Duckett Mill COE Campground in Gainesville GA

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  1. TwoEngineersGoCamping

    TwoEngineersGoCamping Member

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    Sep 12, 2015
    We just got back from a week at Duckett Mill starting the Friday before Memorial Day and staying 8 days. It was a great vacation and we thought we'd share what we experienced. The lake views are great and Lake Lanier is pretty active on the weekend and quiet during the week.

    - All the sites are smoothly paved and level. All are waterfront on Lake Lanier, but most have trees right up to the shoreline. It was nice having so many trees for dappled shade and when a storm came through later. Most sites had steep erosion down to the shoreline, but you can get down there if you are somewhat nimble.
    - Lots of sites support anchoring a boat in front of (or near) your campsite. We had a hard time finding boat and SUP rentals nearby, but they are available at Fish Tales Watersports about 40 minutes away, near Flowery Branch.
    - There is a campground swimming beach that goes up to 6 feet depth. The ground has a lot of moss, so beach shoes are useful.
    - The bath house is fairly far from some sites. Bikes and headlamps are almost necessary for going back and forth from some of the sites if you have a pop-up with no commode. Bike riding is not all flat, but the hills are moderate and fairly short. As for the showers, there is a bench in one but not in the other, so bring S hooks to hang your bag and toiletries in the shower.
    - There is no ice machine on site, closest one is about 15 minutes away on Hwy 53 at G&W car wash. $1 for 10 lbs, $2 for 20 lbs. The closest grocery is Publix, about 20 minutes towards Gainesville on 53. Bait is about 5 minutes away where Duckett Mill Road connects to 53.
    - I didn't see firewood for sale or laundry on-site. The closest source for firewood was the BP on Hwy 53.
    - Lake Lanier Islands is about 30 minutes away. It's a great way to entertain the family. The water park is great and they have a popular Full Moon party at adjacent Sunset Cove on the weekends of the full moon throughout summer.
    - Another good day trip is Dahlonega, about 30 minutes away. It has a downtown square with several antique shops, an Old West general store with a player piano, a Gold Rush Museum, lots of boutiques and jewelry, and a great ice cream shop.
    - The Premium outlet mall is on the way to Dahlonega, about 20 minutes away. This will easily entertain you for a day.
    - My boys caught 20 catfish (7-12 lbs) using brim as bait on the fishing jetty in the campground.

    Hope that helps somebody get the lay of the land. We definitely recommend checking it out!

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