Will Lake Sinclair remain full now that Plant Branch is closed?

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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Comment balloon 6 commentsTammy Lankford, • September 28 2016 09:53PM


Hi Tammy

I'm sure there are any Lake Sinclair residents who are glad to hear this. PRetty impressive overall when you think about it. You sure do know alot about your community, and the Lake!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California, Inc.) over 4 years ago

This is important information to share with area residents.

I hope you are enjoying a most productive month.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 4 years ago

You always provide good information about Lake Sinclar. Thank you.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 4 years ago

I understand this has always been an issue and didn't the government get involved at one point,

Posted by Charles Stallions, 800-309-3414 - Pensacola, Pace or Gulf Breeze, Fl. (Charles Stallions Real Estate Services ) over 4 years ago

Charles Stallions the FERC is always in involved,  Like when we have a purposeful draw down every five years for people to work on docks and seawalls those dates must be approved by them, when we have heavy rains and flood gates need to be opened on the Sinclair Dam they are involved.  But in my opinion on this lake that is power company owned it's never been over reach.  It's not like we've had to drop the level to keep a river full to keep a crab alive down stream or anything stupid like I've seen on other lakes.


Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago

Jeff Dowler I've always been fascinated by our "tide" on the lake.  It's an incredible amount of water to be pumped back and forth daily.

Roy Kelley I think locals know this mostly, it's folks who are considering Lake Sinclair for a home that I specifically think should know this.  GA power is very good about keeping property owners around the lake very informed.

Thank you Gita Bantwal, I really want potential buyers on our lake to have the information that's important to them.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 4 years ago