Panola Mountain’s lakes to be lowered for dam repairs

Original story by staff reporters at Clayton News

If it seems like the lakes at Panola Mountain are lower than you remember — don’t worry, it’s not your imagination.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources will begin lowering both lakes at the state park Dec. 16 to perform inspections of 50-year-old earthen dams.

The Upper Lake is expected to be re-filled once repairs can ensure the safety of the dam. Plans for the Lower Lake are contingent on assessment results, according to state park officials.

Fishing will still be allowed during this time period. However, anglers should exercise caution on muddy banks.

Panola Mountain State Park is part of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, a partnership among the State of Georgia, DeKalb, Henry and Rockdale counties, the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, and numerous communities and public-private partners. As one of only three National Heritage Areas in the state, the park’s unusual natural beauty and intriguing cultural changes are the basis for this special recognition.

For more information, call the park office at 770-389-7801 or the DNR’s region office at 706-557-3017.