LRA sponsors programs designed to educate members as well as other users of the lake and to promote preservation and conservation of Lake Rabun and the surrounding community. LRA members join together for lake clean up, boater safety, hiking trail maintenance, hemlock preservation, July 4th festivities and other activities to accomplish those objectives and to foster a strong sense of community.
July 4th Activities
LRA members assemble every July 4th weekend for the Wooden Boat Parade. LRA sponsors an annual July 4th weekend fireworks show which is enjoyed by from boats on the lake and other vantage points and is a popular event for all of Rabun County.
Focusing on the educational component of the LRA mission statement, LRA member “professors” and other experts explore diverse topics related to the lake, ranging from local flora and fauna to lake history and traditions.
The Association’s lake and boater safety activities are both educational and action oriented. Examples include boater safety and CPR/AED classes, publicity about boating laws and recommendations specific to Lake Rabun, lake clean up days, regular water testing, and support of the Lakemont Wiley Volunteer Fire Department.
LRA members work with US Forest Service staff to maintain and improve the very popular Minnehaha Falls Trail which leads to what is often cited as the most beautiful waterfall in Rabun County. Dedicated LRA volunteers also join Save Georgia’s Hemlocks in treating and preserving disease infected native hemlocks.
An incredible spirit of volunteerism is displayed in various fundraising activities to support the Lake Rabun Foundation, including the annual Rabun Ramble 5K/10K race, the biennial Tour of Homes, various fundraisers in intervening years, and the sale of member-created publications such as the Gatherings at Lake Rabun cookbook and Georgia’s Lake Como history of the lake.