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Lake Sidney Lanier

Nestled in the foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains lies Lake Sidney Lanier, one of Americas favorite lakes. Well known for its recreational opportunities, Lake Lanier hosts more than 11.8 million people annually.

Lake Lanier has 76 recreational areas, including 46 Corps-operated parks, 10 marinas, and Lake Lanier Islands. The remaining areas are leased to local governments or other organizations.

With more than 690 miles of shoreline, the lake is well known for its aqua-blue colored water, spectacular scenery and unique recreational activities. Constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s, Lake Lanier is a multi-purpose lake that is authorized for flood protection, power production, water supply, navigation, recreation and fish and wildlife management.

Lake Lanier is one of 464 lakes in 43 states constructed and operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. It has won the Best Operated Lake of the Year award in 1990, 1997 and 2002. Activities available at the lake include picnicking, camping, boating, swimming, hiking, and fishing. Boat ramps, picnic shelters and hiking trails are conveniently located around the lake to make your trip enjoyable.  With more than 100 small islands surrounding the lake there is plenty of opportunity for adventure.

Whether you and your family are looking for fishing, camping, boating, picnicking, swimming or some other recreation activity, you won’t have to look far to find it at Lake Lanier. Call the Lake Lanier Project Management Office for more information.



Contact Us

Lanier Sidney Lanier

Project Management Office

1050 Buford Dam Road

Buford, GA 30518


Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 567
Buford, GA 30515-0567

(770) 945-9531