A refreshing swim in the lake is a great way to complete your day on Lake Lanier. Many of the designated swim areas have inviting beaches. The parks that host them offer various amenities, including picnic pavilions, playgrounds, barbecues and bathrooms. You can easily pass a whole day swimming, picnicking and playing at Lake Lanier’s parks.
In addition to these designated swim areas, you certainly don’t want to miss Margaritaville at Lanier Islands’ beach and waterpark, in Buford on the southern end of the lake. Another option for swimming off the lake is Francis Meadows Aquatic Center. This large aquatic center is located in Gainesville.
Designated Swim Areas around Lake Lanier
The US Army Corps of Engineers operates 20 designated swim areas around the 38,000 acres of Lake Lanier. You’ll find imported white-sand beaches at some and pavilions, barbecue grills and playgrounds at most.
In addition to the Corps swim areas, there’s also a beautiful white-sand beach and designated swim area (with a stunning view) at Don Carter State Park.
All swim areas are “swim at your own risk.” There are no lifeguards on duty. Swimmers are encouraged to swim at designated swim areas only.
Corps campgrounds with designated swim areas include:
Corps day-use parks with designated swim areas include:
- Bolding Mill Park
- Buford Dam Park
- Burton Mill Park
- Duckett Mill Park
- Keith Bridge Park
- Lanier Park
- Little Hall Park
- Long Hollow Park
- Mary Alice Park
- Old Federal Park
- River Forks Park
- Shoal Creek Park
- Toto Creek Park
- Van Pugh Park
- Warhill Park
- West Bank Park
- Young Deer Park
Georgia state parks with designated swim areas include:
Swimming Options at Lanier Islands
Margaritaville at Lanier Islands Waterpark
A family favorite is Margaritaville at Lanier Islands in Buford. At the Waterpark visitors enjoy the South’s largest wave pool, as well as the rapids of Raging River, and the drops of the Triple Threat & Intimidator.
Paradise Beach is the home of the 5-story spectacular screen, Bucky’s Fun Zone (for the little ones), and CAT 4 is the only water slide in Georgia that ends in the Lake! The beach has a designated swim area and is always a popular spot during the summer.
Landshark Landing is THE spot on Lake Lanier for music, entertainment, dining & nightlife! Grab a cool drink from the License to Drink Bar, or grab a bite at LandShark Bar & Grill just steps away from the water.
- Address: 7650 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, GA 30518
- Phone: (470) 323-3440
- Website: http://www.lanierislands.com/margaritaville
Shoal Creek Campground
Margaritaville at Lanier Islands also now operates Shoal Creek Campground, with a designated swim area.
Other Swimming Options
Francis Meadows Aquatic Center
Francis Meadows has an outdoor public water park kids love. The amenities include: a splash pad, a zero-depth entry pool with water troughs, a kid pool with aquatic slide and water squirters, a swirl pool and current pool, as well as 3-story high water slides.
There’s also an indoor 10-lane competition pool and an indoor 4-lane instructional pool. No outside food is allowed, but there is a snack bar onsite.
For a full listing of prices, hours and amenities, visit their website or give them a call.
- Address: 1545 Community Way, Gainesville, GA 30501
- Phone: (770) 533-5850
- Website: http://www.gainesville.org/frances-meadows