Endless outdoor adventures await on land and water with a stay at Georgia's Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Set on the picturesque blue shores of Lake Sidney Lanier, the 1,500-acre resort in Georgia provides a variety of deluxe amenities and services in a setting of unparalleled natural splendor.  Activities abound for every taste with options such as  adventurous fishing, watersports, paddling options, hiking, biking, horseback riding, hunting, pampering spa services, luxury boat rentals, and award-winning golf courses.  Friends vacationing together and families gather during year-round to take advantage of all the great outdoors has to offer.

Horseback Riding
Water Sports

Horseback Riding
Saddle up on one of Lake Lanier Islands Resort’s horses and explore the scenic trails along the shores of Lake Lanier.  The Equestrian Center offers trail rides, pony rides, summer camps, riding lessons and much more in a relaxed and educational setting.  Enjoy a 45-minute ride on Lake Lanier Islands Resort's scenic trails along the shores of Lake Lanier.  Trail rides leave every hour on the hour.

Enjoy Lake Lanier Islands Resort’s scenic beauty on the two wheels of standard or multi-speed bikes. You can rent  bicycles or bring your own.

Although there are different trails and shorelines to hike and bike, the Laurel Ridge Trail, located near Buford Dam, is one of the most popular on Lake Sidney Lanier because of the scenic views featuring a variety of wildlife and wildflowers, in addition to four miles of woodland. Laurel Ridge Trail runs along the Lake Lanier's shoreline, several park areas, and the banks of the Chattahoochee River.

Hunting - Always check local regulations and permits required prior to hunting.

Waterfoul - Canada goose and teal hunting are found on Lake Lanier. The season for Lake Lanier is generally in September, with a bag limit of 5 geese per day (10 in possession) and 4 teal per day (8 in possession). Hunting has typically been permitted on the Lake except within 1,000 feet of any dock, house, bridge, road, boat ramp, marina etc. and in Bald Ridge Creek, Shoal Creek and any area south of Lake Lanier Islands. Deer & Feral Hogs -- During November and December some hunting of deer and feral hogs is possible on islands in the Lake.  Permit required.

Deer & Feral Hogs
During November and December some hunting of deer and feral hogs is permitted on islands in the lake. Hunters must apply and be selected via lottery - 60 permits are awarded by lottery every year.

Water Sports

With 38,000 acres of water to explore, Harbor Landing at Lake Lanier Islands Resort provides the best way to tour and enjoy Lake Sidney Lanier. With a large selection of boats available for rent, including pontoons and group excursion yachts, why explore charted waters anywhere else. Harbor Landing also provides a variety of fishing, tubing, and ski equipment available for rent.

Canoeing / Kayaking
Lake Lanier and its rivers are a popular destination for canoe and kayakers. Whether you want to go for a nice leisurely paddle around the lake or you want to paddle a more challenging section of the Chattahoochee or its tributaries, Lake Lanier is a great location to explore by canoe or kayak.

Lake Lanier is well known as a productive fishing lake. Many species of fish thrive in the lake. The lake has approximately 39,000 surface acres of water at its full level.  The cold waters released from the bottom of the lake support rainbow, brown and brook trout that are stocked in the river by the GA DNR. Fishing is permitted year-round. However, fishermen must use extreme caution when fishing below the dam and abide by special safety regulations.

Another sports fish found in the lake is the striped bass. Stripers are strong fish and are known for their fighting ability and are a favorite game fish for many.

Striped bass are large fish that can reach a maximum length of 79 inches and weigh more than 50 lbs. The Georgia state record striped bass is 63 lbs; Lake Lanier’s record is currently 46 lbs. They have anywhere from 6-9 dark gray unbroken stripes on silvery white sides, which is distinctive from its relative the white bass that has broken stripes. The dorsal fins are completely separate, and it has 3 anal spines with the second noticeably shorter than the third. The fins are usually clear to gray-green, but large adults have a white pelvic fin and the anal fin has a white edge.

Scuba Diving
Visibility in Lake Lanier  is 2 to 20 feet depending on depth, time of year and boat traffic.

Things you're most likely to see include sticks, mud, dead trees, rocks, stripers, bass, crappie and blue gills.

LanierWorld at Lake Lanier Islands Resort offers summer fun for the entire family. LanierWorld is a multi attraction interactive family environment with more than a dozen exciting rides and attractions, consisting of the Family Fun Park, Big Beach, and Sunset Cove areas, which offer endless fun while getting drenched. Come experience Wild Waves, Georgia’s largest wave pool, or take a ride down one of our many waterslides. The Kiddie Lagoon and Wiggle Waves are perfect for pint-sized guests and relaxing is easy on our half-mile of sandy white beach.


  • WildWaves Wavepool
  • Lifeguarded Lake Swim Area
  • Racing Waters
  • BlackOut
  • Intimidator / Triple Threat
  • FunDunker (closes at 6:30 PM)
  • Raging River
  • Kiddie Lagoon / Wiggle Waves
  • SplashDown
  • Typhoon / Twister
  • Ropes Course
  • Sand Volleyball Court(s)


Golf is a world-class attraction that at Lake Lanier find its best at the Emerald Pointe Golf Club, a championship 18-hole golf course with 13 holes alongside Lake Lanier shores, with bent grass greens and Bermuda grass fairways, where carts are mandatory, and senior discounts apply Monday through Thursday.

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