Van Pugh South Day Use Facility

Lake Sidney Lanier

Van Pugh South Day Use Facility 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 over 11 million annual visitors with limitless recreation opportunities.

Van Pugh South Day Use Facility ofers 54 small group picnic sites. Some of these sites come with water and electricity. Amenities include picnic tables, grills, a fire ring, a dedicated site, dedicated parking, and drinking water. A reservation guarantees entry and in and out privileges. Flush toilets, showers, an accessible boat ramp, and a playground are also in the park.

Need to Know

Natural Features

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

Nearby Attractions

Lake Lanier Islands is within driving distance and along with other parks provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation. There are several towns within driving distance that provide opportinuties to explore.


Lake Lanier offers excellent boating, fishing and swimming. The lake offers additional opportunities for kayaking, wake boarding and much more.

Changes & Cancellations

Cancellations must be made via the online/phone reservation system or by calling the Lanier Project Management Office at 770-945-9531. Cancellation calls to the gatehouse will not be honored.

Contact Information


6749 Gaines Ferry Road Flowery Branch GA 30542

Phone Number

For campground inquiries, please call: 770-967-6315

Rental Options

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Driving Directions

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.

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