According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.1 square miles of which 27.1 square miles of it is land and 2.0 square miles of it is water. Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, parts of Gainesville lie along the shore of one of the nation’s most popular inland water destinations, Lake Lanier.
Named after Georgia author and musician Sidney Lanier, the lake was created in 1956 when The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dammed the Chattahoochee River near Buford, Georgia and flooded an Appalachian mountain valley.
Although created primarily for hydro-electricity and flood-control, it also serves as a reservoir providing water to the city of Atlanta. Lake Lanier is also a very popular recreational attraction for all of North Georgia.
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