The state Department of Natural Resources is preparing to build its first park at Lake Lanier.
DNR officials say the 1,040-acre Don Carter State Park will serve the less-developed northeastern part of Lake Lanier, offering camping, swimming and other outdoor activities.
The department bought most of the property that will become Don Carter State Park about 15 years ago. Last year Gov. Sonny Perdue included $14 million to design and build the park in a $1.2 billion bond package.
DNR spokeswoman Kim Hatcher says income from about 20 cottages should eventually help the park make a small profit.
The Army Corps of Engineers oversees the lake and operates 46 recreational facilities, including boat docks and camping and picnic sites.