Georgia marinas report elevated water levels

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The staffs of Aqualand and Trade Winds Marina, two of seven facilities under the Flagship Marinas brand, are excited at signs that the three-year drought that has impacted areas of Georgia is coming to an end, according to two press releases from the company.

Aqualand lies on the shores of Lake Sydney Lanier, a manmade reservoir that supplies much of the water used by Atlantans. Trade Winds Marina, as 206-acre marina and resort, lies on the shores of J. Strom Thurmond Lake in Appling, Ga.

Lake Lanier's water level has risen by six to seven feet in the last week, and though it's still roughly nine feet shy of its average level, Aqualand staff members are hopeful rain will continue and the level will continue to rise toward full pool, according to the company.

Strom Thurmond Lake, also known as Clarks Hills Lake, is a manmade 71,100-acre waterbody bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Broad and Little Rivers. Recent rains have contributed to significant rises in water levels there as well, according to Trade Winds General Manager Curtis Justice. As of April 1, the level was at 324.5 feet, just 5.5 feet below full pool, and up 12 feet from levels this past winter, the company reported. All hands are cautiously optimistic that weather patterns are changing, and that the lake might soon approach full pool, according to the marina.

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