Lanier campgrounds to close for winter

The Bolding Mill Campground on the Hall County side of Lake Lanier (pictured), and the Sawnee Campground in Forsyth County, will close this fall rather than stay open over the winter. U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS via Facebook

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The Bolding Mill Campground on the Hall County side of Lake Lanier (pictured), and the Sawnee Campground in Forsyth County, will close this fall rather than stay open over the winter. U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS via Facebook

Two popular campgrounds on Lake Lanier – Sawnee and Bolding Mill – will not be open to cold-weather campers the winter of 2018-19, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has announced.

"The campgrounds will close entirely on Nov. 30 and reopen March 1," the Corps, which operates Lake Lanier, said on its Facebook page.

“This is due to multiple factors, including low turnout, high maintenance and a need to give our dump stations time to settle from the heavy use these campgrounds receive,” the Corps said. “While we appreciate the campers who came out to winter camp at Lake Lanier, we can no longer support a winter campground operation at this time.”

The Corps said the two campgrounds have had an average occupancy the last three winters of only 33 percent from December through February, compared with 55 percent in November and March. Also, the Bolding Mill dump station is heavily used through the year and needs time to recover.

Sawnee is in Forsyth County just north of Buford Dam, and Bolding Mill is in Hall County. Information: https://bit.ly/2d32DR5