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LAA Mission

The LAA is to bring together lake users, local businesses, and government toward improvements in lake water quality, levels, and safety for its recreational users. Our goal is to be the Voice of Lake Allatoona.

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Welcome to LAA

Lake Allatoona is located in northwest Georgia 30 miles north of Atlanta, covers 12,000 acres, has 270 miles of shoreline, surrounded by another 25,000 acres of beautiful and largely wilderness feel public land. The Lake is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers is framed and bordered by the Allatoona Range of the Blue Ridge Mountains and meanders through Bartow, Cherokee and Cobb counties. It draws 9 to 10 million visitors a year and provides in excess of $250 million dollars to the local economy. It also offers 688 campsites and 453 picnic sites. It is home to nine city and county parks and one state park. There are eight commercial marinas and also three boat accessible restaurants.

With all that Lake Allatoona offers, and what it provides for the people around it, it needed to have a voice to speak on its behalf. Therefore, the Lake Allatoona Association was formed.

The LAA is a completely volunteer non-profit group that helps to improve Lake Allatoona water quality level, safety and recreational use. The LAA provides its membership the voice needed to bring awareness to local, state and federal agencies and the using public in meeting the many needs of this Lake and preserving its' water and recreational health.

Mike Bearden – Board Chair, Finance
Bartow County Lake Resident
White, GA 3018
mfbearden@yahoo.com

Dean Bourne – Board Member, Operations
Cherokee County Lake Resident
Canton, GA 30114
dean@mariettamarine.com

Aaron Feldt – Board Member, GLAC
Bartow County Lake Resident
White, GA 30184 
akfeldt@comcast.net

Linda Hartsfield, Board Member, Volunteer Coordination
Cherokee County Resident
linda.hartsfield@comcast.net

Dave Matthews, Board Member, Warrior Operations
Cobb County Resident
davematthews@gmail.cohm

Carole Miller - Board Member, Publicity & Promo
Bartow County Resident
Cartersville, GA 30121
carolemiller@gmail.com

 

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Thank you for visiting the Lake Allatoona Association (LAA). We love this Lake with its miles of undeveloped shoreline, beautiful vistas, and great coves, beaches, fishing, and amenities. We need you to join us in our quest to protect and improve of beautiful lake.

With your membership in the LAA, you will be able to take ownership of this beautiful lake we have and help with improvement projects that will allow us to leave a wonderful quality of life asset and environmental legacy for future generations.

To achieve our fundamental objectives of improved water quality, safety and levels, we work on a range of issues that arise from a variety of directions. These efforts relate to water quality, water level, shoreline maintenance, boating safety, and enhanced recreation. In addition, LAA serves as an educational and knowledge resource for Lake users and government entities.

The recent drought was devastating to both water quantity and quality and highlighted many of the issues that need work. We must not forget the damage that was caused to the Lake during this drought. However, the threats to the Lake continue. For example, the water wars and political pressures have the potential to negatively affect the Lakes water levels and, therefore, quality and access. We must not wait until the next drought, major crises or external agency action, to act to protect and preserve this Lake.

LAA members include Lake residents, day users, day boaters, fishermen, slip renters, environmentalists, and businesses on and around the Lake. There is much that can and should be done. Since we are all volunteers, we are able to do more with each active member, whether that is environmental protection, education, or specific activist programs.

We encourage you to become involved. If you’re not already a member, please join us in this worthwhile organization. There are many opportunities to make a real impact on one of our committees. For example, the GLAC committee is active all year to plan for the big day event, and further has recently implemented additional efforts for year-round clean-up activities plus focus on remote area cleaning; your participation is needed! Further you should check out the Allatoona Yacht Club's annual July 4th fireworks on the lake extravaganza as well as the recently LAA sponsored "Lights On the Lake" winter season boat parade celebration.

This is our Lake! As the leaders of LAA, we will continue to work hard and look forward to working side-by-side with you. Together we can make a difference and ensure that this Lake is protected and our Voice heard! Thank you for your interest in a better future for our very special and unique, Lake Allatoona!