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Day Use Information

PICNICKING

Lake Lanier has hundreds of picnic sites with beautiful views of the lake and surrounding woodlands. Most sites have boat ramps and convenient access to restrooms. Group picnic shelters are available at several parks. These are a perfect setting for a family reunion, birthday party or company picnic. Most shelters will accommodate up to 100 people and all have tables, a large grill as well as electric outlets and lights.







Reservations for USACE operated shelters may be made by calling our office. Fees range from $50.00 to $90.00 per day. See shelter section at the bottom of the page for detailed information.







SWIMMING

Wade the shoreline, float on a raft or make a big splash in the cool, clear waters of Lake Lanier. USACE operates 16 swimming areas around the lake and “swim at your own risk." No lifeguards are on duty. USACE recommends swimming at designated swim areas only.







For more excitement, visit the Lake Lanier Islands Beach and Water Park. There you will find water slides, wave pools and a variety of other water attractions.

 

HIKING

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 a map of the trail from the map room or see a video.







You may also want to visit the Little Ridge Trail. The trail is 1.05 miles long and features a number of different wildlife viewing opportunities.

 

PARK USER FEES

PARK

Pedestrians

Vehicles

Boat Launching

Buford Dam Park*

$2.00

$5.00

no ramp

East Bank

$2.00

$5.00

$5.00

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

$5.00

Long Hollow

$2.00

$5.00

$5.00

Keith’s Bridge

$2.00

$5.00

$5.00

Thompson Bridge

no charge no charge

$5.00

Old Federal Day Use*

$2.00

$5.00

$5.00

Little Hall*

$2.00

$5.00

$5.00

Vann’s Tavern

no charge no charge

$5.00

Tidwell

no charge no charge

$5.00

West Bank*

$2.00

$5.00

no ramp

Two Mile   $2.00  $5.00  $5.00

*Annual Passes are available to purchase at these 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.

**Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area passes will be honored at Lower Pool West.

Shelter rental fees are listed on the Shelter Info Page.

 

PARK OPERATING SCHEDULE

Day use parks are open daily from 7:00 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.

Picnic Shelters

SHELTER INFORMATION

PICNIC SHELTERS are available at several USACE parks at Lake Sidney Lanier.  These shelters are ideal for family reunions, birthday parties or company gatherings.

RESERVATIONS for shelters can be made by going online to www.recreation.gov or calling 1 (877)-444-6777. Reservations will be accepted beginning in March through September.   Picnic shelters are can be reserved from April 1st through September 30 of each year.  Please contact the Lake Lanier Management Office for more information. RESERVATION FEES are charged to offset the cost of operating the shelters.  Payment may be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express). Payment of the reservation fee does not include day use fees at selected parks*.

SHELTER CAPACITY is limited to the maximum number of people established for the shelter (see facility chart).  The setup of carnival type equipment is not allowed.

DIRECTIONAL SIGNS placed along park roadways are prohibited.

PARKING cannot be guaranteed.  Because of Lake Lanier’s high visitation, your group should plan to arrive before 11 a.m.  When parking areas are full, entry to the park may be closed.

PARK OPEN HOURS are from 8 a.m. until 10 p.m.

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES are prohibited in all parks. Possession of alcohol by anyone in attendance can result in immediate termination of rental, eviction of entire party from park and forfeit of any monies.

AMPLIFIED LIVE MUSIC AND P.A. SYSTEMS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

PETS are prohibited at the following parks: West Bank, Buford Dam Park, Lanier Park and Van Pugh North.

FEDERAL PARK REGULATIONS:  For an enjoyable visit, persons entering USACE operated parks should be familiar with the rules and regulations.  Copies are available at the entry station.  For additional information contact the Lake Lanier Management Office at 770-945-9531.

Park

Shelter Number

Tables

Capacity

Grill

Electric Outlet

Lights

Fee

Boat Ramp

Beach

Play Area

West Bank*

SL8203

8

70

*

*

*

$90

*

*

West Bank*

SL8206

6

70

*

*

*

$90

*

*

Upper Overlook

SL0301

8

80

*

*

*

$75

*

Upper Overlook

SL0302

12

90

*

*

*

$75

*

Buford Park*

SL0404

12

90

*

*

*

$90

*

*

Buford Park*

SL0405

12

90

*

*

*

$90

*

*

Buford Park*

SL0406

12

90

*

*

*

$90

*

*

Lanier Park*

SL9407

12

90

*

*

*

$90

*

*

Van Pugh North*

SL1301

8

70

*

*

*

$90

*

*

*

Little Hall*

SL4604

10

80

*

*

*

$75

*

*

*

Bolding Mill

SL5005

14

100

*

*

*

$75

*

*

*

Bolding Mill

SL5006

14

100

*

*

*

$75

*

*

*

Thompson Creek

SL5503

7

70

*

*

*

$50

*

 * Day use fees are charged at these areas. Fees: $5.00 per vehicle, buses $20.00 per vehicle. Children 15 and under are free.