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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


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

Primitive weapon deer hunts return to Thurmond this fall

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Muzzleloader and archery hunters are invited to participate in primitive weapon deer hunts at Bussey Point Management Area located in Lincoln County, Georgia, this fall. [Read More]
Published: Sep-06-16

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

Contact Information

J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake
510 Clarks Hill Highway
Clarks Hill, SC 29821

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