Is Lake Lanier Really Haunted? Missing Boaters Spark Conversation About Lake's Eerie Past

Competitors race in the Sr Women K1 1000m Final during Day Three of the 2016 Canoe Kayak Pan American Championships at the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue on May 21, 2016, in Gainesville, Georgia. Some think Lake Lanier is haunted. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Twitter users claimed a Georgia lake was haunted after two boaters went missing after a Wednesday boat crash. Lake Lanier has a dark past, which has led some people to claim the lake is sinister.

The body of one boater was recovered Thursday, after it had been announced the rescue effort had officially turned into a search for two men's bodies, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Lake Lanier is 80 to 100 feet deep at its deepest, which may make the ongoing search difficult.

Social media users asked if the lake's supposed hauntings could have anything to do with the death. Lake Lanier locals were quick to comment and explained that the lakeside community has always known of the hauntings there.

So is the lake really haunted? If so, how?

Built in the 1950s, Lake Lanier is a man-made lake with an eerie construction. In order to create space for the giant lake, which covers just under 58 miles, a handful of towns were flooded. That means an entire underwater graveyard of towns and communities sits at the bottom of the lake. To divers, there's no question as to whether there's something spooky down there.

Buck Buchannon, a diver in Lake Lanier, toldWGCL-TVabout his experiences in October 2017. "You reach out into the dark and you feel an arm or a leg and it doesn't move. That's creepy," he said.

Georgia built lake Lanier over a whole town and a few cemeteries. Didn’t even move the graves. That’s why that shit haunted.

— $YD (@904Skrilla) May 9, 2019

More than a handful of gravesites had also been submerged. That means there's a chance there are bodies floating throughout the lake.

Lake Lanier has had a great number of deaths associated with it since its official opening. A reported 675 people died in the lake in 2017.

Despite its haunted tales, Lake Lanier is one of Georgia's largest tourist destinations, with around 8 million visitors per year. According to Georgia authorities, Lake Lanier is a "party lake," the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported in July 2016.

They’re going to make a horror movie called Lake Lanier one day

— Silve (@Priiish_) May 9, 2019

I live on Lake Lanier, so uh, am I supposed to just yeet myself outta there or? Also, we been knew it was haunted. The graveyard of the town under the lake is right behind my dad’s house lol

— Rylee (@ryleehamlin) May 9, 2019

Lake Lanier trending ...smh

— Cousin Heidi (@ATL_LOLA) May 9, 2019

Aside from the eerie facts, there are ghost stories about Lake Lanier. One concerns the "Lady of the Lake," a ghost who is said to walk the Dawsonville Highway bridge. Another ghost, named Agnes, is backed by a handful of contradictory stories, from hanging herself at university to drowning. Another tale says 88 people died in a 1903 accident and may still be haunting the area, according to the Gainesville Times.