Reservoir Levels Weather Hydrology

Lake Sidney Lanier is a reservoir located in Buford, Georgia created in 1956 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake's primary purpose is to provide hydroelectricity, flood control, and water supply. The lake is also used for recreational purposes, such as boating, fishing, and swimming.

The hydrology of Lake Sidney Lanier is primarily fed by the Chattahoochee River, Chestatee River, and numerous smaller creeks. The lake has a surface area of over 38,000 acres and a maximum depth of 160 feet. The lake's water levels are closely monitored and managed by the Corps of Engineers to ensure proper water supply and flood control.

The lake also serves as a primary water source for the city of Atlanta and the surrounding communities. The surrounding areas of the lake are also used for agricultural purposes, including cattle farming and row crops. In addition, the lake and surrounding areas are home to a variety of wildlife, including deer, beavers, and numerous bird species.

June 16, 2024







Elevation Of Reservoir Water Surface Above Datum, Ft 24hr Change -0.01%
Percent of Normal 100%
Minimum 1,050.81 ft
Maximum 1,076.71 ft
Average 1,069 ft
Hydraulic_Height 193
Drainage_Area 1040
Year_Completed 1958
Nid_Storage 2554000
Structural_Height 231
Foundations Rock
Surface_Area 47182
Hazard_Potential High
Outlet_Gates Slide (sluice gate) - 2, Valve - 0
Dam_Length 2470
Primary_Dam_Type Earth
Nid_Height 231

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