Everything You Need to Know about Lake Lanier Boating
Atlanta Georgia is not known to be a boating destination, but just 45 minutes north of the city lies Lake Lanier. Offering 680 miles of shoreline, this man-made lake was constructed by the Army Corp of Engineers in the 1950’s to provide flood protection but soon turned into a recreational boaters’ paradise.
Georgia’s Great Lake, Lake Lanier offers natural beauty, fresh water fishing that’s hard to beat and lots of southern charm. If you are planning a boating trip to Lake Lanier, here’s a guide to make sure you don’t miss a thing!
- Spend the Day Beach Bound – Visit one of the Lake’s beaches for a day of relaxation and sandy fun. Many of Lake Lanier’s beaches are accessible by land and even more choice exist when heading out on a boat. Have a picnic, watch the sunset or sunrise, or spend the day swimming – Lake Lanier beaches are the place to be.
- Enjoy Dining with a View – Boaters love to eat good food with a waterfront view and Lake Lanier has no shortage of that. Check out upscale restaurants like Sidney’s or the Legacy Lodge or drop in rustic casual sports where the locals eat like Pelican Pete’s or The Twisted Oar.
- Rent a Privately-owned Boat – Choose from many pre-screened, privately-owned Boatsetter boats of all styles and size for your boating adventure on Lake Lanier.
- Save the Date for the Pirates of Lanier Poker Run – In mid-July, when summer’s heating up, the Poker Run is an unforgettable boating event that boasts fun for all ages on Lake Lanier and all proceeds go to charity.
- Places to Dock – There is no shortage of world-class marinas on Lake Lanier:
- Aqualand – the world’s largest inland marina with 1,791 slips, dockside picnic areas and more.
- Port Royale – Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day and offering both wet and dry boat storage.
- Lazy Days Aquamarina – Slips to accommodate up to 125’ vessels and the friendliest staff around.
- Holiday Marina – Located on the South side of Lake Lanier, the oldest and one of the largest marinas on the lake.
- Sunset Cove – Offers the best in lakeside entertainment for both day and night.
Lake Lanier was created by damning the Chattahoochee River and was named after a noted local poet, Sidney Lanier. This historic and picturesque spot is a great place to visit for boaters looking for family fun, relaxation and, of course, good fishing. Put Lake Lanier, Georgia on your boating bucket list and be sure to drop Boatsetter a line to let us know if the fish were biting.
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