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How safe is Lake Lanier? Here's a look into the data.
Lake Lanier
A sign listing beach rules stands at Clarks Bridge Park. -photo by Austin Steele
Each year Lake Lanier collects more names on its list of drownings and boating fatalities. With 11.8 million visitors annually, according to the Army Corps of Engineers, Lanier holds the title of Georgia’s most popular lake. Population size factors into the deadly reputation of the lake that dominates other frequently visited lakes like Alatoona, Oconee and Sinclair when it comes to deaths.