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Parks & Campgrounds

The Corps of Engineers welcomes you to beautiful Lake Sidney Lanier.

Located just 35 miles northeast of Atlanta, the lake offers some of the finest camping opportunities in the South.

The Corps operates 7 campgrounds at Lake Lanier (see map below). Camping enthusiasts may enjoy the luxuries of fully developed areas with water and electrical hookups or “rough it” at designated primitive areas.

Most campgrounds have park attendants on duty to assist our visitors. Camping in undesignated areas such as on the lake’s shoreline and islands is prohibited.

Rules and Regulations

The following guidelines are not intended as restraints to the enjoyment of park visitors, but as aids for orderly operation, visitor safety and for the protection of the environment and public property. Complete rules and regulations are posted at the entrances to all campgrounds and copies are available at entry stations.

Registration

All campers and their visitors are required to register at the entry station.

Campsite Occupancy

Campsites are limited to a maximum of eight people and three motorized vehicles (includes motor home). Due to limited parking only one camper trailer or motor home is allowed per site. All tents must be placed on the designated impact area. Visitors must depart the campground by 9:30 p.m., or when the camper checks out prior to this time. CHECKOUT TIME is 3 p.m. An additional fee will be charged for late departure. Check in time for reservations are guaranteed after 4 p.m. LENGTH of stay for campers is no longer than 14 days during any 30 consecutive days.

Minors

Only adults (18 or over) may rent campsites. Children may not be left in areas without supervision.

Motorized Vehicles

Park passes must be displayed in vehicles. All motorized vehicles in the park must be street legal and operated by licensed drivers. Parking off designated areas is prohibited. GARBAGE should be deposited at the dumpster located near the park’s entry station. Please keep campsites clean.

Gray Water

The discharge of gray water and sewage is prohibited. Please use dump stations.

Park Gates

Park gates are locked from 10:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. For emergencies, contact the park attendant.

Noise

Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Unreasonable or excessive noise at any time is prohibited.

Pets

All pets must be kept on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length. Pets are not allowed in restrooms, playgrounds, shelters or designated swim areas.

Fires

All fires must be confined in designated fire rings or grills. Only dead wood on the ground may be used for firewood.

Swimming

 is recommended only at designated beach areas. No lifeguards are provided. Swimming is at your own risk. Never swim alone.

Alcoholic Beverages

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

Reservations

Reservations for individual and group campsites can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or on the web at www.reserveusa.com. All other family campsites at Lake Lanier are available only on a first come basis.

Group Camping

Organized groups are welcome to use the group camping areas at Shoal Creek and Shady Grove campgrounds. Call the campground for reservations.

Accessible Facilities

The Corps of Engineers at Lake Lanier is actively involved in providing facilities which are accessible to the disabled. Most campgrounds are accessible.

Opening & Closing Dates

For more information on park schedules, visit http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Recreation/LakeSidneyLanier/recreation/Schedules

Camping Rates (per night)

Primitive campsites $18
Campsite w/o hookups (tent site) $22
Campsite with 30 amp electricity and water hookups $30
Campsite with 50 amp electricity and water hookup  $32
Visitor vehicles  $4

(Payment may be made by via most major credit cards except at Sawnee Campground.)
For more information about camping, visit http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Recreation/LakeSidneyLanier/recreation/camping

Picnic Shelters

Picnic shelters are available at several Corps’ parks around the lake. 
Call the Lake Lanier Management Office for Details: 770-945-9531 or visit http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Recreation/LakeSidneyLanier/recreation/dayuse

Rates for Shelters (per day)

West Bank Park - $90
Upper Overlook - $90
Buford Dam Park - $90
Van Pugh Park North - $90
Lanier Park - $90
Bolding Mill - $75
Little Hall - $75
Thompson Creek Park - $50

Day Use Parks

The Corps operates 39 day-use parks at Lake Lanier. Facilities range from parks with boat ramps to those with designated swimming areas, picnic tables, shelters and playgrounds. All day use parks close daily at 10 p.m.. Boat launching is allowed at all hours unless otherwise posted. 

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all parks.

For more information on day use parks, visit http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/Recreation/LakeSidneyLanier/recreation/dayuse


Day Use Fees

Boat launching  $3/$4

Campgrounds

13        Van Pugh S 
17        
Old Federal
45        
Duckett Mill
50        
Bolding Mill 
53        
Toto Creek               
77        
Bald Ridge
81       
 Sawnee


Day Use Parks
1          Lower Pool East
2          
Lower Overlook
3          
Upper Overlook 
4          
Buford Dam Park
12        
Burton Mill
13        
Van Pugh S
15        
Van Pugh N
18        
Old Federal Day Use 
19       
 Balus Creek
20       
 Mountain View*
30        
Belton Bridge
31        
Lula
36        
Little River
38        
Wahoo Creek*
39        
Thompson Bridge
41        
Sardis Creek
42        
Simpson
43        
Robinson*
45        Duckett Mill
46        
Little Hall
50        
Bolding Mill 
53        
Toto Creek
54        
Nix Bridge
55        
Thompson Creek
59        
Keith's Bridge
60       
 Long Hollow
67        
Two Mile
70        
Six Mile
76        
Tidwell
80        
Little Ridge
82        
West Bank
83        
W. Bank Overlook
84        
Lower Pool West
93        
East Bank
94        
Lanier Park


Information

Water release schedules                      
770 945-1466

Lake information                   
770 945-1467

Corps of Engineers
770 945-9531
 
*Picnic area closed; boat ramp still open
Information provided by the Army Corps of Engineers
 
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