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How safe is Lake Lanier?
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A sign listing beach rules stands at Clarks Bridge Park on Thursday, June 6, 2019. - 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. The Law Enforcement Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources keeps tabs on all of its major lakes, providing public access to the number of boating fatalities, drownings, boating incidents and boating under the influence cases.