RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Unknown
Drinking Water
About Old Federal

Old Federal Campground lies on the eastern banks of Lake Sidney Lanier in Northern Georgia. Popular for its aqua-blue waters and spectacular scenery, Lake Sidney Lanier hosts over 11 million visitors annually for fantastic fishing and boating opportunities.


Old Federal Campground offers many outdoor recreation opportunities including fishing, swimming, picnicking and bike riding. On the lake there are opportunities for wake boarding, kayaking, boating and much more. There's also a swimming beach and boat ramp available for campers.


There are 65 campsites that have electric and water hookups (no sewer) and 12 primitive tent-only campsites. There are also 7 walk-in sites for those who don't mind leaving their vehicles behind. Campers will have access to restrooms/bathouses, laundry facilities, two picnic shelters and a dump station.

Natural Features

Lake Sidney Lanier is nestled in the foothills of the Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains. The lake features 692 miles of shoreline and spans 38,000 surface water acres and 17,000 acres of lush terrain. The reservoir was created in 1956 with teh completion of Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River.

Nearby Attractions

Lake Lanier Islands as well as other nearby Army Corps and county parks provide may different recreation opportunities at the lake. The nearby city of Gainesville provides many opportunities for those looking to explore the local area.

Charges & Cancellations

Cancellations must be made via the online/phone reservation system or in person at the gatehouse. Cancellation calls to the gatehouse will not be honored.

ADA Access: N

Fee Info
Only Credt/Debit Card payments are accepted at the Gatehouse. No Cash or Checks.
$18.00 - $34.00
US Army Corps of Engineers
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Old Federal is located in Georgia
34.2222 N
-83.9494 W
Get Directions
Take I-85 north to I-985, take Exit 8, turn left on Hwy 347/Friendship Rd., turn right on McEver Rd., turn left on Jim Crow Rd. and follow signs to the campground.
9 Reviews of Old Federal
Great first impression

Seems like every spot has shade…except for mine. Coveting neighbors' spots but mine is great!. Water and electric are available at my tent spot (bring an extension cord or 2). Gorgeous view. Fire ring and picnic table included. Cell service is awesome here.

Great for seniors

Special Federal lakefront RV Park. Reasonable fees too

Amazing Campground

This is without a doubt the nicest campground we've stayed at. Most spots are on the water. They also have nicely mowed grass and some trees. Campground is VERY clean. Nice level spots also. We did some driving around to pick out our favorite spots. We stayed at spot #71 which is without a doubt the nicest spot in the whole campground. We will be returning September 17th and will be staying for 14 days. Can't wait. In my opinion the 3 best spots are 70,71 and 72. Actually any spot in the loop we stayed at (spots 62 to 75) are awesome. We also liked 33 and 61.

Great locations on Lake Lanier

Great locations right on the lake. Our friends have a boat slip at Lake Lanier. They were able to pick us up right at our campground site. The views of the lake are awesome. We had a spacious spot, but some are right on top of each other. There are some spots that have outstanding views, but you have to reserve those well in advance. Those book up fast. Our site was shady and most sites offer some shade, but there are some in direct sun. There is a beach area for swimming, but you can swim in the lake anywhere. We swam in the cove near our site. We also kayaked at the cove. There was some loud music one night. We didn’t want to disturb the staff about it. Lake Lanier is known for parties. The park is older and bathrooms were dated, but clean. There’s not other activities other than the lake itself. It’s a small campground. The campsite was paved and level.

Great campground, unfriendly staff

Every site we’ve stayed at has been great. They vary in size, but most have easy access to the water. Bathrooms are well maintained as well. The staff can have a grumpy side and aren’t always the most welcoming, but overall, it’s a great place we frequent often.


Beautifully maintained, large sites and breathtaking views. Close to area attractions, shopping and restaurants. The most outstanding sunsets you will ever see.

Enjoyed 4 days of beauty all around.

Gorgeous campground on Lake Lanier. Most campsites on the water. Everything manicured and groomed to perfection. Very helpful people at the front gate. All amenities kept in excellent condition.

Great Campsite, Obnoxious Neighbors

Had a great time around the firepit, great view of Lake Lenier. However, one neighbor kept complaining about the noise that wasn't there. Keep it up!

First to Review
Such a good experience!

Such a good experience guys! I was schocked: we found beautiful restrooms with showers, toilet paper and a LAUNDRY! Also, we saw a lot of animals and the sunrise was amazing. I wanna come back soon.