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GA DNR investigating decapitated alligator at Lake Oliver


Date: 5/24/2018 2:10:00 PM

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – Georgia DNR has confirmed that an alligator was found decapitated at Lake Oliver. DNR is investigating this incident after discovering that the alligator was shot in the head. This is a developing story; we will have more updates on

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CDC worker whose body was found in the Chattahoochee River six weeks after he went missing has officially been ruled suicide by drowning

Daily Mail

Date: 5/22/2018 12:50:00 PM

A Centers for Disease Control employee whose body was found in a river six weeks after he went missing, has been ruled a suicide. Timothy Cunningham's body was recovered from the west bank of the Chattahoochee River in northwest Atlanta on April 3 - more

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Columbus Police Department ignites 35th Annual Torch Run for Georgia's Special Olympics


Date: 5/15/2018 10:25:00 AM

It's the largest annual fundraising event for Special Olympics. The event started at the Public Safety Building on 10th Street and ended at Lake Oliver. More than 100 agencies take part in the 1,000 mile trek. The journey unfolds over two weeks as the

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Atlanta could fork up $100K for Beltline-type Chattahoochee River Greenway


Date: 5/14/2018 8:21:00 AM

The City of Atlanta could shell out $100,000 to help develop a multi-use trail along the under-appreciated Chattahoochee River. That is, if Atlanta City Councilman Dustin Hillis’s new legislation passes a council vote Tuesday. The piece of the $1.5

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Deadly hit and run Saturday night on I-59 in B'ham


Date: 5/13/2018 3:25:00 AM

Today, mothers and sons in the Chattahoochee Valley are sharing a special moment. A whole day out on the water at Lake Oliver, playing out on the marina now for 48 years, ever since the Georgia-Alabama Bass Club decided to host the first local Bass Rodeo

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• River: Chattahoochee River
• Length: 40 Miles
• Surface Area: 2,150 Acres
• Maximum Depth: 50 feet
Lake Oliver is a 2,150-acre (8.7 km2) reservoir on the Chattahoochee River, which lies south of Goat Rock Dam (Goat Rock Lake). The lake is created by the Oliver Dam and Generating Plant, which was completed in 1959 by Georgia Power.

The lake was named for James McCoy Oliver, an executive of Georgia Power at the time. Oliver Dam has four turbine units, and the dam itself is 70 feet tall and 2,150 feet (660 m) long. At the southern end of the reservoir, Lake Oliver is relatively wide but quickly narrows and becomes almost riverine at the northern end of the lake, at the foot of the Goat Rock Dam upstream.

Public access to the lake is limited to one marina owned by the City of Columbus and one boat ramp near Goat Rock Dam on the Alabama side. Since Lake Oliver is entirely within the city limits of Columbus, Georgia, the shore is densely settled on both the Georgia and Alabama sides. Green Island Hills, an upscale development, is located on the lake at the mouth of Standing Boy Creek. Given the amount of settlement, there are many private access points to the lake.

In the summer, the lake is very crowded with recreational activity. The other three seasons usually see anglers fishing for bream. Lake Oliver also serves as the municipal water supply for Columbus.

The location of Oliver Dam is approximately at the Fall Line of the Chattahoochee River. Between Oliver Dam and the downtown Columbus, a few miles downstream, the river drops nearly 100 feet (30 m) in elevation.

Lake Oliver is the northernmost point of the Chattahoochee Riverwalk a fifteen mile long bicycle pathway that extends southward to Fort Benning.
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