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Free Visits to U.S. Forest Sites Nov 9-11

U.S. Forest Service

As it has four times already in 2013, the U.S. Forest Service is waiving fees at most of its day-use recreation sites.  The fee waivers for the weekend of November 9-11, 2013, are in honor of the Veterans Day holiday weekend, in cooperation with other federal agencies under the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Day-use fees will […]

Red Top Mountain State Park is Open!

Volunteer at Lake Allatoona's Red Top Mountain State Park

Just because the goofballs in Washington cannot get along and (hello?) run the dang government, that doesn’t mean we can’t have fun romping and frolicking at Lake Allatoona’s Red Top Mountain State Park.  As a state park — not a federal park — it’s not affected by the shutdown of the United States government. Georgia State Parks […]

US Gov’t Shutdown Closes Army Corps Parks

Allatoona Dam ~~ Photograph courtesy of Army Corps of Engineers

Our federal government “shut down” at 12:01 AM on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. The temporary absence of funding for entities run by the federal government — including parks run by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) on Lake Allatoona — will  shut down until funding resumes. We spoke with our friend, Deputy Public Affairs Officer with […]

Lake Allatoona Campground Closing Dates

Several Lake Allatoona Campgrounds Closing for the 2013 Season

Camping at Lake Allatoona is always relaxing and fun, but it’s even nicer when the sun comes out.  After a dreary summer, there’s still a bit of time to go camping before Labor Day at some of Georgia’s most beautiful campsites. If you can’t make it right away, don’t worry.  McKinney Campground is open all […]

Final Week of Summer for Some Day-Use Parks

Lake Allatoona ~~ Photo courtesy of Lake Allatoona Corps of Engineer's Facebook Page

This summer wasn’t the best in terms of weather, but there’s still time to enjoy US Army Corps of Engineers day-use parks and camping around Lake Allatoona. A few parks will close after Labor Day — Monday, September 2nd — and others will close later this year. We expect the lake to be quite busy over […]

“Becoming an Outdoor Woman” Classes


To some men and women, the outdoors is the domain of bugs, snakes, poison ivy and creepy critters. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center has the perfect program for ladies who would like to learn about hunting, fishing, boating and other recreational skills in the great outdoors. Becoming an Outdoors Woman is a […]

Family Camp at Red Top Mtn State Park

Volunteer at Lake Allatoona's Red Top Mountain State Park

This weekend will be the best part of Summer 2013 for the folks headed to Family Camp at Red Top Mountain State Park. Park Naturalist Ranger Marcus Toft says: “Part of the reason we’re doing Family Camp is because people often tell us they get tired of the same old camping routine, which usually involves a […]

DNR Law Enforcement Report (7-18-13)


Bandits, crooks and other desperados must not pay attention to the news about other bandits, crooks and desperados getting busted by Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division. This Law Enforcement Report proves our natural resources are protected 24/7 by DNR Rangers. This week’s perps include: Stolen watercraft recovered  – Forsyth County Operation Dry […]

Stormy Weather for July 4th on Lake Allatoona

7-4 weather radar

Stormy weather is on the way, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate the Fourth of July. We just have to move the party indoors. The Weather Channel and the National Weather service are predicting storms that could prove to be nasty. The latest “special weather statement” is printed below.  Take heed. Don’t drive through […]

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 […]