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Mobile District Temporarily Closes Old Federal Campground

Published April 17, 2020

MOBILE, Ala. – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District announced today that it has temporarily closed Old Federal Campground at the USACE Lake Sidney Lanier recreation area, which had been heavily eroded by high-water events in recent years.

A number of high-water events at the campground have caused significant shoreline erosion, making many areas around the campground unsafe for use. In response to public safety concerns, the campground will be temporarily closed until repairs can be made.

“High-water events over the last several years have damaged the shoreline and existing shoreline protection to a point where many areas are considered unsafe,” said Tim Rainey, Lake Sidney Lanier Operations Project Manager. “Unfortunately we do not currently have funding to make repairs, so the campground will remain closed until such time adequate funding is received.”

Lake Sidney Lanier intends to reopen Old Federal Campground after its repairs can be completed.  At present there is no estimated date for a re-opening of the campground.

Mobile District will provide further information when repairs to Old Federal Campground take place. For further information, please contact the Lake Sidney Lanier project office at (770) 945-9531.


Nestled in the foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains lies Lake Sidney Lanier. Well-known for its recreational opportunities, Lake Lanier hosts millions of visitors and recreation seekers annually. Lake Lanier has 76 recreational areas, including 40 Corps-operated parks and campgrounds, 10 marinas, and Lake Lanier Islands. With more than 690 miles of shoreline, the lake is well-known for its beautiful aqua-blue 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 reservoir lake authorized for flood protection, power production, water supply, navigation, recreation, and fish and wildlife management.

For more information, visit the USACE Lake Sidney Lanier project website and on Facebook @LakeSidneyLanierUSACE, or call (770) 945-9531.


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