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Day-Use Parks

Wade the shoreline, float on a raft, or make a big splash in the cool, clear waters at one of Lake Sidney Lanier’s Day-Use Parks. The Corps of Engineers manages 13 day-use swimming areas around the lake. When visiting these parks never swim alone, only swim in designated swim areas, and take extra precaution because there are no lifeguards on duty.

Hikers may want to visit the Laurel Ridge Trail located near Buford Dam. Along the 3.8-mile trail, you can glimpse beautiful views of the lake, woodland and river scenery, as well as rare wildflowers and a variety of wildlife. The trail winds through several park areas, along the lake’s shoreline and the banks of the Chattahoochee River. View You may also want to visit the Little Ridge Trail, a 1.05 mile trail with a variety of different wildlife viewing opportunities.

Annual Passes are available to purchase at Lake Lanier Day-Use parks during gatehouse hours or at our office. These passes may be used at any park in the list above or any USACE park in the country. Passes for the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area will be honored at the Lower Pool West.

Day-Use parks are open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Boat launching only is allowed after park closed times. Some parks are totally or partially closed during the winter months.

Park User Fees


PARK

             

PEDESTRIANS

             

VEHICLES

             

BOAT RAMPS

             

Buford Dam Park

$2.00

$5.00

No Ramp

East Bank

No Charge

No Charge

Annual Pass Only

Lower Pool West

$2.00

$5.00

$5.00

Lower Pool East

$2.00

$5.00

No Ramp

Lanier Park

$2.00

$5.00

$5.00

Burton Mill

$2.00

$5.00

$5.00

Van Pugh North

$2.00

$5.00

$5.00

Balus Creek

No Charge No Charge

Annual Pass Only

Long Hollow

$2.00

$5.00

$5.00

Keith’s Bridge

$2.00

$5.00

$5.00

Thompson Bridge

No Charge No Charge

Annual Pass Only

Old Federal

$2.00

$5.00

$5.00

Little Hall

$2.00

$5.00

$5.00

Vann’s Tavern

No Charge No Charge

Annual Pass Only

Tidwell

No Charge No Charge

Annual Pass Only

West Bank

$2.00

$5.00

No Ramp

Two Mile 

$2.00

$5.00

$5.00

Little River

No Charge

No Charge 

Annual Pass Only 


Free Day Use Parks

PARK 


RESTROOMS 


PAID AREA WITHIN PARK 


BOAT RAMPS 

  
 Lower Overlook Yes  None None 
 Upper Overlook None Picnic Shelters None
 Mountain View None None Yes
 Belton Bridge None None Yes
 Sardis Creek Yes None  Yes 
 Simpson None None  Yes 
 Robinson Yes None  Yes 
 Duckett Mill None  Duckett Mill Campground  Yes
 Bolding Mill Yes  Picnic Shelters & Bolding Mill Campground  Yes 
 Toto Creek Yes  Toto Creek Campground  Yes 
 Nix Bridge Yes  None  Yes 
 Thompson Creek Yes  Picnic Shelters  Yes 
 West Bank Overlook None  None  None 
 Little Ridge None  None  Yes