Lake Lanier hits lowest level in nearly 4 years

CUMMING, Ga. (AP) – Twenty-two public boat ramps at Lake Lanier are now closed due to low water.

According to readings on Friday, levels have dropped to 1063.1 feet, their lowest point in more than 3½ years.

WSB-TV reports as the drought worsens, lake levels will continue to drop and residents should plan on more boat ramps closing in the coming weeks.

Lanier has about 100 islands. As water levels drop, more of those islands become exposed and temporary islands surface – a serious danger to boaters.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ navigation program manager, John Matlack, marks surfacing hazards with large pink buoys. So far, he says, he has 48 out. When the lake’s level hits 1,062 feet, he says he’ll likely put out another 16 or 17 more.

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