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Update: Fire at Lake Allatoona Dam

Allatoona Dam ~~ Photograph courtesy of Army Corps of Engineers

Lisa Parker of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) released a statement on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, regarding the fire that took place in the powerhouse at the Lake Allatoona Dam on the afternoon of Monday, May 19th. USACE had scheduled a power outage in order to perform repairs to the “switchyard,” according to […]

Lake Allatoona Day-Use Parks are Open

Day-Use Parks Abound on Lake Allatoona

Lake Allatoona offers more than a dozen picture-perfect parks managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to spend the day reading in the breeze, boating, playing ball or cooking out with friends and family. They all have restrooms, but there’s a variety of amenities available: ball fields fishing jetties picnic tables swimming beaches horse-shoe pits […]

May 2014 ~ GA State Park & Historic Sites Events

Come to Georgia's State Parks & Historic Sites for marvelous times in May.

The State of Georgia is one big glorious park with hundreds of little parks within. During the month of May, Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites will burst with activity. Kayak tours, Memorial Day events, guided hikes, birding, swamp tours and more outdoor fun is now posted on the May calendar from Georgia’s State Parks. Grab […]

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 […]

Lake Allatoona Holiday Boating Incident Report

Bartow County Fire-Rescue Team is grateful for this preliminary boating information report from Rick Lavender of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. This report contains statewide statistics and has specific totals for incidents on Lake Allatoona over the Labor Day holiday weekend, August 31-September 2, 2013. There were three deaths on public waters in Georgia. Two are considered […]

Update: Drowning on Lake Allatoona


We regret to inform you of a drowning death that occurred at Lake Allatoona’s Red Top Mountain State Park on the afternoon of Sunday, September 1, 2013. Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources spokesman Rick Lavender says the victim — Nicholas Alexander, 23 — was from Atlanta. According to DNR Law Enforcement Division’s Sgt. Mike Barr, […]

Florida Breaks Truce in Water Wars

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  In a move that might be calculated to draw attention away from the portions of Florida that are sinking into the ground like a version of Whac-A-Mole played with real estate, Florida’s Governor Rick Scott fired another round in the Water Wars. On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, Florida — best known as the bastion of […]

Boating Fatality on Lake Allatoona

Lake Allatoona boating death

The GA DNR Wildlife Resources Division’s final boating incident report for the Fourth of July holiday weekend brings news of a drowning and a boating related fatality on Sunday, July 7, 2013. The fatal accident on Lake Allatoona took the life of Robert Lewis, 52, of Dallas, Georgia. Mr. Lewis fell from his bass boat […]

GA’s Fourth of July Boating Incident Report (7-5-13)


Melissa Cummings — DNR Wildlife Resources Division’s Communications & Outreach Specialist — has some decent news for us. As of 9:42 PM, Friday, July 5, 2013, there have been no drownings and no boating related deaths on Georgia’s lakes thus far this July 4th holiday weekend. In spite of the rain and increased patrols, we have had seven […]

DNR July 4th Boating Incident Report


Usually the highest score wins, but not when you’re counting the number of drownings, boating accidents and Boating Under the Influence (BUI) statistics for the July 4th holiday weekend. In those cases the winning score is zero. The 2013 Fourth of July Holiday boating statistics report has been released by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ […]