Lake Lanier


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  • 692Mi. of Shoreline
  • 60Avg. Depth
  • 160Deepest Depth
  • Dam Name
    Buford Dam
  • Year Built
  • Managed By US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Ownership
  • Acreage
  • Water Level
    Seasonal Full Pool
  • Schedule
(770) 965-0501
6206 Commodore Dr
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
(770) 967-6811
6800 Lights Ferry Rd
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
(770) 887-5309
1850 Bald Ridge Marina Rd
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 965-7605
6800 Lights Ferry Rd
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
(770) 536-2171
2145 Dawsonville Hwy
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 887-5432
2200 Habersham Marina Rd
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 967-5500
6334 Mitchell St
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
(770) 945-7201
6900 Lanier Islands Pkwy
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 533-9063
6338 Marina Club Dr
Gainesville, GA 30506
(770) 887-5715
8800 Port Royale Dr
Gainesville, GA 30506
(770) 536-8599
5725 Flat Creek Rd
Gainesville, GA 30504
Golf Courses
(770) 532-0066
301 Tommy Aaron Dr
Gainesville, GA 30506
(706) 216-7336
777 Dogwood Way
Dawsonville, GA 30534
(770) 534-7322
2515 Atlanta Hwy
Gainesville, GA 30504
(770) 887-0006
6560 Mayfield Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 887-6114
2080 Buford Dam Rd
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 318-7861
7000 Lanier Islands Pkwy
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 889-9161
2030 Buford Dam Rd
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 535-8800
4700 Royal Lakes Dr
Flowery Branch, GA 30542
(770) 271-0519
6094 Suwanee Dam Rd
Buford, GA 30518
(770) 534-6960
4055 Chestatee Rd
Gainesville, GA 30506
(770) 945-9531
3720 Duckett Mill Rd
Gainesville, GA 30506
(770) 531-3952
3500 Keith Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30504
(770) 887-0592
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 297-8114
3685 Looper Lake Rd
Gainesville, GA 30506
(770) 887-8906
5560 Shady Grove Rd
Cumming, GA 30041
(678) 482-0332
6300 Shadburn Ferry Rd
Buford, GA 30518
  • Counties: Dawson County, Forsyth County, Gwinnett County, Hall County, Lumpkin County
  • Fish: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Spotted Bass, Striped Bass
  • Condos available (Yes)
  • Notable events: Pirates of Lanier yearly poker run one of the biggest in the country, Lake Lanier islands decorated with lights for Christmas "Magical Nights of Lights"
  • Sailing clubs (Yes)
  • Interesting facts: Named for poet, Sidney Lanier, 1996 Summer Olympics were held at the lake
  • Known for: Location of Summer 1996 Summer Olympics, some of biggest marinas in US
  • Landmarks: Holiday Marian, Lanier Islands
  • Other notes: 7.5 million people visit annually
(770) 844-3200
1200 Northside Forsyth Dr
Cumming, GA 30041
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
6000 N Terminal Pkwy, Atlanta, GA 30320
55 miles away
Lee Gilmer Memorial Airport
1137 Aviation Way, Gainesville, GA 30501
20 miles away
About Lake Lanier
Convenient to Atlanta and the North Georgia Mountains

Lake Sidney Lanier is perfectly located in northern Georgia, sprawling along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains only a short drive from Atlanta.

Situated between Interstates 75 and 85, Lake Lanier has extensive access from a network of state highways and local roadways.

One of America's Favorite Lakes

With more than seven million visitors every year, Lake Lanier is Georgia's most popular lake and one of the most popular lakes in the nation. Lake Lanier is one of the most visited Corp of Engineers projects in the country.

Fed largely by the Chattahoochee River (but by the Chestatee River, as well), the lake is named for poet Sidney Lanier, who was inspired by the area's beauty to write his famous "Song of the Chattahoochee."

Extensive Shoreline, Scenic Elevation

With a surface area of more than 37,000 acres at normal water level, Lake Lanier features almost 700 miles of shoreline across Hall, Forsyth, Dawson, Gwinnett and Lumpkin counties at a beautiful elevation of 1,071 feet.

Olympic-Caliber Recreation With Waterpark, Golf and Conference Center

Lake Lanier has long been a favorite of boaters and jetskiers, as well as canoe, rowing and kayak enthusiasts.

The rowing and sprint canoeing events of the 1996 Summer Olympics took place on Lake Lanier, and the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club hosted the 2003 Canoe Sprint World Championships.

The Holiday and Aqualand marinas are two of the largest freshwater marinas in the world.

Boat rentals are available from small pontoon boats to luxury houseboats and group yachting rentals for up to 150 people.

One of the most popular attractions in the area, Lake Lanier Islands includes a mile of shoreline, a beach, and a waterpark with 13 water slides and Georgia's largest wave pool. The first-class amenities of the islands include a luxury hotel, full-service conference center, a golf course, equestrian center, a zip line and full-service day spas.

Holiday Lights

From mid-November through January, Lake Lanier Islands hosts Magical Nights of Lights, a six-mile animated light display that ends with a holiday village featuring carnival rides, bonfires, a Santa shop and live nativity scene.

The resort on the islands features full-moon parties and an annual Independence Day fireworks show.