Explore the outdoors at Georgia's largest lake.

Lake Lanier

Dawsonville offers convenient access to Lake Lanier.

Named after the 19th-century poet, Sidney Clopton Lanier, Dawsonville offers convenient access to Lake Lanier with the best of outdoor activities including camping, fishing, boating, swimming and other water sports, picnicking, and campgrounds. It rests in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, has 690 miles of shoreline, and more than 100 small islands.

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Boat Ramps: Click here for a complete list of boat ramps on Lake Lanier.

Lake Lanier Camping & Access


War Hill Park

War Hill Park consists of 14 primitive campsites (each campsite has its own fire pit, charcoal grill, and lantern hook), day-use areas (picnic tables, swings,...


Toto Creek

Toto Creek is a primitive campsite and the amenities include: campsites without hookups, restrooms, picnic tables, boat ramp, and a swim area. Reservations can...

Lake Fishing

Lake Lanier is well known as a productive fishing lake. Many species of fish thrive in the lake. Lake Lanier is best known for its Spotted Bass where catching one weighing 5 pounds or more is not uncommon. Types of fish you will find in the lake are:

The lake has approximately 39,000 surface acres of water at its full level. Although there is little natural cover in the top 1/3 of the lake due to tree clearing during construction, there are trees left standing in the lower portions of the lake as well as brush piles, drop-offs, submerged humps, and rock outcroppings in shallower areas. The Corps of Engineers, in conjunction with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources actively manages fish habitat on Lake Lanier.

Fish Species on Lake Lanier

  • Spotted Bass
  • Striped Bass
  • White Bass
  • Crappie
  • Large Mouth Bass
  • Brim
  • Catfish (several species)
  • Walleye
  • Carp
  • Long Nose Gar
  • Multiple species of bait fish