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Camping

Established Camping

Van Pugh South Campground

About

US Army Corps of Engineers

Lake Sidney Lanier

Overview

Van Pugh South Day Use Facility lies on the banks of Lake Sidney Lanier in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Northern Georgia. The popular lake boasts nearly 700 miles of shoreline and over 100 small islands, providing over 11 million annual visitors with limitless recreation opportunities.

Recreation

Lake Lanier offers excellent boating, fishing and swimming. The lake offers additional opportunities for kayaking, wake boarding and much more.

Facilities

The day use facility contains 37 sites with water and electric hookups and 18 primitive tent-only sites. Amenities include accessible flush toilets and showers, drinking water, and a dump station. An accessible boat ramp is on-site.

Natural Features

The reservoir was created in 1956 with the completion of Buford Dam on the Chattahoochee River, and today spans 38,000 acres of water in the lush foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Dense forests of oak, hickory and pine cover the region, providing shade in the day use facility and abundant wildlife habitat.

Nearby Attractions

Lake Lanier Islands is within driving distance and along with other parks provides many opportunities for outdoor recreation. There are several towns within driving distance that provide opportinuties to explore.

Charges & Cancellations

Cancellations must be made via the online/phone reservation system or by calling the Lanier Project Management Office at 770-945-9531. Cancellation calls to the gatehouse will not be honored.

Fee Info

Reservations can be made online at recreation.gov or by calling 1-877-444-6777.

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Location

Van Pugh South Campground is located in Georgia

Detail location of campground

Directions

Take I-85 north to I-985, take Exit 8, turn left on Highway 347/Friendship Road. Turn right on McEver Road, then left on Gaines Ferry Road and follow signs to the campground.

Address

6749 Gaines Ferry Road
Flowery branch, GA 30542

Coordinates

34.1844444 N
83.9905556 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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  • WiFi
    Unknown
  • Verizon
    Available
  • AT&T
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  • T-Mobile
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Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Water Hookups
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • 30 Amp Hookups

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12 Reviews

C
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2022

Campsite #40

Overall a beautiful spot. A quiet spot with not a lot of boat traffic when I went. The lake is not immediately deep right here so you can wade out a bit. This particular campsite though doesn’t have a sloped walk in point to the water. No one was staying next to our site so we just used the access area at the site next door. This site is also at the bottom of a slight hill, it is paved which makes for easy access though

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Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Claire M., July 6, 2022
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Claire M., July 6, 2022
  • walk in spot at the campsite 41
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Elizabeth W.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2022

Not bad for Lake Lanier

This is not my favorite lake in GA, but the campground was nice. Sites are spread apart, bathrooms were clean. Our site didn’t have the best water access, but a good view.

Site49
Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Elizabeth W., February 18, 2022
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Elizabeth W., February 18, 2022
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Elizabeth W., February 18, 2022
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Grayson C.
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2021

Beautiful lake front spot

Amazing lake front views. Great for paddle boarding/kayaking.

We stayed here 2 nights and loved it. Park has bathrooms, showers, and laundry. The site has lovely views, hookups, grill, fire pit, and picnic table.

Site36
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Grayson C., October 6, 2021
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Grayson C., October 6, 2021
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Grayson C., October 6, 2021
Cristina G.
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2021

Holy smokes this site was excellent

Had a great stay at Van Pugh South in site 35. The site was located on the lake with gorgeous views. The pad itself was mostly concrete and had a slight tilt towards the waters edge but nothing too bad that couldn’t be fixed with a minor adjustment. We chose not to bother.

The camp sites are located along small islands jutting out into Lake Lanier. Plenty of shade, picnic table, fire ring. The pad itself is elevated above the waters edge. The site had water and 30amp electric but no sewer. The views of the sunset were spectacular. Fairly private sites.

The campground had a nice shower house and coin laundry. All in all the campground was spotless. I would definitely come back and stay several days. I only wish their season was longer.

Site35
Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Cristina G., September 3, 2021
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Cristina G., September 3, 2021
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Cristina G., September 3, 2021
J B.
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2021

Nice secluded site on the lake

The site we stayed at was a tent site with no power or water. But it was a large site and right on the water. We were able to swim all weekend.

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Month of VisitJuly
Jeff B.
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2020

Shady sites on Lake Lanier

Some of the sites are quite a way from the water. I'm at site #3 and the lake is down a fairly steep hill. You must have a short travel trailer to stay at this site. Mine is only 17 feet and between it and my truck they take up the entire space. The picnic table and fire ring are down a curvy sidewalk below the camper. There is water and electric hookups but no sewer. The park does have a dump station. Not too bad for a cheap stay.

  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Jeff B., June 30, 2020
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Jeff B., June 30, 2020
R
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2019

Mean camp hosts

I'll just say I'm renaming this place nazi camp. Spoiler alert! Foul language to follow

Nice sites, must make reservation at recreation. Gov. 16 for lakeside no elec/no water.... And no love.... It all appears clean, but don't look too close.

Not sure what the hosts/commodants do all day, but drive thru every couple of hours to make sure no one is breaking the rules. If you are breaking the rules, your in trouble, and there gonna tell you about it.

In my whole life I never wanted to tell someone to fuck off more. Completes dicks! I don't know their names, but if their there you'll know exactly who I'm talking about.

Maethea R.
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2018

No amenities but on the lake

There aren’t any amenities at this campground such as beach area on lake, walking trails, or any kayak rentals. However, our spot was right on the lake and was beautiful and peaceful. We went swimming and watched a sunset. We woke to a sunrise on the other side. Our campsite was positioned weird, but ended up being a big space.

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Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Maethea R., September 13, 2018
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Maethea R., September 13, 2018
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Maethea R., September 13, 2018
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E
Reviewed May. 7, 2018

Awesome views & lake access

This campground is awesome! Tent sites & RV sites are equally amazing. Almost all sites are directly waterfront on Lake Lanier with killer views and some even have their own little private beaches. The bathhouses are a little out-of-date but most importantly they were always kept clean. Dog friendly as well! Love this place

Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Emily S., May 7, 2018
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Emily S., May 7, 2018
Dana P.
Reviewed May. 6, 2018

Nice but Noisy

Enjoyed tent camping. Nicely maintained facility, but partiers (or a bar?) across the way on the lake played loud music both nights I was there.

Site46
Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Dana P., May 6, 2018
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Dana P., May 6, 2018
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Dana P., May 6, 2018
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B
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2018

Room with a view

This park has some of the best views. You will get clear views of the lake in early spring and late fall. Most of the sites have a view of the lake. Family and I are in love with this place!

Site24
Month of VisitMay
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Bryan P., April 7, 2018
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Bryan P., April 7, 2018
  • Review photo of Van Pugh South Campground by Bryan P., April 7, 2018
Alex K.
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2017

Great For Families

Nice little park. Good to take kids on a summer day or hang a hammock and do some reading.

Month of VisitJuly

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Van Pugh South Campground have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Van Pugh South Campground has 30 amp electric hookups and water hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at Van Pugh South Campground?

Van Pugh South Campground allows vehicles up to 26 feet.

Are fires allowed at Van Pugh South Campground?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Van Pugh South Campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Van Pugh South Campground have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Van Pugh South Campground does not have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Van Pugh South Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is available, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is available.