Spring Has Sprung. Time for Camping on Lake Lanier!

Thankfully, we survived another brutal winter in Georgia. (Yes, winter is brutal-er elsewhere.) It’s time for camping on Lake Lanier!

You can find opening and closing dates for the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) facilities on Lake Lanier by clicking here. Allow me to save you some effort.

  • The seven campgrounds operated by the USACE will open for the 2019 season on Thursday, March 28th.
  • Day-use parks (unless open all year) reopen on Sunday, March 31st.
  • Beaches and Picnic Shelters reopen on March 31st, or soon afterward.

The Corps of Engineers operates … 482 campsites at Lake Lanier, including 430 sites with water and electric hookups.  Most sites are waterfront. All have a picnic table, fire ring, grill and lantern pole. 

USACE Lake Lanier

Each campground has its own personality, frequent visitors, gorgeous views and favorite campsites. They all have beaches, boat ramps and clean restrooms. Most have hot showers, playgrounds, accessible sites and entry stations where you can get answers to all your questions (except help with your homework).

For information on specific campsites or to book reservations, click on the link below.

Lake Lanier Campgrounds

Camping Prices per Night

As of March 21, 2019, these rates were accurate. They are subject to change.

Primitive campsites (tent site only) 

  • Sunday – Thursday: $16; Friday & Saturday: $16

Tent Campsite without hookups 

  • Sunday – Thursday: $18; Friday & Saturday: $28

Tent Campsite with hookups  

  • Sunday – Thursday: $20; Friday & Saturday: $24

Campsite with 30 amp electricity and water hookups 

  • Sunday – Thursday: $22; Friday & Saturday: $32

Campsite with 50 amp electricity and water hookups 

  • Sunday – Thursday: $24; Friday & Saturday: $34

It’s not exactly “light reading” but you might want to look over the USACE Camping Rules & Regulations that are “in addition to Title 36 Rules and Regulations.” Yes, these rules even apply to people who don’t believe rules apply to them.

  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • All campers and their visitors must register at the park’s entry station.
  • Courtesy drive-throughs are permitted when the park is less than 75% capacity; during the summer, weekends are almost always closed to drive-throughs.
  • Campsite occupancy is limited to a maximum of 8 people and 3 vehicles.
  • Due to limited parking only one camper trailer or motor-home is allowed per site. 
  • All tents must be placed on the designated impact area.
  • Visitors of registered campers must depart the campground by 9:30 p.m. or when the camper checks out prior to this time.
  • Check-out time is 1:00 p.m.  An additional fee will be charged for late departure.
  • Check-in time for reservations are guaranteed after 3:00 PM.
  • Length of stay is no longer than 14 days during any 30 consecutive day period.
  • Only adults (18 years or older) may rent a campsite.  Minors may not be left in the campground without adult supervision.
  • Motorized vehicles must have a license tag and be operated by licensed drivers. 
  • Vehicles may not be operated or parked off the roadway.
  • Garbage should be deposited in the dumpster.
  • The discharge of grey water and sewage is prohibited.  Please use the dump station. 
  • Park gates are locked from 10:30 p.m. until 7:00 a.m.  For emergencies please contact the park attendant at his trailer located next to the entry station.
  • Quiet hours are from 10 p.m. until 6 a.m.  Unreasonable or excessive noise at any time is prohibited.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length.  Pets are not allowed in restrooms, gatehouse, playgrounds, shelters or designated swim areas.
  • Fires must be confined in a designated fire ring or grill. Only dead wood on the ground may be collected for firewood. No chainsaws can be used.
  • A camping unit or a tent must be set up and utilized overnight on each rented site.
  • Speed Limit is 10 mph.

Simply be a good neighbor and have a good time camping on Lake Lanier.

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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