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Several people, including children injured during boating accident on Lake Oliver

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Date: 6/19/2019 6:45:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ga. (CBS46) --Four children and three adults suffered injuries Tuesday afternoon as a result of a boating accident on Lake Oliver. According to the Department of Natural Resources, a ski

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EXCLUSIVE: Family and witness recount boat accident at Lake Oliver Marina


Date: 6/19/2019 3:53:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - The Georgia Department of Natural Resources confirms no drugs, alcohol, or mechanical issues caused a boat accident at Lake Oliver Marina Wednesday afternoon. All seven people

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Columbus police confirms boating accident at Lake Oliver Marina


Date: 6/18/2019 4:59:00 PM

COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Columbus police have confirmed they are responding to a boating accident on Lake Oliver. News Leader 9 has a crew on scene who witnessed one person being taken from the scene in

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Missing dog found following boat crash at Lake Oliver


Date: 6/18/2019 3:05:00 PM

UPDATE: Gatsby was found by local residents. COLUMBUS, Ga. (WRBL) – A family involved in a boating crash near Lake Oliver Marina are searching for their dog, who ran away after the incident. Courtesy

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Boating accident at Lake Oliver Marina leaves 7 injured


Date: 6/18/2019 1:05:00 PM

Columbus authorities are investigating a boating accident on Tuesday afternoon at the Lake Oliver Marina that sent seven people to the hospital. According to Deputy Fire Chief Robert Futrell, an

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• River: Chattahoochee River
• Length: 40 Miles
• Surface Area: 2,150 Acres
• Maximum Depth: 50 feet
Lake Oliver is a 2,150-acre (8.7 km2) reservoir on the Chattahoochee River, which lies south of Goat Rock Dam (Goat Rock Lake). The lake is created by the Oliver Dam and Generating Plant, which was completed in 1959 by Georgia Power.

The lake was named for James McCoy Oliver, an executive of Georgia Power at the time. Oliver Dam has four turbine units, and the dam itself is 70 feet tall and 2,150 feet (660 m) long. At the southern end of the reservoir, Lake Oliver is relatively wide but quickly narrows and becomes almost riverine at the northern end of the lake, at the foot of the Goat Rock Dam upstream.

Public access to the lake is limited to one marina owned by the City of Columbus and one boat ramp near Goat Rock Dam on the Alabama side. Since Lake Oliver is entirely within the city limits of Columbus, Georgia, the shore is densely settled on both the Georgia and Alabama sides. Green Island Hills, an upscale development, is located on the lake at the mouth of Standing Boy Creek. Given the amount of settlement, there are many private access points to the lake.

In the summer, the lake is very crowded with recreational activity. The other three seasons usually see anglers fishing for bream. Lake Oliver also serves as the municipal water supply for Columbus.

The location of Oliver Dam is approximately at the Fall Line of the Chattahoochee River. Between Oliver Dam and the downtown Columbus, a few miles downstream, the river drops nearly 100 feet (30 m) in elevation.

Lake Oliver is the northernmost point of the Chattahoochee Riverwalk a fifteen mile long bicycle pathway that extends southward to Fort Benning.
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