Lake Lanier hits full summer pool

A file photo of a boat dock on Lake Lanier at full pool.

A file photo of a boat dock on Lake Lanier at full pool.

BUFORD -- Lake Lanier has finally hit full pool, and it's just in the nick of time as the weather gets warmer.

The lake officially hit summer full pool (1,071 above sea level) on Friday and has steadily increased since then to 1,071.4.

Exactly one year ago today, the lake was almost six feet below its current level at 1,065.6. When 2013 began, Lanier was at 1,058.

The last time the lake reached its current levels was in April 2011, whien it reached a high of 1,072.1.

Lake Lanier also hit full pool for winter levels for the first time in two years.

"It's all because of the rain we had in the past month and a half," said Lis Parker, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deputy public affairs officer. "We're really pleased to see that."

Parker noted that spring rains will lead to extra discharges because the lake's shore and surrounding property can be degraded if it fills into its flood storage area.

"They have full recovered," she said of the lakes that have suffered in recent years. "It's outstanding news for Lake Lanier."