Lanier’s Sawnee Campground Open All Winter

Ranger Andrea Wagner, U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s (USACE) campground manager for Lake Lanier, has good news for us.  For the first time, one of the lake’s campgrounds will be open all winter.

Ranger Wagner tells us Sawnee Campground, near Buford Dam, will remain open until Sunday, March 24, 2013, on a first-come, first-served basis.  After March 24, 2013, the campground will be closed for two weeks to prepare for the summer recreation season.  The campground will resume normal operations on April 11, 2013.

Top Ten Reasons to Camp at Sawnee Campground

  1. Sawnee is the only USACE campground open all year on Lake Lanier.
  2. Sawnee is the perfect cure for cabin fever.
  3. Your crazy relatives will never find you at Sawnee.
  4. You’ll lose weight!  Camping is the perfect cure for raiding the fridge at 3 AM.
  5. Sawnee is WAY cheaper than fancy cruises and you’ll never get seasick.
  6. Sawnee is only 45 minutes from Atlanta.  You can camp and commute!
  7. Sawnee is only 45 minutes from North Georgia’s mountains.
  8. Sawnee is a great way to “rough it.”
  9. Sawnee has hot showers, real toilets, a laundry and electricity, in case you hate “roughing it.”
  10. Sawnee Campground has a playground, boat ramp, actual trees, real wind and cute furry critters.



Sawnee Campground has 55 camping sites:

  • 44 sites have both electric and water hookups and
  • 11 sites do not have hookups.

Facilities include:

  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Hot showers
  • Laundry
  • Playground
  • Sandy Swimming Beach.

Choosing a Campsite

Campers will have the opportunity to pick a campsite of their liking and pay at the self-service registration station by the gatehouse.  Fees, rules and regulations and maps of the park and lake will be provided at the self-service registration station.  The gatehouse is not staffed full-time; however, park rangers and camp hosts will be making rounds regularly.

Contact Information

Call: Park Ranger Andrea Wagner at 770-945-9531 ext. 286.

Click Here for Sawnee Campground’s Website


GPS Information: (Latitude, Longitude): 34.17667, -84.07528 34°10’36″N, 84°4’31″W

Directions:  Take US 400 north exit 14.  Turn right on Highway 20 east.  Turn left onto Sanders Road.  At first stop sign, turn right on Buford Dam Road.  Sawnee Campground is on the left.

Mailing Address:  3200 Buford Dam Road, Cumming, GA  30041-0567

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Robert J. Sutherland is a travel writer enjoying life in Gainesville, GA.
Robert has two adult daughters, seven practically perfect grandchildren and a zippy Kawasaki. Contact Robert at [email protected].

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