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Lake dock permit prices soar, residents press for explanation

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Date: 7/10/2019 2:09:00 PM

So far, they’re not satisfied by the answers. For the past 12 years, people owning docks on lakes including Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona had to pay $400 for a new permit or $175 for a renewal. Once

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Video shows black bear swimming across Georgia creek

FOX 5 Atlanta

Date: 7/6/2019 9:18:00 AM

LAKE ALLATOONA, Ga. (FOX 5 Atlanta) - The lake is often synonymous with summer and especially the Fourth of July holiday, but it can easily be forgotten that visitors are sharing that waterway with

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Lake Allatoona dock permit fees to rise sharply

Marietta Daily Journal

Date: 6/26/2019 12:19:00 PM

Property owners on Lake Allatoona will see fees more than double for renewing existing dock permits, and increase by more than four times the current fee for new permits from the U.S. Army Corps of

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Lake Allatoona invaded by dragons

Marietta Daily Journal

Date: 5/4/2019 3:12:00 PM

Dragons could be seen gliding across the surface of Lake Allatoona on Saturday morning, but they weren’t flying serpents — they were boats. And instead of fighting knights in shining armor, they were

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Pilot boat captain moves back home and is now the new owner of TowBoatUS Lake Allatoona

Date: 3/28/2019 2:10:00 AM

As a pilot boat captain for the Georgia Coastal Pilots, he used to run pilots out to ships entering the Port of Savannah. Now Capt. Christopher Day, a 2003 Cass High School graduate, is back home on

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• River: Etowah River
• Surface Area: 20,486 Acres
• Volume: 367,500 Acre Feet
• Maximum Depth: 145 feet
Lake Allatoona is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reservoir in Georgia, located in northwestern metro Atlanta. Red Top Mountain State Park is located on its shores, on the peninsula between the Etowah and Allatoona arms of the lake. Allatoona also supplies much of the drinking water for the three counties it is in. The lake is supplied mostly by the Etowah River, and its major tributary the Little River (which joins the lake at Bell's Ferry), and in turn Noonday Creek. The other major arm of the lake is Allatoona Creek, extending down to Acworth, where pre-existing Lake Acworth now empties directly into Allatoona at Lake Acworth Drive (Georgia 92). Other significant streams include Kellogg Creek and Rose Creek.
The Allatoona Dam holding back the lake was completed in 1949 on the Etowah, which in turn merges into the Coosa River downstream (northwest) at Rome. The basin upstream (mostly northeast) of Allatoona covers about 1,100 square miles. This is nearly as large as the basin of Lake Lanier (Atlanta's biggest water source), but since the Allatoona is smaller, it drains and fills more rapidly than Lanier during droughts and floods.
The lake's summer level has averaged 840 feet above mean sea level. During major droughts it has dropped as much as 13 feet below this, exposing old tree stumps and former hills which are normally submerged at depth safe for navigating boats. Its maximum capacity or flood stage is +23 feet [863 feet AMSL (Above Mean Sea Level], though it has never been known to reach this level, and flooding of boat ramps and other lakeside facilities begins to occur well below it.
Hydroelectric power generation at Allatoona returns more than $3.5 million to the U.S. Treasury annually.
The Corps of Engineers has 662 campsites on Allatoona.
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