While some may view Labor Day as the end of summer, boaters at Gainesville Marina Monday were still ready for a day on Lake Lanier, and many were looking forward to returning later in the year.
With the temperatures in the 80s, families took advantage of the weather and filled the marina Monday, towing rafts and tubes for a day on the lake before heading back to work and school on Tuesday.
Docked at the marina late Monday morning, Jeremy Estroff of Roswell was preparing for a day of tubing and water skiing with his daughters and their friends. The group had spent the weekend camping on the lake, a tradition they started last year.
“We are a water ski family, so we try to get up early and stay late when the water is good,” he said.
Estroff said Labor Day probably wouldn’t be the family’s last time on the lake this year.
“It looks like we might have another month or so. … When it starts to get a little nippy in the air, that’s when we start to know it’s coming,” he said.
Jenna and Jeff Touwsma of Flowery Branch, who brought their two young daughters to the lake Monday, also said they planned to return.
“We pretty much boat year-round, depending on the weather,” Jeff Touwsma said. “If it’s a nice 60-degree day in the winter, we’ll be boating.”
Allie Pridgen of Cumming came to the lake Monday with a large group of family and friends. They had spent the weekend at a lake house in Gainesville, driven up to Athens for a football game and were planning to spend the day Monday water skiing and tubing.
“Labor Day, summertime, Fourth of July, any kind of warm holiday … We always come up,” she said.
Lake Lanier measured at just under the full pool level of 1,071 feet on Sunday, and according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the lake is predicted to stay around that level for the next three weeks. The average level for Lanier around this time of year, according to the corps, is about 1,067 feet.