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Tri-State Water Wars Reach Lake Allatoona

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This week marked the start of a new front in the tri-state water wars: Lake Allatoona. In late July a judge in Florida ruled that Georgia had no consitutional right to the water in Lake Lanier. Now Alabama is asking a judge to say the same thing about Lake Allatoona. U.S. District Court Judge Karon […]

Public Comment Sought on Protecting Darters in Etowah Basin

Public Comment Sought on Protecting Darters in Etowah Basin

Submitted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service More than a dozen cities and counties surrounding Lake Allatoona in northwest Georgia, working with federal and state partners, have created a development plan to protect threatened and endangered darter fish in the Etowah River and its tributaries, including the Conasauga River.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife […]

Lake Allatoona Already at Full Pool for 2009

The Corps of Engineers is being very cautious with the lakes it controls in Georgia, including Lake Allatoona. E. Patrick Robbins, chief of public affairs for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District explained last week that they were refilling Lake Allatoona early this year: “Conditions have improved over the last two drought years […]

Fifth Lake Allatoona Drowning in 2008

Tragically this weekend saw a fifth drowning victim of the year at Lake Allatoona. While the other victims were all young and drowned around Red Top Mountain Park, Joel Felix was in his thirties and was boating with family and friends near the Victoria Day Use Area when he decided to go swimming. Cherokee County […]

Cherokee County to Fine Allatoona ATV Riders

Cherokee County officials have passed an ordinance, establishing new rules for all-terrain vehicles and creating a maximum $1,000 fine for violators. The measures were requested by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers who have had problems with ATVs around the lake. Nearby homeowners also have been upset. One man complained that as many as 50 […]

Lake Allatoona Memorial for Fallen Student

The Cherokee Outdoor Family YMCA on Lake Allatoona renamed its climbing tower for a Olen Reid Ashe III, a Georgia Tech student and former camp staffer killed in a skydiving accident. The 60-foot structure will became the Reid Ashe Memorial Climbing Tower. Toby Bramblett, YMCA executive director, described Ashe as a “rock for this facility” […]

Acworth’s Women’s 5K Sprint Triathlon

Lake Allatoona Triathlon

The 4th Annual Acworth Women’s Sprint Triathlon was a great success at Lake Allatoona on Sunday August 10. The event was held at Dallas Landing. The competitors swam 400 yards, cycled 13 miles and then finished with a 5K run that ended in downtown Acworth. Kim Dunker (Athens), Katie June (Roswell) and Barbara Chandler (Atlanta) […]

Fourth Drowning Victim This Year

Lake Allatoona has suffered an unusual number of drownings this year, with a fourth victim over the weekend. Miguel Ramos, 18 years old and from Athens, drowned at Red Top Mountain Park while trying to swim from one side of a cove to the other. Tragically, the other three victims this year were of a […]

Bartow County Teen Drowns on Allatoona

Unfortunately a third student has drowned on in Allatoona in three months. A Bartow County teen drowned late Monday afternoon in a Lake Allatoona cove popular with local high schoolers. The 17-year-old victim went under after swimming about one-eighth of a mile across the cove, located on the backside of Red Top Mountain in Bartow […]