Our Lake

Boat riding out into the lake

Lake Lanier offers a lot to its community and is widely supported by many businesses and agencies.

Fast Facts
  • Provides Drinking Water for 4 million Georgians
  • Provides a $5 Billion Annual Economic Impact to the Area
  • Hosted 11.8 Million People Visitors in 2019
  • Encompasses 39,000 Acres with 692 miles of shoreline
  • Located in the foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Headwaters of the Apalachicola/Chattahoochee/Flint (ACF) watershed
  • Impounded by the Buford Dam and extends up the Chattahoochee and Chestatee Rivers
  • 38,542-acre Reservoir Area
  • Holds approximately 637 billion gallons of water
  • Holds 63% of the total managed reservoir conservation water storage in the ACF watershed; drainage basin is approx. 6% of ACF watershed drainage area
  • Touches seven Georgia counties: Dawson, Forsyth, Habersham, Hall, Gwinnett, Lumpkin, and White
  • Encompasses 39,000 Acres with 692 miles of shoreline
Water Resource

Under the management of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Lanier provides water supply for 4 million Georgians.

Hydroelectric Power

Lake Lanier is a source of power generated for local electric companies.

Flood Control

Runoff waters from heavy rains are stored in Lake Lanier to prevent flooding downstream.

Fish and Wildlife

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state of Georgia develop and manage programs to protect and enhance the lake’s fish and wildlife.

  • Hosts approximately 11.8 million annual visitors
  • Offers an estimated $300 million in annual recreational economic value to the area
  • Has approximately 10,600 docks along its shores
Family and dog on the dock while splashing their feet in the water

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