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Our Claim to Fame

Lake Lanier truly became a household name internationally in 1996 when the City of Gainesville hosted the Olympic Canoe and Kayak events at the Olympic Venue now home to Lanier Canoe & Kayak Club and Lake Lanier Rowing Club. This venue is exceptional for racing events due to its straight, flat open water which is an important aspect of competitive rowing.

Lake Lanier is located in North Georgia, just 60 miles from the state capitol of Atlanta. The 692 miles of shoreline borders the following five counties: Hall, Forsyth, Dawson, Gwinnett and Lumpkin.

Lake Lanier opened in 1957 after construction was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Today, Lake Lanier is a multi-purpose lake that is still operated by the Corps of Engineers.

The lake serves many important functions such as hydroelectricity, navigation, flood control, wildlife management and provides a water supply; however, you can find most natives to the area talking about the fishing, boating and parks that are home to the 38,000 acres of Lake Sidney Lanier. It’s estimated that there are over seven million visitors to the lake annually, all of whom are exploring the beauty of the North Georgia region and the recreational opportunities available.

Ready to experience Lake Lanier for yourself? Plan your trip today! If you don’t see what you’re looking for feel free to contact us with any questions.


Lake Lanier Attractions

image of Don Carter State Park, beach area

Don Carter State Park
5000 North Browning Bridge Road
Don Carter is Georgia’s newest state park, as well as the first state park on 38,000 acre Lake Lanier. Situated on the north end of the reservoir, the park offers outstanding recreation for water lovers. Guests can stay cool at a large, sand swimming beach with bath house. Boat ramps provide quick access to the lake, while a multi-use trail welcomes hikers and bikers to explore the hardwood forest. Kayak, Paddleboard & Aquacycle Rentals are available -- seasonal.


Gainesville Marina at dawn

Gainesville Marina
2145 Dawsonville Highway
Gainesville Marina has served Lake Lanier boaters for over forty years. Come visit Gainesville Marina, quietly making waves with its central access to all boating activities. A full service marina, centrally located on Lake Lanier.

Georgia Lake Fishing
Guide: Wes Carlton
Great family fun all year long. Half day trips, full day trips, evening trips, night trips, corporate trips and fly fishing trips.


Lake Lanier Olympic Park Tower

Lake Lanier Olympic Park
3105 Clarks Bridge Rd
Home of the 1996 Centennial Olympic rowing, canoe and kayak events, the Lake Lanier Olympic Venue is an icon for these sports hosting training regattas. Local events and venue rentals available. Amenities include picnic areas, public beach, public boat launch and courtesy dock areas.