“Georgia’s Back of the Beyond

An article by Michael E. Maffett, MD From Georgia Backroads, Winter 2014 Read this interesting history of the southern Appalachian Mountains.  It includes a description of a beautiful but strenuous hike:  the Beech Creek trail.  The trail begins several miles north of Tate City, in North Carolina and Mike gives detailed instructions for finding the ... Read More
 

ESD

Everyone knows about the danger of electric shocks. Likewise, we all take painsto teach our children to swim and use life preservers to prevent drowning. But most of us have never even heard of electric shock drowning. As it turns out, electric shock drowning (ESD) can occur anywhere you have a boat, boathouse or dock ... Read More
 

Good News for Billy Goat Island!

If you have boated on the south end of the lake on a busy summer weekend you have likely noticed that a mud slick develops off the main body side of “fireworks point” on the south end of Billy Goat Island drifting several hundred yards toward the dam. With the increasing number of wake board ... Read More
 

Parrot Feather Plant: Invasion of an Alien!

No, not from another planet, but we are being invaded by a non-native water plant from South America that could endanger important uses on our pristine lakes. Two plants of particular concern on Lake Burton are “parrot feather” and “bladderwort”, with the former currently being of greater immediate concern due to its invasive nature. Parrot ... Read More
 

Parrot Feather and Bladderwort Plant Update

As we described in the Spring, 2014 LBCA newsletter, parrot feather is a highly invasive and rapidly reproducing plant that has become more abundant in most of the lakes in north Georgia including Lake Burton. (See the LBCA website to access the newsletter.) The most serious local infestation is in Lake Rabun and Georgia Power ... Read More
 
Shoreline Erosion: An Increasing Concern

Shoreline Erosion: An Increasing Concern

Shoreline erosion is of increasing concern not only to those of us on the lake, but also to others within the watershed and beyond including Georgia Power, Tallulah River Watershed Council, Department of Natural Resources, and the National Forest Service. Erosion results in land and vegetation loss, increased silt and sedimentation and reduced water quality. ... Read More