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.
Army Corps announces 2017 park schedule
The Army Corps of Engineers has announced its 2017 schedule for day-use parks and campgrounds. All day-use parks will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. starting March 19. Fees vary between parks. Five campgrounds will open starting March 30.
Duckett Mill, Van Pugh South and Sawnee Campgrounds will be open weekends only during the month of April before opening all month long in May. Bald Ridge and Old Federal Campgrounds will be open the entire month of April. Bolding Mill Campground is open year-round, and the summer loop will open starting March 2. Toto Creek Campground will open May 1 and will be a reservation- only campground.
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.
All campers and their visitors are required to register at the entry station.
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.
Only adults (18 or over) may rent campsites. Children may not be left in areas without supervision.
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.
The discharge of gray water and sewage is prohibited. Please use dump stations.
Park gates are locked from 10:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. For emergencies, contact the park attendant.
Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m. Unreasonable or excessive noise at any time is prohibited.
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.
All fires must be confined in designated fire rings or grills. Only dead wood on the ground may be used for firewood.
is recommended only at designated beach areas. No lifeguards are provided. Swimming is at your own risk. Never swim alone.
Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
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.
Organized groups are welcome to use the group camping areas at Shoal Creek and Shady Grove campgrounds. Call the campground for reservations.
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 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
Van Pugh S
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
36 Little River
38 Wahoo Creek*
39 Thompson Bridge
41 Sardis Creek
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
80 Little Ridge
82 West Bank
83 W. Bank Overlook
84 Lower Pool West
93 East Bank
94 Lanier Park
State, County & City Parks
Shoal Creek - 770-945-8787
Big Creek - 770-945-8787
Chestnut Ridge - 770-945-8787
Clark's Bridge - 770-535-8280
Mary Alice Park - 770-781-2010
Flowery Branch Park - 770-967-6371
Lumpkin County Park - 706-864-3622
War Hill - 706-344-3600
Charleston - 770-781-2215
Shady Grove - 770-205-6849
Young Deer - 770-781-2215
Lanier Point - 770-535-8280
Longwood Park - 770-531-2680
Holly Park - 770-531-2680
Laurel Park - 770-535-8280
River Forks - 770-531-3952
Lake Lanier Islands - 770-945-8787
Don Carter State Park - 404-656-3530
Water release schedules
Corps of Engineers
*Picnic area closed; boat ramp still open
Information provided by the Army Corps of Engineers