This campground is located inside the Lake Lanier Islands resort area. It is an old rustic campground. The sites are not level and are mostly dirt and gravel. The sites are not very well maintained and most lake views are down a steep incline to get to the lake. The roads are very narrow within the campground and not maintained so there are many potholes and pavement breaks. The sites are very narrow and you may have difficulty with awnings and slides. However, with all the negatives we will be back. The campground host was very nice and met us within a few minutes of us pulling into our site. He was very helpful and was there to answer any of our questions. The full hookup site we were on was very private and we did not have to worry about traffic, boaters, or rude campers. We had a great time visiting the waterpark and hotel. A tip for the waterpark is that you only need to pay for a wristband if you are using the slides. All other areas of the waterpark like big beach and sunset cove is free. You can get in for free to go to the restaurants on the property. The restuarants at the waterpark are very well priced. The ones at the hotel are overpriced. The pool and pool deck at the hotel needed a good cleaning also. All in all we enjoyed our time at Lake Lanier Islands and will be back as long as we can reserve the few sites we liked! If you are a big rig or have multiple slides I would recommend the Shoal Creek campground that is also associated with Lake Lanier Islands. You can not get to it from the main gate but would be worth the extra drive if you need better larger sites.
We go to this campground several times a year and love it. It is a great place for kids to ride bikes, play on the playgrounds, and swim in the lake. Most sites are large, wooded, and have view of the lake. The bath houses are typical for state parks. Clean but not air conditioned and a bit buggy. It is just a few miles to a ton of shopping and dining. I only gave a 8 because of lack of sewer hookup, WiFi, and cable TV. We will continue to go here for years to come.
Pros: Friendly Staff/Owners, great planned kids activities (check website for themes), clean pool/splash playground, clean wash house, train ride, gem mining and mini golf. Cons: Sites are so close together that the sewer cap was next to our picnic table and our awning was only a few feet from our neighbors slide. There was no room for our screened in tent. No Shade. Some sites are for long term renters and they are not required to keep them looking nice. Most long term sites had old Travel Trailers with junk outside (including an old weight bench). Directv is available, however, not on all sites and you are given a converter box to receive the channels. This place caters to locals. Several birthday parties were happening throughout the day and included the use of the facilties/pool. Also other locals were allowed to use the pool for a fee. On a 90 degree day it makes the pool very crowded. Also the pool chairs that were provided were very low quality and only about 10 were available so bring your own. There is no security here and no guard gate. Locals can come and go anytime they want including at night. We made sure to lock everything during the day and night. Overall: This is a decent place to go IF you get a site that doesn't have anyone next to you AND you have younger kids to entertain. I would only stay here for a weekend not a week.