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Description - Nestled in the foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains lies Lake Sidney Lanier, one of America?s favorite lakes. Over 7.5 million people a year choose to visit Lanier. Seventy-six recreational areas have been developed around the lake under the direction of the Corps of Engineers. These include 46 parks operated directly by the Corps, 10 marinas, and Lake Lanier Islands. The remaining areas are leased to county and city governments or other organizations such as the Boy Scouts. With over 692 miles of shoreline, the lake is well known for its aqua-blue colored water, spectacular scenery and variety of recreational activities. Constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950?s, Lake Lanier is a multi-purpose lake that provides for flood protection, power production, water supply, navigation, recreation and fish and wildlife management. Lake Lanier is one of 464 lakes in 43 states constructed and operated by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. It has won the best operated lake of the year award in 1990, 1997 and 2002.

Attractions - Lake Sidney Lanier and Buford Dam, located in northeast Georgia, were built for the benefit of the public. This facility works to provide electric power, water, flood protection, and navigation while providing recreational opportunities to millions of visitors, as well as a sanctuary for fish, animal, and plant life.

Recreation - Recommended activities include boating, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, picnicking, and swimming. There is a visitor center and interpretive programs are available. A variety of water sports and wildlife veiwing are popular.

Climate - The climate in northern Georgia is generally temperate. Short, cool winters give relief from hot summers.

Location - Lake Sidney Lanier is located 35 miles northeast of Atlanta, Georgia. From I-985/Buford Take GA Hwy 20 West, from GA 400/Cumming, take Ga Hwy 20 East, to North on Suwanee Dam Road. Go three miles and go left on Buford Dam Road. The Visitor Center is one mile down on the right.

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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Aug 04 - Canoed from Buford Dam to Settle's Bridge (5 mi) and caught our limit of trout (8 per person) from 10-13 in with ultra-light spinners. Beautiful but very cold water. There are some shoals to navigate and one that might could be considered a class II (can be portaged) shortly after you go under the GA20 bridge. It can be nearly crowded on weekends, especially on the first half of the trip. I would like to hit it on a weekday but, they normally generate more during the weekdays which makes it much tougher to fish.

Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: It started with me and my dad.We were go to go to this old dirt road that went to a part of Lake Lanier,in Georgia.But it was blocked off so we went to the boat ramp.At first we caught nothing,then I put on a purple rooster tail and slung it out there,I landed a 5lb.6oz,largemouth bass.It was great down there.

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Contact Information:
Lake Sidney Lanier, P O Box 567 , BUFORD, GA, 30515-0567, Phone: 770-945-9531

Additional Information:
Georgia's Lakes and Reservoirs - Georgia's Lakes and Reservoirs range from huge reservoirs covering several thousand acres, to small lakes tucked away in the Georgia countryside.
Highlands Region - This area comprises the northern quarter of the state. Gainesville is the major city within this region. The terrain in this area is lush and mountainous.
Piedmont Region - This area is located in the north-central part of the state and is bisected by I-20, which passes through Atlanta and on to Augusta.


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