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.