Begin your day of fun in the sun at the Aqualand Marina, which happens to be the world’s largest inland marina, or unwind with a session of retail therapy at the Southeast’s largest shopping center, the Mall of Georgia. And be sure to get in the holiday spirit with the “Nights of Lights” presented by Lake Lanier Islands, where 6 miles of twinkling decorations usher in the festive season.
Nestled in the foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains and nurtured by the Chattahoochee and Chestatee Rivers, Lake Sidney Lanier is named for Sidney Clopton Lanier, whose admiration of the area's scenic beauty inspired him to compose his famous "Song of the Chattahoochee".
Lake Lanier is one of America's favorite lakes. With several million visitors annually enjoying its recreational facilities, it has been the most visited Corp of Engineers project in the nation.
Lake Lanier, impounded by Buford Dam, encompasses 38,000 surface acres of water with 650 miles of shorelines. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has developed and operates numerous public parks around the lake for camping and day-use activities.
Atlanta Int'l 55 minutes, Gwinnett Briscoe Field 10 miles, commuter/feeder airport
No buildings over 2 stories.
Resident anglers, 16 years of age or older, are required to have a current Georgia fishing license in their possession while fishing in freshwater and saltwater in Georgia, EXCEPT: a fishing license is not required when fishing in a private pond. This does not include ponds owned by governments (city, county, Federal or the State of Georgia).
Lake Lanier Striper Fishing Charter & Guide Service
“BIG FISH ON”
Capt.Ken:404-561-2564 or Capt. Mike:770-598-5195
Rainbow Ranch Trout Fishing
770-887-4797, 41 James Burgess Rd, Cumming, GA 30041
Lake Lanier was host to the 1996 Centennial Olympic Rowing and Sprint/Canoe/Kayak Events, as well as the 1996 Paralympic Yachting events. These honors have helped make Lanier a world class lake.
Lord Nelson Charters Ltd, 770-271-1888, 6950 Holiday Rd, Buford, GA 30518-1403
Lake Lanier House Boat Rentals, 770-271-5705, 6900 Holiday Rd, Buford, GA 30518-1465
Lanier Harbor Marina, 770-945-2884, 2066 Pinetree Dr, Buford, GA 30518-1212
River Forks Park, 770-531-3952, 3500 Keith Bridge Rd, Gainesville, GA 30504-5425
Bennett Park, 770-781-2150, 3950 Burruss Mill Rd, Cumming, GA 30040
Forsyth County Parks & Rec, 770-781-2150, 3950 Burruss Mill Rd, Cumming, GA 30040
War Hill Park, 706-216-2427, War Hill Park Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Local Area Businesses
One reason for for the lake's popularity is its proximity to metropolitan Atlanta, Georgia. A well-developed road network surrounds Lake Lanier, with several highways crossing the main body. Visitors can enjoy the city of Atlanta and, in the space of a short drive, can lose themselves in the tranquility at Lake Lanier.
Lake Lanier Islands, a development by the State of Georgia and the Corps of Engineers, is the major resort area on the lake. The Islands complex provides picnicking, camping, beach areas, a water theme park, tennis courts, golf courses, rental boats, and hotel accommodations. Numerous other recreational areas operated by county and city agencies also offer recreational opportunities around the lake.