mid November, this year’s Magical Nights of Lights glittering light display and Holiday Village offer fun for the whole family.

October 28, 2013
The week that Florida Gov. Rick Scott filed suit in U.S. Supreme Court over Georgia’s use of water in the Chattahoochee and Flint system, 56 members of the ACFS governing body, including 14 from Florida, unanimously approved a resolution asking the governor to delay the lawsuit and further legal action.

October 28, 2013
Gainesville Hall ’96 will be taking applications for a venue manager for the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue through the end of November.

October 28, 2013
Eight endurance athletes have a new perspective on Lake Lanier after swimming 6.4 miles from the Dawsonville Highway bridge to Brown’s Bridge last month.

October 28, 2013
Three children’s charities are starting the holiday season with more jingle in their pockets, thanks to the generosity of Lanier Partners of North Georgia and the Pirates of Lanier Poker Run this past summer.

October 28, 2013
Executive director Joanna Cloud  said Shore Sweep 2013 was "one of our best yet!"

October 28, 2013
State Rep. Carl Rogers announced he would withdraw House Bill 689 after more than 300 people, predominately cyclists, packed the Hall County Commission Room Oct. 7 in an occasionally revved up hearing with security on hand.

October 28, 2013
I never knew what hit me. I was pedaling at about 20 miles per hour. The approaching vehicle, heading in the opposite direction, was probably going about 45 mph. Wham!

October 16, 2013
The Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club had to adjust its finances a bit to replace motors stolen from three of its coaching boats Oct. 13 or 14.

September 30, 2013
Corn mazes, pumpkin patches, and hayrides draw thousands of visitors to picturesque farms to celebrate the fall harvest.

September 30, 2013
Gainesville Hall ’96 has submitted the first draft of a service contract to the city and county outlining the organization’s goals and business plan for the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

September 30, 2013
State and local officials joined park staff and visitors in dedicating Don Carter State Park to the Gainesville outdoorsman and conservationist whose labors helped assure working folks have plenty of natural places to unwind.

September 30, 2013
Southern hospitality and Asian culture merged beautifully in the 18th annual Atlanta Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

September 30, 2013
Great weather and a good turnout netted nearly $30,000 for Special Olympics Georgia in the middle of September at the Special Olympics Regatta, hosted by Southern Sailing Club for the 14th year.

September 30, 2013
At first all fisherman Gerald Kennedy knew was that he’d snagged a big fish.
September 30, 2013
Developing a film industry in Georgia started as a light-bulb moment for Ed Spivia, a former radio journalist who became public relations director of the Georgia Department of Industry and Trade.
September 30, 2013
On Lanier Islands Parkway a short distance from I-985, a new non-profit corporation, The Spa at Lanier, was recently welcomed by the community.

September 30, 2013
On the second Tuesday night each month the dance floor at Luna’s Restaurant in downtown Gainesville fills with spirited dancers who’ve yearned for a venue for the 50-and-older crowd.

September 30, 2013
With a career in medical diagnostics sales and marketing under his belt, Oakwood’s Jim Stephens rather seems an unlikely candidate to pen a romantic story of World War II.

September 19, 2013
The annual Taste of Gainesville has been canceled this year.
September 9, 2013
Due to circumstances beyond the control of Lake Lanier Islands Resort, the Jimmie Vaughan concert was canceled this past Saturday.
August 29, 2013
As Lake Lanier brimmed at its highest summer level ever, one might expect a booming lake economy buoyed by high waters. But, many lake area businesses report the rain that raised the lake above full pool since early spring has plummeted their bottom line for the season.

August 29, 2013
There have always been weddings at Lake Lanier Islands, but not until about three years ago did the concept of waterside weddings blossom.

August 29, 2013
Tourists cruising Lake Lanier with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper founder Sally Bethea learned some surprising facts about the lake’s water quality, history and other issues.

August 29, 2013
The 17th Annual Hong Kong Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival is expected to be the biggest yet with more entertainment and food than ever before.

August 29, 2013
This year’s 14th annual Special Olympics Regatta takes place September 13-15 and is headquartered at Sunrise Cove Marina.
August 29, 2013
Gov. Nathan Deal will speak at the public dedication ceremony for the new Don Carter State Park on Lake Lanier Sept. 16.
August 29, 2013
Volunteers will take aim at rusted shopping carts, old tires, and general refuse released by careless hands in two Lake Lanier area clean-ups this month.

August 29, 2013
An early morning fire destroyed much of a Buford landmark on Wednesday, August 28.
August 29, 2013
Flashing lights on hazard buoys on some sections of Lake Lanier now alert boaters to dangerous conditions they may not otherwise see in darkness.

August 29, 2013
If you were around Lake Lanier in 2008 and 2009, you probably remember the dismal real estate market. Thankfully, so far in 2013, it’s a brighter day.
August 29, 2013
Eric Shanteau’s connections to Lake Lanier run deep. On Sept. 21, the Olympic swimming gold medalist will return to the shores of his childhood with Olympic teammates and about a thousand swimmers for a day of open water swimming.


August 29, 2013
The movie stars have come and gone, but there’s still evidence of their nearly four months in and around Lake Lanier. Adam Sandler and his Happy Madison production company left Flowery Branch better than they found it, choosing the area for the majority of filming of “The Familymoon.”
August 29, 2013
LCKC athletes medal in National Championship; Governments await Gainesville-Hall ’96 budget
July 29, 2013
Every three years like clockwork, they come to Lake Lanier from across the US. Dozens of descendants of the Vikings gather on the south side of the lake for four days of old-time family fun, reminiscing and plenty of good food.

July 29, 2013
The opening of Don Carter State Park brought a stream of visitors to check out the first state park on Lake Lanier.

July 29, 2013
The big guns showed up in force for the 5th Annual Pirates of Lanier Poker Run in the middle of July, making waves and helping Lanier Partners set a new record for raising funds for the children.

July 29, 2013
Proposed legislation by Georgia’s 9th District U.S. Rep. Doug Collins would cut fees paid by some marina-based businesses to a flat rate of 1 percent.

July 29, 2013
Lake Lanier is fuller than it ever has been in summer according to measures taken by the U.S. Corps of Engineers at Buford Dam.

July 29, 2013
Boating incidents and arrests for boating under the influence on Lake Lanier were a fraction of last year’s count at mid-summer, while the number of drownings and fatalities remained the same.

July 29, 2013
The Lake Lanier Association and the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper are seeking additional volunteers to help with the groups’ Neighborhood Water Watch program.

July 29, 2013
As of mid-July, no checks had been written for the $300,000 budgeted by Gainesville and Hall County governments for improvements at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.
July 29, 2013
Lanier Canoe & Kayak athletes dominated senior canoe events and took top spots in kayak races at the Lake Placid International Regatta July 6-7.
July 29, 2013
Carla Smith of Cuming has opened Lanier Tint, a mobile business to serve the Lake Lanier area with window tinting for boats, vehicles, residences and commercial buildings.

July 29, 2013
Noel and Tony Massey with their blended family of five children were looking for a way to spend more family time together, so they bought The Dam Store in May.

July 29, 2013
Home Town Spirits, the popular beverage store and community partner on Spout Springs Road, has new owners.

July 1, 2013
Rangers surveyed a popular party zone adjacent to the Lake Lanier Islands beach, where they issued warnings for wave runners roughing up the no wake zone and pulled boats over for improper display of registration numbers.

July 1, 2013
The coaches were prepped and ready for the young aspiring sailing students as University Yacht Club conducted two one-week sailing camps in June.

July 1, 2013
Lake Lanier’s average level in May was the highest on record for that month and the average elevation of Lanier’s waters in June was shaping up to be among the top six ever recorded for the first month of summer.

July 1, 2013
The biggest lake party of the year takes place on the weekend of July 18-20 as the fifth annual Pirates of Lanier Poker Run takes center stage at Lake Lanier.
July 1, 2013
A proposal seeking public-private cooperation to keep Lake Lanier recreation sites open is under review by the U.S. Army COE legal department.
July 1, 2013
Two parks in the Georgia mountains are among five state lodge parks contracted for private management beginning July 1.
July 1, 2013
Funding for improvements to the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue remained on the Hall County’s 2014 fiscal year budget prior to a commission vote on the budget June 27; Paddlers on dragon boats, stand up boards, recreational canoes, and kayaks cut the water in the June 22 SUP Sidney and LCKC Paddlethon at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.
July 1, 2013
With more than 500 dealers, the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market celebrated its 10th anniversary in the middle of June.
July 1, 2013
Have you become a member of Lake Lanier Islands yet? From fast gate access to unlimited boat ramp use, these new clubs cater to the “frequent beacher” at the 1,100-acre park.


July 1, 2013
Friday and Saturday nights at Windows restaurant at Lake Lanier Islands Resort bring in the locals to enjoy the lavish Seafood and Steakhouse buffets.

July 1, 2013
Georgia Tech brought its "Georgia Summer Tour" to Lake Lanier in June with a reception hosted by President G.P "Bud" Peterson.
June 13, 2013
The Lake Lanier Association brought good news – and attention to continuing issues – to its membership at the organization’s early June annual meeting.
May 31, 2013
Gainesville and Hall County officials pledged to provide $300,000 in public funds for improvements to the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

May 31, 2013
“It’s beautiful!” is the oft-heard exclamation of folks gazing upon Lake Lanier’s brimming glory at its highest point since September 2004.

May 31, 2013
Supporters of raising Lake Lanier’s official full pool to 1,073 feet are getting a preview of what that might look like.
May 31, 2013
In response to a concern about our push to increase the full pool of Lake Lanier to 1,073 feet
May 31, 2013
Have you dreamed of staying on a luxury houseboat on Lake Lanier but didn’t know where to start? Now you can rent a fully appointed houseboat, complete with a master captain, for a couple of hours, a day, a weekend or longer.


May 31, 2013
High water, top awards for local Paddlers at national collegiate regatta; Rowers shine at ACRA Regatta on Lanier; LCKC athletes chosen to Team USA

May 31, 2013
Frank Stabilito loves adventure on the land and the water. That’s why he’s opened Offshore Powersports at 6067 Lanier Islands Parkway.

May 31, 2013
In an unprecedented event, nearly 100 works by members of The American Society of Marine Artists will be presented by the Quinlan Visual Arts Center in Gainesville from June 13 through August 17.
May 31, 2013
More than 100 boats have already registered for mid-July’s Pirates of Lanier Poker Run and slots are filling up fast, according to event organizers.
May 31, 2013
Heavy winter and spring rainfall has slowed construction on Don Carter State Park, located on the northern reaches of Lake Lanier.

May 31, 2013
Gov. Nathan Deal and law enforcement officials announced a concerted effort on land and water to enforce the state’s new boating under the influence law. The law, which went into effect May 15, lowers the blood alcohol content for BUI to .08 from the previous limit of .10.
May 26, 2013
Officials from the Personal Watercraft Industry Association kicked off a national safety campaign May 21 at Port Royale Marina.

April 29, 2013

For more than 30 years, Jackie Joseph has given unselfishly of her time and talents as a champion for Lake Lanier.

April 29, 2013
Gov. Nathan Deal came to Lake Lanier to sign into law a bill that originated from tragedies on her waters last summer.

April 29, 2013
Two incidents early this year show what can happen when distraction or discourtesy create hazards on a lake shared by boats of all kinds.

April 29, 2013
Tennessee governor jokes he’ll trade water for Atlanta Braves, Stone Mountain
April 29, 2013
Summer’s almost here and that means the lake’s eateries are gearing up for fine and fun dining.
April 29, 2013
The fun begins on the weekend of May 11 when LanierWorld opens at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. The park will be open daily starting May 18.
April 29, 2013
1000-plus rowers heading to Lanier For National College Championship May 25-26; Try SUP, canoe/kayak, rowing this summer at LLOV
April 29, 2013
E-mail appeals for filming locations around Lake Lanier are becoming more commonplace as filmmakers turn to Georgia.
April 29, 2013
Get ready for some finger-lickin’ top-drawer barbecue at the Gainesville Jaycees’ Second Annual Hawgin’ on Lanier at Laurel Park the weekend of May 17-18.
April 29, 2013
On Saturday, May 18, the Friends of Hall County Rescue have set up a fun workday to rehabilitate the Dive Team’s 20-foot pontoon boat
April 29, 2013
Getting tired of hanging around in the lake with a noodle? Three guys on Lake Lanier have developed the BumFloat to make your lazy days in the water fun and comfortable.
April 29, 2013
Mike Geld is a man with a mission. For years his company, Matworks, has sold carpeting around the world, including 80 percent of all the marine carpet for the boating industry.
April 29, 2013
The Fifth Annual Pirates of Lanier Poker Run will take place July 18-20, headquartered at Lake Lanier Islands Resort.
April 1, 2013
An estimated 1,500 collegiate and scholastic rowers from 16 states converged at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue the first Saturday of spring for the 27th annual John Hunter Regatta. A smaller regatta the next day, organized by the Lake Lanier Rowing Club, brought a calmer atmosphere to the venue.

April 1, 2013
Georgia legislators backed up the state’s claim to water-rich northern territory with a threat, launching what could be another war between the states over the precious resource.

April 1, 2013
Two Seattle brothers with Lake Lanier water in their blood set off in a canoe from the lake’s mountain headwaters in early March to follow the flow to the Gulf of Mexico.

April 1, 2013
BUI, boater education bill expected to become law
April 1, 2013
Chicken Festival 5K, Cook-off Spices up Gainesville Square; Spring wildflowers on guided hikes; Earth Day Celebration

April 1, 2013
Entrepreneur offers self-service boat yard on Lanier
April 1, 2013
With support from the community, Rick Dieumegarde and the Friends of Lanier Rescue have undertaken their first project – renovating the Lake Lanier pontoon boat used by Hall County Sheriff’s Office and Dive Team.

April 1, 2013
What started out as a day of fishing almost turned tragic in mid-March when a wave swamped a small john-boat near the Lake Lanier Islands bridge.

April 1, 2013
Many of us dream of writing the great American novel, but very few of us actually realize that dream. However, two local authors with Lake Lanier connections have written books that are rich in Georgia settings.

April 1, 2013
The Lanier Striped Bass Coalition 2013 Striper Round-Up is set for Saturday, April 27, from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m., and other fishing news.


April 1, 2013
Last year’s pet adoption event at Hideaway Bay led to dog getting another ‘chance’

April 1, 2013
Cpl. Shawn Elmore recently was selected as the 2012 Georgia Boating Officer of the Year for his outstanding performance as a boating safety officer. 

March 1, 2013
During  more than 40 years of being a fishing, birding, and wildlife guide on Lake Lanier, I have encountered thousands of pleasant surprises throughout many springtimes on this gorgeous lake.

March 1, 2013
The Lake Lanier Olympic Venue will be busy with the upcoming Lula Bridge Race, John Hunter Regatta and Lanier Sprints Regatta.

March 1, 2013
The City of Dahlonega got a historic gem when the forgotten Chestatee Diving Bell was pulled from the depths of a nearby river and restored. It now gleams in a Hancock Park Pavilion, steps from the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site.

March 1, 2013
Georgia Senate Bill 136 containing new regulations for boaters on Georgia waterways was scheduled for hearing by the full Senate March 1 after clearing committee.
March 1, 2013
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is spearheading a safe boating pilot project this year by offering free annual day-use passes to Corps parks on Lanier in return for boater’s participation in safe boating courses.
March 1, 2013
Wake the Lake Cable Park will open on the first weekend of April at the resort’s Sunset Cove with a special Sesitec 2.0 cable system that will support wakeboarding, wake surfing and water skiing.
March 1, 2013
Brown's Boat Detailing, Lanier Pressure Washing and Deck Sealing, Pure Performance Propellers
March 1, 2013
Why wait until summer to enjoy all that Lake Lanier Islands has to offer? The season begins this month with wine dinners, a ShamRock Music Festival, Easter festivities and an in-water boat show.

March 1, 2013
The grand prize is $20,000, but there’s also big money in the qualifying events leading up to the Skeeter 2013 Bass Challenge on Lake Lanier in October.
March 1, 2013
According to the National Association of Realtors 2012 statistics, the total home sales nationally are the highest in five years, up 9 percent over 2011.

March 1, 2013
A winery tour and hking the Appalacian trail are 2 fun things to do around north Georgia.
March 1, 2013
Cpl. Jason Roberson, a conservation ranger assigned to Lake Lanier, was named 2012 State Ranger of the Year by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division.

March 1, 2013
More than 300 “plungers” jumped into the waters of Lake Lanier last month to raise a record amount of $90,000 for Special Olympics Georgia.
February 28, 2013
Four rowers emerged cold and wet, but uninjured after a vintage 1996 Olympic boat was hit by a fishing boat Jan. 27.
January 31, 2013
During his 17-plus years in Congress, Gov. Deal kept a personal gauge on the lake. “Issues relating to the lake on a federal perspective were always very high priority for me,” he said.

January 31, 2013
University of Virginia Men’s Crew Coach Frank Biller stood outside the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue boathouse on a cold, gray morning last month and mused about the bright potential of the 1996 relic.

January 31, 2013
Georgia lawmakers are expected to act quickly on Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal’s initiatives to improve safety on Georgia waters. The governor proposed bills that would impose stricter boating under the influence standards, require young boat operators to pass a course, and raise the age requirement for children to wear life jackets on boats.

January 31, 2013
The 54-foot Sundancer sold by MarineMax took the cake at the Atlanta Boat Show in early January. Although attendance was down – due in part to the Falcons’ playoff game on Sunday – dealers and attendees enjoyed four days of wall-to-wall watercraft, seminars and activities.

January 31, 2013
Frank Norton’s yearly prognostications about the economy of North Georgia didn’t disappoint the 300 or so people who braved rainy weather to attend the Native Intelligence presentation at the Gainesville Civic Center in mid-January.
January 31, 2013
UVA rowers lead throng heading for Lanier; local egometers hosted around lake

January 31, 2013
Some of the giants have been taken down, their life-giving arms and once-strong bodies deadened by disease or cut off by urbanites. Other giants stand tall against the wind and storms and are protected by humans.


December 28, 2012
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, whose background in the lake vicinity goes back to 1968, spoke with Lakeside News from his office in the Capitol last month about the statewide importance of Lake Lanier.
December 28, 2012
With area full of leading political figures, Lake Lanier may be wielding political clout.

December 28, 2012
Georgia’s lieutenant governor Casey Cagle describes himself as a seventh generation Hall Countian whose fond Lake Lanier memories float on everything from jet skis and jon boats to houseboats. He said his 18 years in politics, 12 years as state senator, have granted him an appreciation of the lake that go beyond his boyhood exploits.
December 28, 2012
About 25 people attended the Saturday morning hearing at the Gainesville Civic Center and about 30 were at the afternoon hearing at Buford City Hall.
December 28, 2012
Polar Plunge benefitting Special Olympics set for Feb. 16
December 28, 2012
The proposed Lake Lanier Community Improvement District is one step closer to reality. The organizing group has recently announced that it has met the requirement of approval to total 75 percent of the affected property values.
December 28, 2012
Good news for Lake Lanier water levels now through spring. At the request of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reduced the amount of water released from Buford Dam through April 30.
December 28, 2012
After three public meetings, the US Army Corps of Engineers has issued updated policies about community docks on Lake Lanier.
December 28, 2012
One of Lake Lanier’s most notorious pieces of shoreline debris in Forsyth County is about to be gone. An abandoned houseboat, complete with branded skull-and-crossbones emblem, is being removed, piece by piece.
December 28, 2012
Public comment period extended for water control manual; Hornsby, McLain named LCKC Paddlers of Year; Lakeside’s ‘Favorite Memory’ contest winner writes about visit
December 28, 2012
Spending time outdoors can boost the spirit, increase energy, reduce stress, enhance creativity, and forge a connection with the natural world lost in today’s obsession with sedentary screen-based activities.
December 28, 2012
When Bob and Judy Horning decided to replace their RV camper with a houseboat on Lake Lanier, they embarked on an unexpected journey to fulfill a dream.

December 12, 2012
Caucus sets public hjearings Dec. 15
December 7, 2012
Members of the Lake Lanier Legislative Caucus got a boatload of reports last month from law enforcement and lake agencies advocating stricter standards for boating under the influence, life jacket requirements, boater education, and other measures that would affect boaters around the state if passed by the General Assembly.

November 30, 2012
Whether new to boating or an avid water enthusiast, the 2013 Progressive Insurance Atlanta Boat Show provides visitors an all-access pass to learn about and discover the fun of the boating lifestyle, in addition to shopping post-holiday deals on hundreds of new boats and marine accessories.

November 30, 2012
Private property on the quiet north end of Lake Lanier is getting a piece of the action as movie crews hit the water to film an Arnold Schwarzenegger thriller.
November 30, 2012
Those who want a cool splash into the New Year will be heading to the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue Jan. 1 for the annual Polar Bear Swim.
November 30, 2012
Singleton Marine has earned bragging rights in the boating industry. After selling 120 boats at the Atlanta Boat Show this year, the group – based at Lake  Lanier – has netted No. 1  berths as the world’s largest Cobalt, Harris Pontoon and Regal dealers.
November 30, 2012
The University of Virginia men’s crew plans to head south for winter training camp on Lake Lanier in early January. The crew, set to arrive Jan. 4 at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue, will be the first wave of 1,000-plus college athletes expected to hit the water at the venue for winter or spring training.
November 30, 2012
“You don’t have to have a boat to enjoy Lake Lanier,” Nick Baggett said recently. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Natural Resource Manager for Lake Lanier made that remark during an interview questioning whether ease of accessibility to the North Georgia lake makes it a more dangerous place.

November 30, 2012
JoAnn and Ed Pancake are the winners of the contest marking 20 years of Magical Nights of Lights sponsored by Lake Lanier Islands Resort and Lakeside News.

November 30, 2012
Many cities around Lake Lanier planned to kick off the holiday season with festivities.
November 30, 2012

True to his promise of serving seasonal fresh local foods, Antebellum Chef Nicholas St. Clair has announced his fall menu.

November 30, 2012
“It’s typical Buford … go big or go home!” Those are the words of Amy Brown, native of the town where a dam holds back Lake Lanier but nothing bars big ambition. Brown was speaking of the new $15 million Buford Community Center Town Park & Theatre built on the site where she went to middle school on Buford Highway next to City Hall.

November 30, 2012
In the hot days of August, Gainesville’s Jay Hughes was already dreaming visions of Sugar Plum Fairies and colorful sparkling Christmas trees. The long-time employee of Lake Lanier Islands Resort relishes the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays in ways that no one else can imagine … until opening night of Magical Nights of Lights.

November 30, 2012
Bruce and Carolyn Zimerle are living the good life in their camper/trailer near Lake Lanier. For most of the past six years, the retired couple has been part of Volunteer Village, sponsored by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

November 30, 2012
Lifetime licenses, wildlife app, free saltwater fishing permits and coserving endangered wildlife
November 1, 2012

Marine Max will sponsor its annual Luminary Getaway on Saturday, December 1. The UYC Maritime Foundation has canceled this year’s Holiday Parade of Boats due to low water and safety considerations at Lake Lanier.

October 30, 2012
This year, visitors to Lake Lanier have a camping option throughout the fall, winter and into spring. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has extended the operating schedule of Sawnee Campground to year-round.

October 30, 2012
The Lake Lanier Water Safety Alliance sought to flesh out its project plan at an October meeting which drew ideas from at least seven different entities. Wilton Rooks, vice president of the alliance's parent organization, Lake Lanier Association, honed the group’s immediate focus on pooling of resources between lake agencies, outreach to the Latino population, and research into mass education projects.
October 30, 2012
Eleven Georgia lawmakers whose districts touch Lake Lanier stepped closer to formulating potential legislation that would affect lake-goers throughout Georgia. Members of the Lake Lanier Legislative Caucus plan to collect statistics on boating under the influence, rental boat incidents, and night time accidents and look into intergovernmental lake patrols as they prepare for the 2013 session at the Capitol.

October 30, 2012
Rick Dieumegarde is on a mission and he’s just come one step closer. The Buford resident and full-time captain with TowBoatUS has a passion for search and rescue and recently received a 501 (c) 3 tax designation for Friends of Lanier Rescue Inc.
October 30, 2012
There are plenty of opportunities to work off extra calories during the winter around Lake Lanier. Running, cycling, swimming, and other outdoor events abound to get folks away from the table, off the couch, and into a fun and healthy activity.

October 30, 2012
A challenge beckons Lake Lanier Rowing Club members hoping to maintain fitness and burn off calories during the holiday season. Those daring to accept Sidney’s Challenge will be hitting the water or ergometer to log a minimum 100 kilometers between Thanksgiving eve and midnight New Year’s Eve.

October 30, 2012
Lake Norman, known as the “inland sea” of North Carolina, shares many traits with Georgia’s Lake Lanier. But the similarities halt starkly with a couple of dire statistics: Lake Norman officials recall only three drownings there since 2004; on Lanier there have been 50. Nine people have died in boating incidents on Lake Norman in the past nine years, compared with 26 on Lanier.

October 30, 2012
The study of fatality statistics, incident reports, microfilm editions of the Gainesville Times and interviews with lake officials and rangers derived additional findings about death on Lanier, including the subject of this report: the high incidence of minority deaths by drowning.

October 30, 2012
Roy Crittenden didn’t intend to embark on a second career when he took a safe boating course from the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary nearly 20 years ago. But he and his wife Mary Sue were hooked.

October 30, 2012
A thank you for public service workers and Padgett moving to DNR Region 3.

October 30, 2012
After 20 years, the lights are burning brighter than ever at Magical Nights of Lights at Lake Lanier Islands Resort. Billed as “Twenty Years of Twinkle,” the sparkling six-week event features familiar favorites and some new twists.

October 2, 2012
The year was 1977. Lake Lanier was 20 years old. Hall County’s population had just topped 70,000, less than half of what it is now. That summer, Elvis Presley died. By year’s end, reportedly so did 19 people on Lake Lanier, their deaths noted in short articles in the local newspaper.

October 2, 2012
Georgia lawmakers from around Lake Lanier met in mid-September to form a legislative caucus focusing on issues confronting the four-county region. The Lake Lanier Legislative Caucus plans three meetings and two public hearings to research potential legislation regarding water and boating safety, water allocation, reservoir creation, and other lake-related issues in Hall, Gwinnett, Dawson and Forsyth counties, all contiguous to Lake Lanier.
October 1, 2012
Although the weather on Saturday, September 29, was overcast and spitting rain, the spirits of the Shoresweep volunteers showed up to get the job done.
October 1, 2012
Ever worn a boat? Some students in a new boater education class at Hideaway Bay Marina have tried one on. The class entitled “3-Hour Tour” provides a hands-on interactive approach intended to influence skippers’ behavior on the water.
October 1, 2012
Combine shrimp and grits, smoked chicken, and whiskey peach bread pudding with dozens of other chefs’ specialties. Add fresh flowers, white table cloths and live music. Mix in hundreds of hungry diners and set on a lakeside plaza under the first evening sky of autumn. The traditional recipe for A Taste of Gainesville kept its flavor for the 17th year last month as the Lake Lanier Rowing Club transformed the Olympic Plaza into an al fresco dining venue.
October 1, 2012
Festivals, fairs, corn mazes and harvest celebrations invite leaf lookers to explore the unique heritage of North Georgia communities this fall. An array of offerings – hand made crafts, hayrides, blue grass pickin’, outdoor movies, haunted mazes and much more – await those who venture into the foothills.
October 1, 2012
True to its name, the Get Kids Fishing Foundation turned a Lake Lanier fishing tournament into a chance for youngsters to experience the sport first hand in mid-September.

October 1, 2012
Don Carter remembers flying over a northern stretch of Lake Lanier with former Georgia Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Joe Tanner in the 1990s. Carter, then chairman of the DNR Board’s Land Acquisition Committee, asked Tanner to fly over a 1,000-plus acre tract on the Chattahoochee River.

October 1, 2012
PDFS for vaccinations, Harvest of Hope and pottery are all on the agenda for October.
September 12, 2012
What’s sweeter: fresh pressed sugar cane juice or a just opened box of Cracker Jack? Too sticky to call. But on a day when crowds slurped and crunched down on those Asian and American treats, the sweetest thing was sunshine for the 17th Annual Hong Kong Atlanta Dragon Boat Festival.

August 31, 2012

The highly anticipated 2013 NCAA Women’s Rowing Championship originally planned for Lake Lanier has been relocated to Indianapolis.
August 31, 2012
The City of Gainesville’s plan to focus its Rivers Alive Adopt a Stream Clean-up in the Ridgewood Point area of Flat Creek was the answer to a resident’s plea for help. Paul Mercer and his wife, who moved to the lake neighborhood 15 months ago, were dismayed to find that rain regularly washes litter into the Flat Creek cove near their boat dock.

August 31, 2012
Forty years and still making music, Atlanta-based Banks & Shane is basking in their success. But they haven’t let their notoriety change their approachable personalities.

August 31, 2012
The art of angling on Lake Lanier has come a long way from when Woodie B. Malone, Jr. first cast a line. Back when the lake was young and electronic fishfinders a mere fantasy, the Malone family floated Lanier on a hand-made 35-foot wooden barge on barrels.

August 31, 2012

A local alliance of Lake Lanier stakeholders expects to formulate suggestions for legislation focused on water and boating safety in Georgia next month.
August 31, 2012

Red and green channel markers designate the preferred way in and out at Lake Lanier Island’s Sunset Cove. Installed in August, the markers aid boaters in safe navigation.
August 31, 2012

For the 12th year, sailors on Lake Lanier are going full out to race for Special Olympics Georgia, the largest Special Olympics chapter in the nation. Skippers who raise – or get pledges from supporters for – a minimum of $250 will compete for prizes and trophies.

August 31, 2012

Grab your bait and tackle and get ready for the Striper Jackpot Tournament on Lake Lanier the weekend of September 14-16. Presented by the Get Kids Fishing Foundation, the event features two days of tournament catch-and-release fishing and one day of angling for fun.
August 31, 2012

Snakes, golf tournaments, Art in the Square, triathlons and cycling are all on the agenda for September
August 31, 2012

Three chief rangers at the Buford Project Management Office oversee the operations at Lake Lanier. All three have strong ties to Lanier and long-standing history with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They report directly to Project Operations manager Tim Rainey and Assistant Project Operations Manager Chris Lovelady.

August 31, 2012

As a teen in the early 1970's, Tim Burruss learned to ski behind his Uncle George’s Chris Craft on Lake Lanier. Recentl,y he finished a complete restoration of that boat.

August 31, 2012

Many sailors around Lake Lanier knew Bob Evans from his days as owner of Lanier Sailing Academy. He helped them learn to sail and cultivate a passion for a sport that many people only dream of experiencing. He passed away at the end of August following a brief illness.

August 14, 2012
After the glitter settled on the floor of the Gwinnett Center Arena, a 21-year angler basked in his record breaking haul and the sun shone on Lake Lanier as the Forrest Wood Cup drew to a close. Jacob Wheeler, from Indianapolis, Ind., reeled in half a million dollars and made history as the youngest champion of the 16-year tourney, known as the world championship of bass fishing. The Aug. 8-12 tournament cast Lanier in the national spotlight.

August 10, 2012
Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club Olympic legacy athlete Tim Hornsby placed 15th overall in the debut of Olympic 200 meter single kayak competition in the London Olympics. Hornsby, who began paddling at age 11 on Lake Lanier, raced his final event in London Aug. 11, finishing the B Final in 37.66 seconds.
July 30, 2012
The Lake Lanier Association is spearheading a water safety alliance of Lake Lanier stakeholders to promote proper boat operation and general water safety.

July 30, 2012
Mike Williams, CEO of Lake Lanier Islands Resort, is leaving his mark on the 1,100-acre playground of Georgia’s Great Lake - Lake Sidney Lanier. From the carefully planned pathways to the Tiki Hut’s colorful tile-topped bar, Williams has an eye for the details throughout the resort.

July 30, 2012
Obstacles, rope bridges, grape stomping and more are available around Lanier.
July 30, 2012
Records are meant to be broken and that’s just what happened with this year’s Pirates of Lanier Poker Run, sponsored by Lanier Partners of North Georgia. With more than 280 boats, three days of activities, a laser show and fireworks, the event raised just over $173,000.

July 30, 2012
With their eyes on the water and Secchi disks underneath it, the Lake Lanier Association’s Adopt a Lake crew keeps watch on the lake at its backdoor.

July 17, 2012
A 70-mile motorcycle ride around Lake Lanier will raise funds for the family of Griffin and Jake Prince on Saturday, August 11. Beginning in Dahlonega and ending up in downtown Dawsonville, the ride is being planned by the Dawson County Sheriff’s office.
July 2, 2012
The new courtesy docks at Lake Lanier Islands are now open for business.
July 2, 2012
An update of the happenings around the lake
July 2, 2012
Chris Shoup knows Lake Lanier as no one else does. He knows the lake stroke by stroke, breath by breath. The 50-year-old swim coach from Buford recently swam 43.4 miles round-trip between Buford Dam and Thompson Bridge.

July 2, 2012
It was hard to contain their excitement as the youngsters, ages 6 through 14, took to the water on the first day of sailing camp. Thirty-six kids, six instructors, two junior assistants and a handful of adults immersed themselves in sailing at the camp, held at University Yacht Club.
 
July 1, 2012
The floodplains of the rivers and streams in the watershed of Lake Lanier historically yielded bountiful harvests for Native Americans and early settlers in agrarian communities. That rich agricultural heritage seems to be experiencing a rebirth in the current boom of farm markets striving to meet demands for locally grown produce.
 
June 26, 2012
 It’s official. Lake Lanier can be used as a source of drinking water for Georgia. So says the U.S. Supreme Court in an announcement on Monday, June 25. The court issued a statement that it would not hear appeals filed by Florida and Alabama on an earlier 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.
June 8, 2012
A national magazine targeting wealthy retirees will feature Gainesville in an article entitled “Laid-Back Lakeside Living.” The July/August edition of Where to Retire magazine, scheduled for publication June 19, reportedly lists Gainesville as a top retirement destination.
June 1, 2012
The annual Atlanta Falcons fishing outing on Lake Lanier is much more than just a bunch of guys wetting lines. In 2008 Chris Millman had an idea to hook up members of the Atlanta Falcons with wounded veterans for a day of fishing on Lake Lanier. Millman, in charge of community relations and youth programs for the NFL team, approached Jeff Powell who operated The Dam Store at that time. “I will do anything for the soldiers,” Millman recalled Powell as saying.

May 31, 2012
Succulent prime rib may be the main course on Saturday nights at Windows at Legacy Lodge, but you don’t need to be a beef-lover to enjoy a wide selection of good food that often includes fish, chicken and a pasta station.
May 31, 2012
Crisbel Najera had never been on a boat before her trip on the Chota Princess II last month. Neither had about half of her fifth grade classmates from Lyman Hall Elementary School who found themselves on board a floating classroom embarking from Aqualand Marina.

May 31, 2012
Dave Crumbley has used his knowledge of technology and his passion for sailing to create Lake Lanier’s Windsong Sailing Academy. This year it’s celebrating 25 years of operation.

May 31, 2012
It’s a place where folks cruise their golf carts past the chic lakeside digs of Fortune 500 executives and the most modest abodes of the southern culture. At the Athens Boat Club, off War Hill Park Road, a cloister of unlikely neighbors abide on a 60-acre plot that seems set back to the date of its founding in 1958.

May 31, 2012
It’s 4 p.m. on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend and still many of the day-use parks and beaches along Lake Lanier are filled to capacity.

May 31, 2012
An update of the happenings at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue
May 31, 2012
The heat wave of triathlons will strike at Clarks Bridge Park June 10 when the Summer Sizzler Triathlon brings an expected 300 to 400 triathletes to compete in a 600 yard swim, 15 mile bike and 5 kilometer run.
May 31, 2012
When residents of Cresswind At Lake Lanier toured their new 36,000 square foot clubhouse last month, many in the active adult community saw the realization of a dream they once thought lost.

May 31, 2012
If you haven’t been to Lake Lanier Islands in a bit, you’re in for some real treats. True to the vision of the Williams’ family, who manages the 1,100-acre resort, the property has been transformed into a popular, activity-filled setting for all ages.

May 31, 2012
A Georgia-based boat manufacturer is seeking models to help produce its 2013 marketing materials.

May 31, 2012
- Local charity $7,000 richer thanks to Lanier anglers
- $1 Million Challenge back at Legacy on Lanier
- Revolution Rowing crew wins medals
- Road widening leads to possible Community Improvement District

May 30, 2012
Although lake levels are lower than average for this time of year, attendance was light at the annual meeting of the Lake Lanier Association in late May. Nearly 100 people turned out to hear Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, real estate expert Frank Norton of The Norton Agency, and Corps of Engineers Project Operations Manager Tim Rainey talk about water issues at the meeting.
May 30, 2012

Tim Hornsby became the first Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club athlete to qualify for the Olympics, fulfilling a dream envisioned by numerous paddlers who came into the sport at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue.

Exclusive Q & A with Hornsby
 

May 15, 2012
It took about 13 minutes for a lucky rubber duck to float through the finish chute and win its owner the grand prize at the 14th Annual Rubber Duck Derby May 12. A phone call later, that winner, Ron Gress of Gainesville, donated his entire $10,000 prize back to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Hall County.

May 1, 2012
After 42 years of owning Boating and Sailing Atlanta, Mark Lusink is headed out to pasture, literally. In late April, he sold Boating Atlanta to Nathan Rhodes and announced plans to retire to his 62-acre farm in Lula with wife Christine.
May 1, 2012
Abandoned boats and docks in disrepair violate the 2004 Shoreline Management Plan on Lake Lanier. The US Army Corps of Engineers has announced that owners could be subject to fines, confiscation of the property and/or the revocation of dock permits.

May 1, 2012
Now you can reserve dock space for the day at Sunset Cove Beach Café and have easy access to Lake Lanier Islands Resort eateries and beaches. The resort is putting the finishing touches on the three finger docks just in time for the summer season.
May 1, 2012
Headliner bands and weekly Saturday night beach parties, full moon concerts and other special events will turn Lake Lanier Islands into the epicenter of fun and great entertainment this summer.
May 1, 2012
The wakeboard experience is coming to Aqualand. A new closed cable course will open on Memorial Day weekend.

May 1, 2012
A peaceful Sunday afternoon unfolded recently at War Hill Park, where children swung on a lakeside play set, teens sunned on a sandy beach and couples walked the campground loop. Beneath the blue waters that lap gently at the shore, the secrets of how the park got its name and who once dwelt near the former banks of the Chestatee River may be kept forever.
May 1, 2012
Holiday Marina has opened a new dock between the guard shack and the pavilion. With 44 covered slips and a 20-foot high roof, the dock is already about half leased.
May 1, 2012
3 new restaurants are opening around Lake Lanier this spring:  Antebellum, Southern tradition with a contemporary twist; Castaways, which changes ownership and brings fresh casual dining to the lake; and Coastal Breeze, which opens May 7.
May 1, 2012
Each year keeps getting bigger and better. This year’s Pirates of Lanier Poker Run features Ed Roland and the Sweet Tea Project (of Collective Soul fame) as the headliner for the victory party on Saturday, July 21. The closing event will be held at Sunset Cove at Lake Lanier Islands; it also includes a laser show and fireworks.

May 1, 2012
An update of the happenings at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue
May 1, 2012
Want to find a place for a romantic lakeside dinner or a fuel dock to fuel up your boat? There’s an app for that coming Memorial Day Weekend.

May 1, 2012
Revolution Rowing: Coach makes what he knows best
Working out of his basement and with local fabricators, Jim Pickens has launched a business venture that fits hand to oar with his passion for rowing. The former college rower, equipment marketer and coach started Revolution Rowing several months ago to make and market some of his ideas hewn from years of rowing and coaching.

May 1, 2012
South Carolina’s Charleston Harbor was the destination of many Lake Lanier sailing teams, who arrived ready to compete in the largest keel boat regatta in North America on April 19-22. Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week drew over 260 racing teams to both in-harbor and offshore courses, including the new 26-mile Cruising course.

May 1, 2012
Two area couples have literally signed their way onto lake houses, pool decks and boat docks with hobbies that shoved aside their day jobs.


May 1, 2012
Hovering 2,000 feet above the spring-green trees, it’s quiet as can be except for the occasional blast of the burners. The morning mist rises across the landscape as the moon sets and the sunrise begins.

April 13, 2012
A group of interested parties has begun a regular podcast called, appropriately, Lake Lanier Matters.
March 31, 2012
The new lakesidenews.com is an exciting and dynamic website covering Lake Lanier, shoreline real estate and lake-related businesses. With timely content and easy-to-use interface, the website features enhanced graphics, photo galleries and videos.
March 31, 2012
Area residents questioned fiscal integrity and environmental impact of the proposed Glades Reservoir at a public scoping meeting in Gainesville last month. The informational session at Gainesville State College attracted about 60 people interested in finding out more about the 850-acre lake planned by Hall County about 12 miles northeast of Gainesville.
March 31, 2012
Georgia’s northeast region led the state in tourism revenues in 2011 and stands to continue that momentum as visitors flock to hike mountain trails, zipline through treetops and play in Lake Lanier, according to a state tourism official touring the region last month.
March 31, 2012
Less than 90 permits remain for dock permits on Lake Lanier. Because lake levels are now above 1064, the Corps of Engineers has resumed reviewing applications determined by a lottery drawing that took place in November 2009.
March 31, 2012
By mid-April, eight new Bennington pontoon boats will be available to rent at Gainesville Marina.
March 31, 2012
After more than 15 years, Tom and Janice Helmka have sold Aqua Sports Adventures at Holiday Marina. New owners Curtis and Robin Frampton purchased the business around the first of this year and have already seen a warmer-than-usual spring bring good business.
March 31, 2012
He’s been behind the scenes for the group’s Poker Runs since the beginning, helping out with logistics and sharing his knowledge. Now, Barkley Geib is a member of the Board of Directors for Lanier Partners, a charity foundation dedicated to helping children through its annual Poker Run fundraiser each summer.
March 31, 2012
A roundup of news items for April 2012
March 8, 2012
If you’re a boater in trouble, the best sight you’ll ever see on Lake Lanier is the bright-red TowBoatUS assistance vessel headed your way. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, Captain Robert Estrada and his crew of five other TowBoatUS captains are on call to boaters.

March 8, 2012
Weekend regattas expected to fill Olympic waters
March 7, 2012
Three lake restaurants keep things tasty even on the coldest weekends
March 7, 2012
April 11 is opening day for the US Army Corps of Engineers’ campgrounds on Lake Lanier
March 7, 2012
Prospective Eagle Scout hammers the docks
March 7, 2012
The Georgia Women Flyfishers Club hosts its annual fundraiser
March 7, 2012
A new multisport event attracted a diverse crowd of high school, college and masters athletes to Riverside Military Academy Feb. 4.
March 7, 2012
New youth coach aims to build LLRC program
March 7, 2012
Lanier businessman holds fundraiser for fallen heroes’ families
March 7, 2012
Entries in the contest must be postmarked by April 6
January 2, 2012
Recent drought exposes sights normally beneath the surface

January 1, 2012
Roundup of news around Lake Lanier
January 1, 2012
Lake Lanier Association shows off new digs
January 1, 2012
A wild hen turkey strutted in the damp woods on the edge of a parking lot off Dawsonville Highway two mornings after Christmas. Inside the adjacent brick, one-story office building Sgt. Mike Burgamy fielded a call to duty.

January 1, 2012
Vinson, Finlayson chosen LCKC athletes of 2011
January 1, 2012
The following stories were told to Lakeside’s Jane Harrison, who paraphrases them here:
January 1, 2012
Couple opens store after unsuccessful shopping experience
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