Quick Facts

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


- 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.
- 692 miles of shoreline | 38,542-acre Reservoir Area
- Holds approx. 637 billion gallons of water | approx. 354 billion in the conservation storage
- 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


Water Resource: Under the management of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Lanier provides water supply for 5.7 million Georgians.
Hydroelectric Power: Lake Lanier is a major 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 US Army Corps of Engineers and the state of Georgia develop and manage programs to protect and enhance the lake’s fish and wildlife.


– Hosts approx. 8 million annual visitors
– Estimated $300 million in annual recreational economic value to the area
– Has approx. 10,600 docks along its shores
– One of the oldest and most visited Lake Lanier Web sites: lakelanier.com
– Monthly lake newspaper, Lakeside on Lanier
– Jim Crawford – aerial photographer of Lake Lanier marinas and owner of Crawford Aerial Photos
Anne Brodie Hill – Lake Lanier and marine artist

North Georgia Community
Foundation Building
615F Oak St, #200
Gainesville, GA 30501-8526