Van Pugh Park North

Lake Lanier has two parks named “Van Pugh.”  Van Pugh Park North is a day-use area with spectacular vistas of Georgia’s Greatest Lake.  Van Pugh Park South is a full-featured campground and is only open to campers and their guests.

Van Pugh Park on Lake Lanier makes a delightful office. ~~ Photograph by Robert Sutherland

They’re both near Flowery Branch on the southeastern portion of Lanier and both are operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Van Pugh offers something that you won’t find in many parts of our great nation.  Picnic tables with gorgeous views of the water — picnic tables that easily convert to an outside office.

Please Note:  Alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all Corps of Engineers parks.

More than 7.5 million people a year visit Lake Lanier each year.  The 700-miles of shoreline, the lake’s beautiful blue water and spectacular scenery make it a perfect place to visit for a day or an entire vacation.

Van Pugh Park North 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.

More than 7.5 million people a year visit Lake Lanier each year.  The 700-miles of shoreline, the lake’s beautiful blue water and spectacular scenery make it a perfect place to visit for a day or an entire vacation.

Click Here for Van Pugh Park North Day-Use Information

Directions to Van Pugh Park North

  • This recreational area is on the southeastern shore of Lake Lanier, west of Flowery Branch.
  • The address is: 6838 Gaines Ferry Road, Flowery Branch, GA, 30542.
  • Gaines Ferry Road intersects both McEver Road and Atlanta Highway.

Van Pugh Park 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, means you have to travel more 10 yards for pure water, showers and laundry facilities.  That’s better than the wilderness, where it’s you against vicious lions, tigers, bears and strangers playing banjos.)

Click Here for Van Pugh South Campground

Lake Lanier Park Information from USACE

Comments (2)

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    Mary

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    What is the cost to rent the pavilion at Van Pugh park?

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      Robert Sutherland

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      Hi,

      Here’s the information on the US Corps of Engineers website:

      PICNIC SHELTERS are available at several USACE parks at Lake Sidney Lanier. These shelters are ideal for family reunions, birthday parties or company gatherings.

      RESERVATIONS for shelters can be made by going online to https://www.recreation.gov or calling 1 (877)-444-6777. Reservations will be accepted beginning in March through September. Picnic shelters are can be reserved from April 1st through September 30 of each year. Please contact the Lake Lanier Management Office for more information. RESERVATION FEES are charged to offset the cost of operating the shelters. Payment may be made by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express). Payment of the reservation fee does not include day use fees at selected parks*.

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