Lake Lanier is located in North Georgia, just 60 miles from the state capitol of Atlanta. The 692 miles of shoreline borders the following five counties: Hall, Forsyth, Dawson, Gwinnett and Lumpkin. Lake Lanier opened in 1957 after construction was completed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Today, Lake Lanier is a multi-purpose lake that is still operated by the Corps of Engineers.
Lake Lanier truly became a household name internationally in 1996 when the City of Gainesville hosted the Olympic Canoe and Kayak events at the Olympic Venue now home to Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club and Lake Lanier Rowing Club. This venue is exceptional for racing events due to its straight, flat open water which is an important aspect of competitive rowing.
The lake serves many important functions such as hydroelectricity, navigation, flood control, wildlife management and provides a water supply; however, you can find most natives to the area talking about the fishing, boating and parks that are home to the 38,000 acres of Lake Sidney Lanier.
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It's estimated that there are over seven million visitors to the lake annually, all of whom are exploring the beauty of the North Georgia region and the recreational opportunities available. Lake Lanier hosts a wide variety of events from fishing, wakeboarding, open water swimming, boating, rowing, kayaking and other recreational activities.
Lake Lanier is a known for world class fishing and attracts professional anglers from across the globe. There are 16 species of game fish from large mouth bass, lake trout, to striper bass. The lake has become known for it’s intense spotted bass fishing.
There are over 20 access points to the lake via boat ramps and park complexes that can accommodate large scale participant sporting activities. Gainesville has welcomed the world to Lake Lanier through fishing tournaments, rowing events, dragon boat championships and the Olympic Games.