3 Ways to Relax This Summer on Tranquil Lake Lanier
The 38,000 acre lake built by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers was named for poet Sidney Lanier. While the main purpose of the lake may be flood control for Atlanta, the states of Georgia, Florida and Alabama fight for water rights. Lake Lanier may be easily reached by traveling I-85 North from Atlanta or GA-400 North. The lake is utilized by citizens of Atlanta as a recreational paradise.
Boating: Lake Lanier is perfect for cruising on a houseboat, canoes, kayaks, sailboats, waverunners or ski boats. The lake offers 72 boat ramps for easy access. Little Ridge Park, Sardis Creek Park and Young Deer Boat Ramp all contain boat ramps and parking for vehicles with boat trailers. For visitors without a boat, Paradise Rental Boats at Port Royale Marina rents a large variety of boats for fun on the water. Lake Lanier North Georgia Cabin Rentals rents yachts for family reunions and weddings.
Fishing: Lake Lanier is known for excellent fresh water fishing. The lake is a habitat for Kentucky spotted bass, large mouth bass, striped bass and more. Fly fishing, deep water fishing with jigs, mid depth fishing with jerk bait or surface fishing with poppers meet with success on the lake. Experienced fishermen at Shane Watson Guide Service are willing to share Lake Lanier fishing secrets with anglers new to the lake. Charter fishing tours are available with Captain Kyle at Striper Quest Guide Service.
Swimming: The natural beauty of Lake Lanier is an awesome setting for a fun family outing. Lake Lanier boasts 650 miles of shoreline perfect for wading, swimming or playing in the water. Bald Ridge Creek Park, Bolding Mill Campground, Duckett Mill Campground, Lake Lanier Islands Campground, Old Federal Campgrounds, Riverforks Park, Sawnee Campground, Shady Grove Park, Shoal Creek Park, Toto Creek Park and War Hill Park offer a sandy beach for swimming enjoyment on Lake Lanier. Picnic lunch, sunscreen, towels and lounge/camp chairs are recommended.
*Photo courtesy of IMG_0540ar-2000px by Pete Harris at Flickr’s Creative Commons.
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