1 Welcome to Lake Lanier

Lake Lanier, Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Lake Lanier is One of America’s Favorite Lakes

With several million visitors every year, Lake Lanier is the most popular lake in the Southeast.  You will enjoy the time you spend at Lake Lanier.  We guarantee it!

Lake Lanier is the largest lake in Georgia, with nearly 700 miles of shoreline spread over 38,000 acres.  The northern part of the lake sits in the foothills of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and offers stunning views. The southern part is a short drive from Atlanta.

Where Lake Lanier Comes From

The water in Lake Lanier is fed by the Appalachian Mountains.  The tiny streams run over beautiful waterfalls and through magnificent forests before making their way down the Chattahoochee and Chestatee Rivers.  In 1956, the Army Corps of Engineers built Buford Dam, which turned the two rivers into Lake Lanier.

Get Active on Lake Lanier

You’ll never run out of ways to have fun on — or around — Lake Lanier.  There is something for everyone to enjoy.

Lake Lanier boasts some of the world’s best rowing, kayaking and water skiing.

Enjoy an afternoon with family and friends at one of Lanier’s many luscious parks. Or, reserve a biplane ride to catch a bird’s eye view of the lake.  Rent a pontoon boat, giant houseboat, kayak or a canoe, or go for a canopy tour via an exhilarating zipline over the lake.

We have some of the best fishing spots anywhere!  Think you’re up to catching a giant “striper”? Sure you can! Rent a fishing boat for an amazing experience or hire a professional guide to take you to secret spots where “the big ones” hide.

You could book a tee time to play a round of golf at Lanier Islands’ world-renowned golf course, or perhaps skip the golf and opt for a rejuvenating massage at their luxury spa.  Once you’ve been to Margaritaville at Lanier Islands, magnificent beach and waterpark, you’ll see why families can’t wait to return to the resort year after year.

If your idea of a perfect vacation is to end a great day at a lakeside restaurant for live entertainment and a delicious meal while absorbing the sunset, you’ll love Lanier Islands.

With so many great options to keep you busy, it’s guaranteed fun for all who visit.

Enjoy the Beautiful Parks Surrounding Lanier

More than 45 parks and 10 campgrounds line the shores of Lake Lanier.  In 2013, we welcomed our first state park, Don Carter, which is located in Hall County on the northern end of the lake.

Also in the northern section is Lake Lanier Olympic Park, which was the rowing venue for the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games.  Buford Dam sits at the southernmost portion of the lake and has a variety of popular parks adjacent to it.

With so many lovely recreational areas and campgrounds scattered around the 700 miles of shoreline, visitors won’t have difficulty finding a park to suit their needs.  Whether you desire an RV hookup, boat ramp, beach, designated swim area, hiking trail, picnic table, playground, pavilion or barbecue, Lake Lanier has a special spot just for you.

Explore Areas Around Lake Lanier

There’s plenty to do off the water too.  Visitors to Lanier can enjoy a wide variety of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment in the surrounding area.  Buford and Gainesville are the two largest cities in the Lake Lanier vicinity.  After a full day on the lake, many visitors love to end their day exploring the historic downtowns of these friendly cities.

There are bountiful opportunities for fantastic day-excursions as well.  Visitors can enjoy the bright lights of the big city of Atlanta to tour The High Museum of Art or hang out at the artsy coffee and dessert shop, Café Intermezzo.

Others may want to pursue a day trip to the North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains for a hike on the Appalachian Trail, or to enjoy a mountain waterfall or winery.  Take a drive to eat and shop away from Lanier in the Bavarian Village of Helen, a trip you’ll always remember.  The charming Town Square in historic Dahlonega was home to America’s first gold rush.  This historic marvel has 70+ alluring shops filled with unique goodies that you’ll wonder how you ever lived without.

Fall in Love with Lake Lanier

If, by chance, you fall in love with Lake Lanier and want to stay, we’ve got the perfect Lake Lanier realtor to recommend.  The #1 Lake Lanier realty firm of Bev Knight and The Good Life Group will be pleased to assist in helping you find your dream house for the good life you’ve been seeking, with professionalism, knowledge and excellence.

We welcome you to Lake Lanier and hope you enjoy your time on Georgia’s greatest lake.


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