There are two separate Van Pugh parks on Lake Lanier.
Van Pugh North is a day-use park that has a wide variety of spots for picnics or slaving over a hot computer on a nice day. Van Pugh South is a full-featured campground.
Both Van Pugh parks are on the southeastern shore of Lake Lanier, not far from Flowery Branch, and are operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers.
The Corps says more than 7.5 million people a year visit Lake Lanier. With almost 700-miles of shoreline, the lake’s gorgeous blue water, spectacular scenery and variety of recreational activities make it the perfect place to come from afar or to stay close to home for a vacation.
Lake Lanier was constructed in the early 1950s as a multi-purpose lake to provide flood control, power production, drinking water, boating, recreation, and fish and wildlife management.
Please Note: Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all Corps of Engineers parks. Possession of alcohol by anyone in attendance can result in the “termination of rental” and the immediate eviction of entire parties renting pavilions or other sites, without any refunds.
Van Pugh North Park has terrific day-use amenities, including:
- a boat ramp
- many picnic tables and grills scattered throughout the park
- fun playgrounds
- a large picnic pavilion
- a sheltered grill area next to the pavilion
- a designated swim area and beach
- and gorgeous views from many different perspectives.
- No pets are allowed in Van Pugh Park.
Directions to Van Pugh North Park
This recreational area is on the southeastern shore of Lake Lanier, west of Flowery Branch, GA.
The address is: 6838 Gaines Ferry Road, Flowery Branch, GA, 30542.
Gaines Ferry Road intersects both McEver Road and Atlanta Highway.
Van Pugh South Campground
Van Pugh South Campground offers 55 delightful camping sites. Water and electric hookups are available at 37 sites.
There are 18 “primitive” tent-only spots. (Primitive in this case meaning you must walk more than 20 feet for pure water, showers and laundry facilities, as compared to being in the wilderness where it’s you against vicious lions, tigers, bears and strangers playing banjos.)