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Officials predict busy week on the lake

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People are already out on Lake Lanier ahead of the Fourth of July on Wednesday.

"The water temperature is perfect," said Casey Hartley. "It's been a little bit busy, but we've had a great couple of days."

On Monday, things weren't as busy on the water, but some believe that will soon change. 

"Today has been great," said Jenny Rolfes. "Tomorrow will be a different story and so will Wednesday."

The Hall County Sheriff's Office says it expects to see record numbers on the lake this week.

"The lake is full," said Derrreck Booth with the Hall County Sheriff's Office. "It's over-full, still. It's hot out obviously and the forecast is excellent for the week so yeah we expect record crowd."

To help keep everyone safe, law enforcement from several agencies are stepping up patrols.

"We have all out boats out," said Mike Burgamy with the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources. "We'll be running six patrol boats staffed with two officers on each boat."

Both Forsyth and Hall Counties will also have their boats in the water.

"We all kind of work together to help ensure safety," Booth said. 

Officers are looking for people boating under the influence and those breaking the rules of the water.

"If they stop you for whatever and you have a kid on the boat with you that's not over 13, you will get a citation this year if they're not wearing their jacket," Booth said. 

Those used to being out on the lake are well aware of the challenges that come with the holidays.

"crazy people on jet skis and people driving boats way too fast," Hartley said. 

But everyone is still excited for a little fun under the sun. 

"We like to watch the fireworks from the top, and we stay close to the dock and we save the boating for when there's not as many people out there," Rolfes said. 

The Hall County Fire Department is warning people to use fireworks safely. 

If you're like to watch fireworks, here are several public fireworks shows:

Public fireworks shows with approximate times, some require admission:

July 3, 2018

  • University Yacht Club. Show will last approximately 17 minutes. 9:00 P.M.

July 4, 2018

  • American Legion Post @ Laurel Park. Show will last approximately 15 minutes. 9:30 P.M.

July 7, 2018

  • Sterling on the Lake. 9:30 P.M.

More 4th of July Events can be found HERE.

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