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J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' J. Strom Thurmond Lake is a man-made lake bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Broad, and Little Rivers. The lake is created by the Thurmond Dam, located on the Savannah River 22 miles above Augusta, Ga., and 239.5 miles above the mouth of the Savannah River. The lake extends 39.4 miles up the Savannah River, 29 miles up the Little River, and 6.5 miles up the Broad River in Georgia, and 17 miles up the Little River in South Carolina. At full pool elevation, Thurmond Lake comprises nearly 71,100 acres of water and 1,200 miles of shoreline. The Thurmond Project was designed for flood control, hydropower, fish and wildlife, water quality, water supply, downstream navigation and recreation. It's one of the top 10 most-visited Corps lakes in the nation!

ATTENTION:  The phone system for the  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers offices at  J. Strom Thurmond Project is only partially operational.  The 1-800 automated number and personnel voicemails are not operational at this time.  We anticipated at least 2 weeks until repairs will be complete.

Customers are still able to dial direct extensions but not leave messages. 

Please use the following direct extensions for services:

Recreation and general information: 864-333-1147

Lake level, power generation information: 864-333-1165

Shoreline use permits: 864-333-1134

If you are calling for campground or shelter reservations, please call the National Recreation Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or

Thurmond Visitor Center is open 8am to 4:30pm every day except Dec 23-25 and Dec 30-Jan 1.

We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to have the phone issues resolved soon.

J. Strom Thurmond Dam

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Thurmond News

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Herbicide treatments to begin at Thurmond Lake to kill invasive hydrilla

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will apply herbicide to approximately 205 acres of hydrilla in the J. Strom Thurmond Lake beginning Sept. 6 weather permitting. The chemical application follows plans approved as part of management strategies identified in the April 2016 Avian Vacuolar Myelinopathy (AVM) Plan for the lake project. [Read More]
Published: Aug-29-17

Primitive weapon deer hunts return to Thurmond this autumn

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Muzzleloader and archery hunters can participate in primitive weapon deer hunts at Bussey Point Management Area located in Lincoln County, Georgia, this autumn. [Read More]
Published: Aug-09-17

National Public Lands Day cleanup date set; Corps of Engineers seeks volunteers

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks volunteers for the annual Thurmond Lake cleanup campaign on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 30, 2017. Scouting groups, civic organizations, sports clubs, church groups, businesses, families and individuals can participate. [Read More]
Published: Aug-01-17

Grass carp, herbicides to treat deadly threat to Thurmond bald eagles

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Integrated biological and chemical treatments to diminish the prevalence of hydrilla, an invasive waterweed and menace to the bald eagle population at J. Strom Thurmond Lake, awaits congressional approval, according to a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report. [Read More]
Published: Jan-23-17

Route to the drought

A look back at 2016 provides insight into how the Savannah River Basin reached Drought Level 2 and [Read More]
Published: Dec-14-16

Army Corps reservoirs in upper Savannah River basin enter Drought Level 2

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The three reservoirs operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the upper Savannah River entered Drought Level 2 as of 6 a.m. Sept. 19, when the level of the J. Strom Thurmond Lake dipped to 323.97 feet above mean sea level (ft-msl). When one of the reservoirs enters a drought level the other two also enter that drought level. [Read More]
Published: Sep-21-16

Corps seeks public comments on J. Strom Thurmond Project Shoreline Management Plan update and Draft EA

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Officials with the J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake Project in the Savannah River basin seek comments from the public as they update the Shoreline Management Plan for the reservoir and its adjoining lands. [Read More]
Published: Sep-15-16
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J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake
510 Clarks Hill Highway
Clarks Hill, SC 29821

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