Georgia Power built Lake Sinclair. It started in the late 20s, but dam construction halted during the depression in the 30s (remember when you could just say "the depression") and resumed in the late 40s and the lake was full in 1953. It was low during a drought in the early 70s and Lake Oconee came to be north of Sinclair and connected by Wallace dam on the Oconee River feeding into Sinclair.
Starting in the early 80s and ever since they have pumped millions of gallons back and forth between the two lakes daily. When 12 to 20 inches of water are moved from the surface of a 15,000 acre lake that is a lot of water. When the power plant closed last year there was lots of speculation that we'd not have the full pool lake we have all have come to know and love.
Georgia Power land management representatives assured us in a Real estate agent/power company information exchange that simply wasn't true. The fact that they pump water back and forth means it must stay full or near full to prevent damage to the turbines that pump from Sinclair into Oconee.
So when other lakes are more than 5 feet under their summer levels, Lake Sinclair even with the power plant dark and pending destruction, will remain at or near full pool. Want to check different level around the state. The National Weather service maintains and updates this site daily.
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