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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!

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Upper Savannah reservoirs enter Drought Level 1

SAVANNAH, Ga. –The three reservoirs on the Savannah River operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered the first drought level today when pool elevation at Thurmond Lake dipped below 326 feet above mean sea level (ft-msl). Entering Trigger Level 1 activates the Corps’ drought management plan which limits the discharge rate from the Thurmond Dam. [Read More]
Published: Jul-25-16

Cleanup for a cause on National Public Lands Day

CLARKS HILL, S.C. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to volunteer for the annual Thurmond Lake cleanup campaign on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 24, 2016. [Read More]
Published: Jul-22-16

“Show your badge, get in free” campaign recognizes police officers

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The J. Strom Thurmond Project recognizes the brave efforts of law enforcement officials with a “Show your badge, get in free” campaign which grants off-duty police officers and their family free entry to day use parks. The campaign concludes Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 5. [Read More]
Published: Jul-22-16

Campground advocate drives effort to reopen Leroy’s Ferry Campground

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The efforts of a single volunteer have helped Thurmond Lake officials reopen Leroy’s Ferry Campground, a primitive Corps-operated campground located near Willington, South Carolina, after closing for nearly two and a half years due to recreation budget limitations. The campsite reopened to the public on July 1, 2016. [Read More]
Published: Jul-18-16

Free boater safety inspections offered at Thurmond Lake July 4

CLARKS HILL, S.C. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will partner to provide boaters safety inspections at Scotts Ferry boat ramp located on Thurmond Lake Monday, July 4 from 8 a.m. until noon. [Read More]
Published: Jun-30-16

Thurmond Lake offers free entry for two outdoor recreation events

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Two nationally recognized days for outdoor play will be celebrated at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Thurmond Lake Office May 21 for Kids to Parks Day and June 11 for Get Outdoors Day. [Read More]
Published: May-23-16

Corps seeks public comments on hydrilla management plan to reduce bald eagle deaths at J. Strom Thurmond Lake

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Wildlife managers have a plan to decrease the number of bald eagle deaths related to the invasive plant hydrilla growing in Thurmond Lake through the use of grass-eating carp and herbicide. [Read More]
Published: May-02-16
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J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake
510 Clarks Hill Highway
Clarks Hill, SC 29821

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