Four Campgrounds on Lake Lanier Reducing Hours

Four of the six full-service camping areas on Lake Lanier will be operated part-time during the 2013 season, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Mobile District.  These parks will be open four days per week:

  • Bolding Mill
  • Van Pugh South
  • Duckett Mill and
  • Sawnee campgrounds.
Sawnee Campground on Lake Lanier ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

Sawnee had been open all winter and was growing in popularity.

Mobile District Public Affairs Officer E. Patrick Robbins says, “To keep our recreation operations within the budget we have received for this year it will be necessary to reduce days of availability at these four facilities and to reduce service (i.e. mowing, gate attendants’ hours, trash pick-up, etc) at several facilities at Lake Lanier.  These reductions are not related to sequestration but are required due to flat budgets and increased costs.”

The beautiful and inexpensive campsites around the lake provide rest and relaxation for many of the millions of people who visit Lanier annually.

USACE will also be operating 32 day-use parks for the 2013 recreation season, in addition to the six full-service camping areas.

2013 Campground Hours

Bald Ridge and Old Federal Campgrounds:

  • Normal operations.  No restrictions on reservations.

Bolding Mill, Van Pugh South, Duckett Mill & Sawnee Campgrounds:

  • Restricted hours for reservations
  • Closed Monday – Wednesday
  • Open from noon on Thursdays until 3 PM on Sundays
  • Holiday weekend hours will be extended for Memorial Day and Labor Day


Camping fees range from $18 to $32 per night for sites with water and 50 amp electric hookups.

Camp Rules

  • No alcoholic beverages are permitted.
  • Campsite occupancy is limited to a maximum of 8 people and 3 vehicles.
  • Pets are welcome, but must be kept on a leash.
  • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.
  • Checkout time is 3 p.m.

Reservations & Fees

  • Phone: 1-877-444-6777
  • Online:
  • Reservations can be made up to 180 days in advance and include holidays.
  • No additional fees are charged to make reservations; however, there is a $10 cancellation charge.

Contact Information

Phone:  770-945-9531

Online: Please Click Here

About Author

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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