Just north of Atlanta, Georgia lies Lake Lanier – known to locals not for its idyllic vistas and serene coves, (of which there are plenty), but rather for its grim and gruesome reputation.
Lake Lanier is a man-made body of water whose creation came at the expense of an entire town of residents who were forcibly removed before the valley in which they lived was flooded. This includes churches, homes, gas stations, and even a cemetery now obscured by the millions of gallons of water that were pumped into the area.
This, along with the lake’s numerous deaths and drownings, have pushed locals to avoid the summertime spot at all costs.
This week, Lake Lanier’s body count rose again.
A 20-year-old man drowned while swimming in Lake Lanier over the Memorial Day weekend.Trending:
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources said that its game wardens responded to the scene to assist in locating the man using side scan sonar. The body of the man, who was not identified, was then recovered by the county fire department.
Lake Lanier, on the outskirts of Atlanta, was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s, in part for flood management. At its deepest, the lake is roughly 160 feet deep, according to the Corps.
Twitter users were quick to remind the world of the lake’s worrisome record.
Lake Lanier has struck again. I’ve never been to this lake, and I’m smart enough to know not to go. The ancestors are not pleased. Stop swimming in that lake. https://t.co/NTLUIk6RIp
— Kerri (@KerriJMack) May 30, 2022
If lake Lanier don’t do nothing else its gonna catch a body on a holiday weekend. https://t.co/8hOtetpXYK
— He Who Remains (@Not4MeSheWill) May 30, 2022
I have never set foot in the state of Georgia yet even I know about Lake Lanier's reputation at this point. https://t.co/HC42SiQkff
— Al Pastor Fan Account (@JJBittenbindr) May 30, 2022
I’m honestly shocked that there hasn’t been and American Horror Story season about Lake Lanier yet
— Liv (@itstilliv) May 30, 2022
Whenever I see Lake Lanier trending, I know that lake claimed another soul. That lake is cursed fr https://t.co/njHknDcTjr
— Ⲛⲩⲁ⳽ⲏ Ⲥⲟⲛⲛⲟⳕ⳽⳽ⲉⳙⲅ🇬🇭 (@WizardKenny) May 30, 2022
We’ll stick to the water park, thank you very much.