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Temporary Park Closures at Lake Sidney Lanier

Published Aug. 5, 2020

Following severe weather that passed through North Georgia on Monday, August 3rd, several parks on the south side of Lake Sidney Lanier will be partially or fully closed temporarily as U.S. Army Corps of Engineers staff remove hazards and conduct area surveys to ensure public safety.

The impacted southern area of Lake Lanier experienced storms with high winds, toppled trees, heavy fallen branches, and damage to some park infrastructure.

The temporarily impacted parks are:

- Van Pugh North  (fully closed)

- Vanns Tavern  (partially closed)

- Two Mile Creek  (partially closed)

- Day use/picnic area portion of Burton Mill (partially closed; Burton Mill Boat Ramp remains open)

As a reminder to Lake Lanier’s neighbors, you must receive a permit before removing damaged or hazardous trees located on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers public lands and federal properly. Trees posing a threat to public safety or property should be reported to the USACE Lake Lanier Project Management Office, at (770) 945-9531.

All visitors to USACE Lake Sidney Lanier are asked to respect these public safety closures to minimize the risk of injuries, including from hanging limbs and other potentially hard-to-see hazards.

USACE Lake Sidney Lanier staff will announce full or partial park reopenings on the Project Facebook page @LakeSidneyLanierUSACE; the public may also call the USACE Lake Sidney Lanier Project Management Office at (770) 945-9531 for further information.


With an area of operation across Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, and northern Florida, and a vast military region that includes operations across Central and South America, the Mobile District’s award- winning teams of engineering, construction, regulatory and emergency management professionals are nationally recognized for their leadership in delivery of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ civil works and military programs missions to the Nation.


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