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part ofLake Sidney Lanier, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Tue Sep 08 2015   Season Dates


Van Pugh South Campground lies on the banks of Lake Sidney Lanier in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Georgia.

The popular lake boasts nearly 700 miles of shoreline and over 100 small islands, providing visitors with limitless recreation opportunities.

Natural Features:

The reservoir was created in 1956 with the completion of Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River, and today spans 38,000 acres in the lush foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dense forests of oak, hickory and pine cover the region, providing shade in the campground and abundant wildlife habitat.


Lake Lanier offers excellent boating and swimming. Anglers fish for varieties of bass, sunfish, catfish and perch.


The campground contains 37 sites with water and electric hookups and 18 primitive tent-only sites. Amenities include accessible flush toilets and showers, drinking water, laundry facilities and a dump station. An accessible boat ramp is on-site.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Showers
  • Accessible Sites
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Entrance Station
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Paved Sites
  • Tent Pads
Within 10 Miles
  • General Store
  • Marina
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go
  • Campground reservations may only be made for Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Departure is by 3:00 p.m., Sundays. The campground and gates will be closed (Mondays through Wednesdays) and locked starting at 3:00 p.m., Sundays. The park will re-open at 12:00 p.m., Thursdays. Park gates are locked from 10:30 p.m. until 7 a.m. nightly.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited
  • Due to road conditions in the campground, no recreational vehicles over 26 ft. in length are permitted
  • For more information on Lake Sidney Lanier, please click here
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.18444, -83.99056
34°11'4"N, 83°59'26"W

Take I-85 north to I-985, take Exit 8, turn left on Highway 347/Friendship Road. Turn right on McEver Road, then left on Gaines Ferry Road and follow signs to the campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

6749 Gaines Ferry Road
Flowery Branch   GA  30542

Phone Number:

Information:  (770)967-6315
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