A Brief History:
The construction of Lake Tanisha and the Ballenger Lake Estates development was completed in 1991 with the first house being completed in 1992. The development was the brain child of couple of former members of the Atlanta Water Ski Club who were seeking a lake and a location where they could enjoy the fun, challenge and social comradery of water skiing and the water ski community. The lake is both stream and spring fed and went from empty to completely full in less than half the estimated time originally estimated by the Corps of Engineers. Due to the consistent inlet of water into the lake even during the draught of 2007 the lowest level the lake has fallen to is 18 inches below full pool.
Community Physical Description:
The Ballenger Lake community occupies 100 beautiful acres of land inclusive of a 28 acre private lake. The land around the lake consists of 19 home sites with the largest lot being just over 10 acres and the smallest lot sized at just over 2 acres. All of the properties were sold primarily to water ski enthusiasts during the first few years of the community’s existence. Today there are 16 executive size homes within the community valued from $350,000 to more than $1.5 million.
Community residents and lake use:
Members of the community vary widely in age with a number of the families having children and in some cases grand children. While the lake is stocked for fishing the primary community use is water sports including competition style three-event water skiing and wake boarding along with swimming and playing at the community beach. There is also a healthy amount of cooking out and socializing at the community common area.
While none have been conducted during the last 5 years the lake has hosted multiple USA Water Ski sanctioned events including 3 Event, Slalom only and Wake Board tournaments. The Ballenger Lake Estates community previously served as the hosting location for the currently inactive “West Georgia Water Skiers” water ski club.