Buford Dam

Aerial photo of dam looking at the downstream face of the dam with Lake Lanier in background
Buford Dame with its powerhouse and Lake Lanier in the background.


Quick Facts
U.S Army Corps of Engineers

Scenic View/Photo Spot

Buford Dam, which forms Lake Sidney Lanier, marks the start of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area with the Bowmans Island Unit. The dam was completed in 1956,and is maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Buford Dam provides 250 million kwh of hydroelectric power annually to the surrounding Atlanta area. The cold water released from the base of the dam provides an ideal habitat for trout, thus becoming a favorite spot among trout fishermen. Remain vigilant of dam releases, as waters can rise rapidly!

Buford Dam river flow conditions

Lake Lanier water levels

Buford Dam release schedule - or call 770-945-1466, or toll free 1-855-DAM-FLOW (1-855-326-3569)

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Last updated: January 16, 2024