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Lake Lanier steadily rising as tourists return

GAINESVILLE (AP) -- Authorities say Lake Lanier isn't as high as it was this time last year, but it is steadily rising as tourists begin returning for its busy spring and summer seasons.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Lake Lanier has rebounded to 1,065.51 feet above sea level, and is expected to climb to 1,066.80 feet by April 21.

The current lake level is well above the low of 1,057.91 feet recorded on Nov. 14.

Mike Burgamy, Lake Lanier supervisor with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, says traffic has begun to pick up as people take advantage of unseasonably warm weather.

Lake Lanier's busiest season is typically between Memorial Day in May and Labor Day in September.