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Lake-Lanier which is officially named Lake Sidney Lanier, is located in the northeastern part of Georgia. It was created in 1956 by the creation of the Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River. It's also fed by the Chestatee River. The city of Gainsville lies on the shores of Lake Lanier. Encompassing 38,000 acres, and with a shoreline of 692 miles, Lake Lanier was built and is operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The lake is situated in Hall, Forsyth, Dawson, Gwinett and Lumpkin Counties, with about 60 percent in Hall County. Lake Lanier is well known for its' boating, jet skiing, water skiing and other water sports. Approximately 7.5 people visit the lake and the Lake Lanier Islands Waterpark each year. The rowing and sprint canoeing events were held here in the 1996 Summer Olympics and it hosted the 2003 Canoe Sprint World Championships. Each year from mid-November through December, the Lake Lanier Islands are decorated with over six miles of holiday lights, which makes it one of the largest holiday light shows in the world. In addition to the light show, there are carnival rides, a Santa Shop, a live nativity, and bonfire. One resort hotel is located at Lake Lanier, and it's the site of two of the largest freshwater marinas in the world. Aqualand Marina is located near the town of Flowery Branch, and Holiday Marina is located in Buford. For shopping and dining, nearby Gainsville offers a charming historic area with over fifty unique shops and restaurants.

Surrounding areas: Two Mile Creek, Georgia (3.3 mi), Lake Sidney Lanier, Georgia (4.4 mi), Cumming, Georgia (6.8 mi), Chestatee, Georgia (8.1 mi), Gainesville, Georgia (14.2 mi), Ada Creek, Georgia (14.8 mi), Thurmond Lake, Georgia (17.3 mi)

Lake Lanier Vacation Rentals




Lake Lanier Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Emerald Pointe Resort & Conference Center7000 Holiday RdBuford, GA1.4 mi.(770) 945-8787
Lake Lanier Islands Hilton Resort7000 Holiday RdLake Lanier Islands, GA1.4 mi.(404) 945-8787
Renaissance Pineisle Resort9000 Holiday RdLake Lanier Islands, GA1.4 mi.(770) 945-8921
American Inn Of Buford4267 Hwy 20Buford, GA4.3 mi.(770) 932-0111
Comfort Inn & Suites Near Lake Lanier5961 Bristol Ind WayBuford, GA4.3 mi.(678) 730-5050
Country Inn & Suites1395 Mall Of Ga BlvdBuford, GA4.3 mi.(770) 271-1441
Holiday Inn Exprtess Hotel & Suites2499 Satellite BlvdBuford, GA4.3 mi.(678) 318-1080
Comfort Suites905 Buford RdCumming, GA6.0 mi.(770) 889-4141
Holiday Inn Express835 Buford RdCumming, GA6.2 mi.(770) 889-4600
Sun Suites Of Cumming555 Lake Center PkwyCumming, GA6.2 mi.(770) 781-5550
Hampton Inn Atlanta/Cumming Ga915 Northside Forsyth DrCumming, GA6.8 mi.(770) 889-0877
Hampton Inn Mall Of Georgia3240 Buford DrBuford, GA7.4 mi.(678) 546-1200
Springhill Suites By Marriott- Mall Of Georgia3250 Buford DrBuford, GA7.4 mi.(678) 714-2150
Comfort InnI-985 At Exit 16Oakwood, GA8.8 mi.(770) 287-1000
Jameson Inn Oakwood3780 Merchants WayOakwood, GA8.8 mi.(770) 533-9400
Comfort Suites2945-A Lawrenceville Suwanee Rd-Hwy 317Suwanee, GA9.2 mi.(678) 714-7707
Days Inn2955 Lawrencevile-Suwanee RdSuwanee, GA9.2 mi.(770) 945-4921
Comfort Inn3469 Branch RdFlowery Branch, GA9.7 mi.(770) 287-1000
Holiday Inn Express H & S Atl-Johns Creek7146 Mcginnis Ferry RdSuwanee, GA9.8 mi.(678) 638-9800
Super 8317 Saw Mill DrSuwanee, GA10.2 mi.(770) 614-6222
Fairfield Inn105 GwincoSuwanee, GA10.6 mi.(770) 937-9292
Sun Suites Of Suwanee95 Gwinco BlvdSuwanee, GA10.6 mi.(770) 614-0890
Courtyard Suwanee310 Gwinco BlvdSuwanee, GA10.7 mi.(770) 831-7473
Amerisuites Atlanta/Johns Creek11505 Medlock Bridge RdDuluth, GA12.0 mi.(770) 622-5858
Amerisuites Johns Creek11505 Medlock Bridge RdDuluth, GA12.0 mi.(770) 622-5858
Best Western Dawson Village Inn76 N Georgia AveDawsonville, GA12.4 mi.(706) 216-4410
Comfort Inn127 Beartooth PkwyDawsonville, GA12.6 mi.(706) 216-1900
Homewood Suites By Hilton-Atlanta/Lawrenceville1775 N Brown RdLawrenceville, GA13.4 mi.(770) 277-1243
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Ne/Gwinnett Sugarloaf2040 Sugarloaf CirDuluth, GA13.5 mi.(770) 495-7600
Holiday Inn Gwinnett Center6310 Sugarloaf PkwyDuluth, GA13.5 mi.(770) 476-2022
Windward Place3080 Market PLAlpharetta, GA13.6 mi.(770) 751-0202
Ramada Limited766 Jesse Jewell PkwyGainesville, GA13.6 mi.(770) 287-3205
Comfort Suites2225 Riverside PkwyLawrenceville, GA13.6 mi.(678) 377-0003
Quality Inn & Suites Conference Ctr726 Jesse Jewell PkwyGainesville, GA13.7 mi.(770) 536-4451
Marriott-marriott- Alpharetta5750 Windward PkwyAlpharetta, GA13.8 mi.(770) 754-9600
Days Inn Gainesville520 Queen City PkwyGainesville, GA13.8 mi.(770) 535-8100
Hampton Inn450 Jesse Jewell PkwyGainesville, GA13.9 mi.(770) 503-0300
Camden Suites-duluth2350 Stephens CTR DrDuluth, GA14.0 mi.(800) 342-5412
Extended Stay America3430 Venure PkwyDuluth, GA14.0 mi.(770) 622-0270
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Duluth11695 Medlock Bridge RaodDuluth, GA14.0 mi.(770) 476-1966

Lake Lanier Weather & Climate

Northeast Georgia climate is greatly influenced by the Appalachian Mountains, and differs significantly from the rest of the state. This area has four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and typically has lengthy spells of hot, humid weather. Spring and fall are mild with much variability from day to day. The first freeze is usually in October in the mountains. Winter temperatures average in the 40s during the day and 20s at night. Snow is light, with about 4 to 6 inches each year. Annual average rainfall in this region is over 60 inches. The driest months are September and October. The wettest month is March. Thunderstorms are common in spring and summer.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 51°F 31°F 5.98 in. -
February 56°F 33°F 5.00 in. -
March 64°F 40°F 6.06 in. -
April 73°F 47°F 4.31 in. -
May 79°F 55°F 4.36 in. -
June 85°F 63°F 3.69 in. -
July 89°F 68°F 3.97 in. -
August 87°F 67°F 4.22 in. -
September 82°F 61°F 4.17 in. -
October 73°F 49°F 3.76 in. -
November 63°F 41°F 4.33 in. -
December 54°F 34°F 4.66 in. -

Lake Lanier Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are Gwinnett County Briscoe Field (LZU) located about 14 miles south of Lake Lanier in Lawrenceville, Georgia, the Dekalb Peachtree airport (PDK) located approximately 26 miles southwest of Lake Lanier in Atlanta, Georgia, the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International airport (ATL) located roughly 43 miles southwest of Lake Lanier in Atlanta, Georgia, and finally the Richard B Russell airport (RMG) located around 65 miles west of Lake Lanier in Rome, Georgia.

Lake Lanier Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
Stone Mountain ParkStone MountainGA26.9 mi.
American AdventuresMariettaGA33.8 mi.
Lakewood FairgroundsAtlantaGA36.3 mi.
Six Flags Over GeorgiaAustellGA43.1 mi.
 
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA 
White Water ParkMariettaGA33.8 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Royal Lakes Golf & Country ClubFlowery BranchGA6.1 mi.
Country Land Golf CourseCummingGA6.6 mi.
Hampton Golf VillageCummingGA6.6 mi.
Windermere Golf ClubCummingGA6.6 mi.
Bears Best AtlantaSuwaneeGA9.3 mi.
Laurel Springs Golf ClubSuwaneeGA9.3 mi.
Olde Atlanta Golf ClubSuwaneeGA9.3 mi.
Peachtree Family Golf CenterDuluthGA14.0 mi.
St Marlo Country ClubDuluthGA14.0 mi.
Chicopee Woods Golf CourseGainesvilleGA14.1 mi.
Chattahoochee Golf ClubGainesvilleGA15.3 mi.
Hamilton Mill Golf ClubDaculaGA15.9 mi.
Trophy Club of ApalacheeDaculaGA15.9 mi.
Collins Hill Golf ClubLawrencevilleGA16.1 mi.
Crooked Creek Golf ClubAlpharettaGA16.9 mi.
RiverPines Golf CourseAlpharettaGA16.9 mi.
Trophy Club of AtlantaAlpharettaGA16.9 mi.
Sugar Hill Golf ClubSugar HillGA17.2 mi.
Chestatee Golf ClubDawsonvilleGA17.3 mi.
Eagle Greens At The ChimneysWinderGA21.9 mi.
Pine Hills Golf ClubWinderGA21.9 mi.
Trophy Club of GwinnettSnellvilleGA22.8 mi.
Nicklaus Golf Club At Birch RiverDahlonegaGA24.4 mi.
Heritage ClubTuckerGA25.1 mi.
Cedar Lake Golf ClubLoganvilleGA25.2 mi.
Bridge Mill Athletic ClubCantonGA26.7 mi.
Woodmont Golf & Country ClubCantonGA26.7 mi.
Southland Country ClubStone MountainGA26.9 mi.
Stone Mountain Golf CourseStone MountainGA26.9 mi.
GreenWay Golf CourseMaysvilleGA27.1 mi.
 
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC70.3 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC106.4 mi.
 
State Parks
Fort Yargo State ParkGA22.8 mi. 
Amicalola Falls State ParkGA29.0 mi. 
Arabia Mountain State ParkGA36.0 mi. 
George Washington Carver State ParkGA36.4 mi. 
Red Top Mountain State ParkGA38.6 mi. 
Vogel State ParkGA38.6 mi. 
Panola Mountain State ParkGA38.9 mi. 
 
Museums
Kennesaw Civil War MuseumKennesawGA35.4 mi.(History)
Robert C. Williams American Museum of PapermakingAtlantaGA36.3 mi.(Technology)
Hammonds House Galleries & Resource Center OF African American ArtAtlantaGA36.3 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia - MOCA|GAAtlantaGA36.3 mi.(Art)
Oglethorpe University MuseumAtlantaGA36.3 mi.(Art)
Oglethorpe University MuseumAtlantaGA36.3 mi.(Art)
Pasarya Museum of ArtAtlantaGA36.3 mi.(Art)
Atlanta History CenterAtlantaGA36.3 mi.(History)
Compulsory ArtsAthensGA40.1 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Georgia Museum of Natural HistoryAthensGA40.1 mi.(Science)
Georgia Museum of ArtAthensGA40.1 mi.(Art)
Madison Museum of Fine ArtMadisonGA51.5 mi.(Art)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
Zoo AtlantaAtlantaGA36.3 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN94.4 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN94.4 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC103.9 mi.


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