Don’t forget about the day after Thanksgiving Hike
Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing are fabulous but following your
feast it’s time to work it off at the traditional LRA day after Thanksgiving
Hike. Our family-friendly tradition continues, and thanks to the generosity of Hal & Julie Taylor and the other Lorelei owners we will enjoy
a new location for our hike this year!
Please join us at the historic Flat Creek Schoolhouse located in
the Upper Narrows on Bear Gap Road (just below its intersection with Low Gap
Road, and across Flat Creek). We will see the circa-1890 schoolhouse, used
prior to the impoundment of Lake Rabun. Family obligations allowing, Julie
will regale us with tales of its fascinating history!
Our hike will start here, and we will walk approximately 1.25
miles along Bear Gap Road offering spectacular views of the Upper Narrows and
Joe Mountain and complete our outbound hike at the breathtaking beauty of
Minnehaha Falls. The entire hike out and back is 2.5 miles and will take
approximately an hour and a half.
There is no charge for the hike, but so that we might plan for
accommodating everyone at the Flat Creek Schoolhouse, please RSVP to Pat Hickey
at email@example.com or
(404) 754-7829 and let us know how many will attend. Due to somewhat
limited parking, we urge you to carpool as well.
What: Day After Thanksgiving Hike, other than the short climb to
Minnehaha Falls, the hike is easy and mostly level.
Time: Friday, November 25, 1:00 pm.
Place: Flat Creek Schoolhouse; Bear Gap Road. (headed from the Low
Gap/ Bear Gap Road intersection, the first building on the left after
crossing the new concrete culvert over Flat Creek); we will direct
you in parking.
Bring: Family members and friends, a water bottle, and comfortable
shoes. Dress for the weather. Please no dogs.
For more information and to RSVP about the hike, contact Pat Hickey at
L to R: Pat Hickey, Charlie Arp, Lake Burton resident Andrew Harris, State Representative Victor Anderson and Ben McCracken. Photo by: “K.A. Hamdy-Swink & Feather-Tales”
GA State Resolution
The resolution reads, “Whereas, the three principal lakes in Rabun County, Lake Burton, Seed Lake and Lake Rabun, have long and rich histories of wooden boat ownership that date back to the 1930s; and whereas, there are over 200 vintage wooden boats being operated on the Rabun County lakes on any given summer; and whereas, many of these vintage wooden boats are over 75 years old and have been in Georgia families for generations; and whereas, Lake Rabun and Lake Burton have annual vintage wooden boat parades and shows each year that draw spectators from all over North Georgia and beyond; and whereas, these events provide enjoyment for both the young and the old and generate tourism activity that contributes to the economic well-being of Rabun County as well as the entire Northeast Georgia area. Now, therefore, be it resolved … that the members of this body recognize Rabun County as ‘The Wooden Boat Capital of Georgia.’”
9.1.22 Wooden Boat Resolution Comments
When we first hear the distant rumble of the engine and finally spy a wooden boat cruising down the lake it evokes fond memories and cannot help but bring a smile. Whether it is the familiar Halls #1 or Rabun Boathouse 7, or another of the classic wooden boats that call Lake Rabun home – when I hear that sound and see a classic wooden boat I know I am at the lake!
Because of the large number of vintage wooden boats that call our Mountain Lakes home, Rabun County was recently decreed “The Wooden Boat Capital of Georgia” in a resolution adopted by the Georgia General Assembly. Both the Georgia House of Representatives and Georgia Senate passed resolutions honoring this designation.
We are fortunate today to have with us two esteemed guests to help honor the wooden boat traditions of our North Georgia lakes, and in particular the rich history of wooden boats on Lake Rabun and Lake Burton.
Our first guest is Andrew Harris. His committed leadership was the driving force behind the resolutions. Andrew is a former Lake Rabun resident, and he presently resides at Lake Burton. He experienced early the rich tradition of the wooden boats on our lakes, and not only spearheaded efforts to obtain the resolutions, he also organized the inaugural wooden boat parade in 2020 at Lake Burton in connection with their Centennial celebration. Andrew submitted the resolution because he wanted Georgians to be aware of yet another reason to visit Rabun County, and particularly our beautiful pristine Lakes. He has thus honored our lakes and started a new wooden boat parade tradition!
Our next guest is House District 10 State Representative Victor Anderson, representing Rabun and portions of Habersham County. Victor is local – a life-long resident of the district first elected to the Georgia House of Representatives in 2020. He is a graduate of Habersham Central High School, and despite hailing from the heart of Bulldog country, received his a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering with Honors from Georgia Tech. After working for the Georgia Power Company for 10 years, he left to pursue his family businesses. Currently, Rep. Anderson is the second-generation co-owner of Anderson Carpet One Floor & Home in Alto. Victor has served as a church deacon, and as a member of several volunteer boards of directors and served on the Habersham County Planning Commission. Victor married to his high school sweetheart, Kim who joins him with us today.
Clayton Tribune Article:
Rabun proclaimed ‘Wooden Boat Capital of Georgia’
Water Safety Committee Resolution - 9.4.22 - Presented at the LRA General Meeting
At the 9.4.22 Labor Day LRA general membership meeting, Pat Hickey as chair of the WSC discussed a Resolution that was ratified by motion and unanimous approval of the LRA Board of Trustees at the Trustee meeting held on 9.3.22. Development of the Resolution was guided by three general objectives, i) improve safety and manage shoreline impact of ballasted wake surf waves, ii) address the expressed desire of LRA membership for additional regulation around ballasted wake surfing, and iii) make recommendations in line with the LRA’s responsibility to represent ALL constituencies on the lake, to preserve comity across the lake community, and reach a broad community-oriented compromise.
The Resolution contains two parts, legislative and educational. The WSC believes the recommended actions are achievable and realistic and will allow progress against the objectives. The Resolution also represents a cooperative community approach. The Resolution, in its entirety, follows:
Lake Rabun Association
Water Safety Committee Resolutions
Whereas, The Water Safety Committee of the Lake Rabun Association was charged by the Executive Committee of the LRA to evaluate, develop and communicate recommendations regarding wake surf boating activities on Lake Rabun. These recommendations are to be presented to the Executive Committee and subsequently to the Trustees for review and approval for presentation to the LRA general membership at a scheduled LRA membership meeting.
On 7.31.22 all eight members of the Water Safety Committee were present at a meeting at which the following resolution was accepted by motion and unanimously adopted by the WSC:
First, the Water Safety Committee recommends to the Executive Committee that the LRA support State of Georgia legislation that would establish a 200-foot buffer between watercraft engaged in ballasted wake surfing activity and any shoreline, shoreline structure, dock or swimmer. Members of the WSC may cooperate with legislators (or their representatives and assigns) in providing or evaluating information necessary to draft and advance such legislation through the State of Georgia legislature. Such support shall in all ways comply with tax regulations around LRA status as a 501(c)4 organization.
Second, the WSC resolves to develop and implement boating safety and wake surf education materials that will be offered to the Lake Rabun community to communicate best practices in the operation of watercraft, including towed water sports activities and ballasted wake surf activities. Such educational materials are intended to provide resources allowing operation of watercraft in a safe and respectful manner that affords all lake users enjoyment of our waters.
This training will include:
- Operating instruction around unique features of our lake, such as the Narrows, the entrance to Hall’s Boathouse, the narrow entrances to Big Basin, the end of Pigeon Mountain Run closest to Hall’s and Witham Point, and boat church. Maps of the lake will be developed and distributed to illustrate the 200-foot buffer.
- Responsible wake surfing techniques promulgated by the WSC following guidance from WSC wake surf representatives. This will include development of videos on responsible wake surfing and proper wake surf boat operation to minimize impact of large wakes.
- Methods to avoid repetitive wake surf passes, to specifically encourage end-to-end lake routes that minimize wake impact upon any single point on the shoreline.
- Description of safe practices for towed activities (i.e. skiing, tubing and wakeboarding) as well as safe swimming.
- Provide non-binding recommendations regarding the size and weight of wake surf boats suitable for Lake Rabun, in line with similar advice currently available.
The manner, frequency and location of such training will be determined by the WSC and the Life Safety Committee chaired by Michael Crowe.
Pat Hickey, Water Safety Committee Chair
Congratulations To 2022 LRA Cup Golf Champion Team
And also the Runner Up Team of
Thanks to everyone who participated!
Boating Safety Announcement
Fireworks on Labor Day
Fireworks Boating Safety Announcement
On Saturday, September 3rd, the LRA will host Fireworks from the dike, starting at dusk. Boater safety is a primary goal, and we request that all boaters follow these commonsense rules. Common courtesy goes a long way to ensuring a good experience for all!
- Upon entering the lower basin at Witham Point for the Fireworks, as a courtesy please slow down to avoid wakes that affect other boats.
- NO-WAKE (idle speed) when departing the fireworks. Boats with yellow flashing lights will lead boats out of the lower basin and up the lake. Do not pass these boats. The fireboat will bring up the rear to help anyone needing assistance. The Georgia DNR and our Rabun County Search and Rescue with Michael Crowe will enforce this.
- After dusk, all boats must display Navigation (red and green) lights and an Anchor (white) light when underway, and an Anchor light when stopped. It is strongly suggested that all boats have a backup source of light.
The WSC wants all our boaters to have a safe and enjoyable experience at our traditional celebration!
Water Safety Committee