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Thompson Creek Park Overview

Thompson Creek Park is a day-use park that is part of the Lake Sidney Lanier parks system. It is located along the shores of Lake Lanier in Forsyth County, Georgia, and offers a variety of outdoor activities and amenities.

Amenities and Activities

  • Boat Ramp: One of the primary features of Thompson Creek Park is its boat ramp, which provides access to Lake Sidney Lanier, a popular spot for boating and fishing.

  • Fishing: The lake is known for excellent fishing opportunities, with a variety of fish species available, including bass, crappie, catfish, and sunfish. Remember to follow Georgia state fishing regulations and obtain a fishing license if necessary.

  • Picnicking: There are picnic areas with tables available for visitors. These spots offer beautiful views of the lake and surrounding landscapes and are great for family outings or group gatherings.

  • Hiking Trails: While Thompson Creek Park is primarily a boat ramp facility, there may be nearby trails as Lake Lanier has a number of walking and hiking trails around its perimeter.

Park Rules and Regulations

  • Hours of Operation: The park typically opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. It’s important to verify the specific hours for the season as they can change throughout the year.

  • Alcohol Policy: Alcohol consumption is commonly prohibited in public parks, including those around Lake Lanier. Always check the local regulations before planning your visit.

  • Pets: Pets are often allowed in park areas but must be kept on a leash. Pet owners are expected to clean up after their pets.

  • Trash: Most parks operate on a "Leave No Trace" principle, meaning visitors must take their trash with them when they leave or use designated trash receptacles.

  • Safety: When engaging in boating or swimming at Lake Lanier, it’s crucial to follow all safety guidelines and wear life jackets when on or near the water.

Access and Directions

To visit Thompson Creek Park, you would need directions to the specific location along Lake Lanier. Since the park might not be as well-marked as larger, more developed parks, checking the most up-to-date map and park information before departure is advisable.

Camping Information

While Thompson Creek Park provides day-use facilities, it does not offer camping amenities. For camping near Lake Lanier, explore other nearby parks and campgrounds that offer tent sites, RV hookups, and other overnight facilities. These may include the following:

  • Sawnee Campground
  • Bald Ridge Creek Campground
  • Old Federal Campground

Always remember to book ahead, especially during peak seasons, as campgrounds can fill up quickly.

Contact Information and Reservations

To get the most current and accurate information, including park closures or maintenance, operational hours, and any fees, contact the Lake Lanier park office or visit the official website if available. For some parks around Lake Sidney Lanier, reservations for facilities may be made through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or through the specific park's reservation system.


Thompson Creek Park is an ideal destination for those looking to enjoy boating and day-use facilities at Lake Sidney Lanier. For camping or more extensive amenities, exploring neighboring parks and campgrounds would be the best approach. Always check for the latest updates and regulations before planning your trip to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

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