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Corps cuts schedules at 4 Lake Lanier campsites

POSTED: April 5, 2013 11:38 p.m.

Visitors looking to camp at Lake Lanier parks this summer will find their choices a bit more limited.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced Friday that four Lanier camping areas at Lake Sidney Lanier will be open only four days per week for the upcoming season as a result of federal budget cuts.

“To keep our recreation operations within the budget we have received for this year, it will be necessary to reduce days of availability at these four facilities and to reduce service (i.e. mowing, gate attendants’ hours, trash pick-up, etc) at several facilities at Lake Lanier,” said E. Patrick Robbins, Public Affairs Officer for the corps’ Mobile District. “These reductions are not related to sequestration but are required due to flat budgets and increased costs.”

The corps operates six camping areas at parks around the lake. Two, Bald Ridge and Old Federal, will open Wednesday and take reservations seven days a week, as before.

The other four corps camp sites at Bolding Mill, Van Pugh South, Duckett Mill and Sawnee parks will open from noon Thursdays through 3 p.m. Sundays starting next week. They will open for extended holiday weekends on Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Camping also is available at Hall County’s River Forks Park at 3500 Keith Bridge Road. Its campsites already are open for the season.

In addition, the corps operates 32 day-use parks at Lake Lanier. Annual passes are $30, available at the Lanier Project Management Office, 1050 Buford Dam Road, Buford. The passes are good at all corps-operated day-use parks nationwide.

For more information and a full list of Lake Lanier corps parks and what they offer, visit


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