DNR: Allatoona busier than usual for holiday
by Jessica Loeding
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Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michael Burlison, left, and Department of Natural Resources Cpl. Lee Burns patrol Lake Allatoona during the Labor Day weekend. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Michael Burlison, left, and Department of Natural Resources Cpl. Lee Burns patrol Lake Allatoona during the Labor Day weekend. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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Lake Allatoona closed out the unofficial end to summer Monday, ending what a Georgia Department of Natural Resources official called a busier than normal holiday.

“This looked more like the Fourth of July or Memorial Day than Labor Day weekend,” said DNR Sgt. Mike Barr.

Rangers on Lake Allatoona aided in the recovery Sunday of a woman’s body in Cherokee County. Officials late Sunday night identified the woman as 33-year-old Sheila Ann Carlotta.

A boater found the body Sunday morning near the beach of the Kellogg Creek Day Use area, prompting an investigation by the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. She had been swimming in the area Saturday with family and friends.

A boat crash occurred during one of the pop-up thunderstorms over the weekend, but no injuries were reported. Barr said a boater attempting to hurry into the dock area rear-ended another vessel due to poor visibility in the rain.

Barr said rangers and Bartow County Sheriff’s Office deputies also responded to a fight at Allatoona Landing. The brawl, which involved between 30 and 40 people, started after a dog was running and barking along the dock area.

BCSO began placing a deputy on the DNR boats in the county several weeks ago through a joint partnership to increase lake safety.

“It’s great,” Barr said. “There’re some real pluses.”

He said the deputies experience handling domestics, altercations and the rangers’ boating and conservation knowledge creates a better dynamic.

“It’s just a better response. The combination of the two has been a real plus,” Barr said. “I’ve been able to run boats from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.”

The increased activity on Allatoona was attributed to the holiday’s timing — Labor Day most often falls in line with the opening of dove season — and the weekend’s weather.

“… A lot of people who boat also hunt,” Barr said. “… In addition, we’ve had really fair weather.”

Dove season will launch the fall hunting seasons when it opens Saturday.