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Weather for the 4th of July


For more years than I can remember, I worked on the radio.  I read weather forecasts all day long. One lesson remains from those days: Weather forecasts are educated guesses. Many times it rained when the forecast said it would not.  Other times rain was predicted and it didn’t rain. You cannot plan your life […]

DNR Shifts Rangers into Law Enforcement Div.


  The board of Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources met on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at Georgia Southern University and chose to make fundamental changes to the structure of its organization. The DNR reorganized its Wildlife Resources Division (WRD), effective Monday, July 1, 2013. Five former departments will be consolidated into one — the Law Enforcement Division — […]

DNR Law Enforcement Report (6-18-13)

GA Wildlife

You see an alligator while strolling around McDuffie County. Your little yippy dog wants to take it on, tooth to tooth. You are determining your chances of survival and, in spite of your mother in law, you decide to save your life and run away. Then what do you do? You call Georgia’s Department of […]

Update: Lake Allatoona is Open for Business

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The future for Lake Allatoona is sunny and bright. One of the chilliest spring seasons on record in many areas and rainfall that caused flooding, damage and many closures seem to be over.  For now. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the lake (as of 5-15-2013) is about 4.5 feet above full pool. The […]

Junior Ranger Camps at Red Top Mountain

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Imagine being a kid and having someone love you so much that they’d pay to send you to Junior Ranger Day Camp? Three days of adventure, live animals, hiking, games and new friends are in store for a few blessed children. All the planned and supervised activities — games, crafts & all kinds of fun […]

DNR Law Enforcement Report (4-13-13)

GA Wildlife

You’re probably a nice person.  You brush your teeth and say “Thank you” to strangers. But that wouldn’t be enough for me to go out alone into the semi-wilderness to face down hunters — loaded with ammo or whatever else they’re loaded with or on — for you. Somebody has to be a ranger.  I’m […]

Annual Passes for Corps of Engineers’ Parks


One of the best ways for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) park visitors to save money is to invest in an annual pass. USACE operates 32 day-parks in our area, including Lake Lanier and Lake Allatoona. You can choose to cough up $4.00 per day per vehicle to enter USACE day-use areas or simply […]

Road Closure to Red Top State Park

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Red Top Mountain State Park is heavenly. A zillion people a day zoom by on I-75, all freaked out that other cars are clogging their personal highway by only going 85 mph in a 70-mph zone. They blow by the universe parallel to the freeway where relaxation and recreation reign. Hop off the highway and […]

Follow Us on Twitter: @LakeAllatoona

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Twitter makes staying informed easier than ever. When you follow — @LakeAllatoona — you can have our updates sent directly to your mobile device or computer. We only select stories that we believe are of interest to you.  Then, we present them in an interesting fashion. If you choose to follow @LakeAllatoona, you won’t get […]

Corps of Engineers’ Lake Allatoona Website

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers office at Lake Allatoona (a.k.a. Allatoona Lake) has a new website and it’s a doozy. Seriously, if you have a question about Lake Allatoona’s Boating & Fishing Camping Day Use Hunting Park Attendant Contract Positions Passes Picnic Shelters Policies, Rules & Regulations Shoreline Management Special Activities Permit Special Event […]