Lake Lanier Olympic Park
Known as Atlanta’s Hamptons, the Lake Lanier area is an upscale community on the rise forty five minutes northeast of downtown Atlanta. With its location between the big city and the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountain range, Lake Lanier also offers easy access to Appalachian culture and attractions.
On the eastern shoreline of Lake Lanier in Hall County, there are 10 full service marinas with year round access to multiple watersports. The crown jewel of Lake Lanier’s watersport venues is Lake Lanier Olympic Park (LLOP), a world-class sporting and special events facility. Over the past 19 years, the LLOP has hosted prestigious international sporting, civic, social and corporate events, including the 1996 Olympic Games.
Lake Lanier will kick off the 20th anniversary of its Olympic Legacy May 19-22, 2016, when the community plays host to the Pan-American Championships for sprint kayak. This event is the last Continental Olympic Qualifier before The Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, bringing together athletes from North, South and Central America for four days of competition.
Lake Lanier Olympic Park boasts one of the best competition venues for flatwater sports world-wide. Hosting world-class competitions as well as local and national athletes and teams, this venue and its ideal racing course with a naturally-flowing straightaway of over 3,000 meters is a highly desirable location for high performance training. The facility also provides recreational opportunities for the region and is a destination point for sports enthusiasts including paddle boarding, fishing, swimming and other watersports. The boathouse and arena are also available to rent for weddings, festivals, team-building activities, corporate meetings and events.
The natural beauty surrounding Lake Lanier Olympic Park is unmatched by similar centers in the country and serves as a keystone in the community’s recreational offerings.
Beyond experiencing the thrill of the Pan American Championships, spectators in the area can also enjoy the attractions, shopping and dining this world-class destination has to offer. As the most visited US Army Corps of Engineers lake in the world, Lake Lanier is a natural choice for beaches, boating and other water-based recreational pursuits. The surrounding area, with its Southern and Appalachian heritage, boasts a rich and diverse blend of museums, attractions and annual events that help round out the destination as a year round choice for travelers. Enjoy zip lines and canopy tours, equestrian trails, hiking and biking while taking in the areas’ farm markets and main street shops. Lanier Islands Resort is the primary lodging destination with hotel, villa, lake house and camping accommodations. Here you’ll find a white sand beach, water park with slides and wave pool, a wide variety of dining and entertainment options, as well as many special events held year-round.
Fast Facts and Trivia
The Lake Lanier Olympic Park is known for hosting prestigious events, including:
1996: Centennial Olympic Games
1997: National Canoe/Kayak Championships
2003: Senior World Canoe/Kayak Championships
2010: National Rowing Championships
2011: National Canoe/Kayak/Rowing Championships
2014: National Canoe/Kayak/Rowing Championships
2015: National Rowing Championships
2016: Pan-American Championships
2018: Dragon Boat World Championships
Lake Lanier Olympic Park will celebrates its 20th anniversary of its Olympic Legacy in 2016.
The Park will host the Pan-American Championships for sprint kayak on May 19-22, 2016. This event is free for spectators and the last Continental Olympic Qualifier before The Olympics in Rio, bringing together athletes from North, South and Central America for four days of competition.
The Lake Lanier community is located about 45 minutes north of Atlanta, with convenient access to both the city and the Blue Ridge mountain range.
On the eastern shoreline of Lake Lanier in Hall County, there are 10 full service marinas with year-round access to multiple watersports.
Lake Lanier Olympic Park is open to the public and offers opportunities to participate in paddle boarding, fishing, swimming and other watersports.
The Park’s boathouse and arena are also available to the general public to rent for weddings, festivals, team-building activities, corporate meetings and events.
Lake Lanier is the most visited US Army Corps of Engineers lake in the world.