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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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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

Thurmond implements fee structure changes

Thurmond Lake has made some changes to user fees and park access that you should know about! On January 1st, the cost for a USACE annual day use pass increased to $40, which permits the holder and accompanying passengers to day use facilities and boat ramps managed by USACE for one calendar year. [Read More]
Published: Mar-01-16

New USACE water safety campaign targets adult men

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Every year thousands of people in the United States mourn the loss of loved ones who could have survived if they had been wearing a life jacket while spending time on or near our nation’s waters. To heighten awareness for the use of life jackets, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) recently launched a new water safety campaign titled “Life Jackets Worn … Nobody Mourns.” The campaign targets adult men as the higher-risk demographic. The effort was developed by USACE, in cooperation with the Corps of Engineers Natural Resources and Education Foundation, a non-profit foundation established to support USACE natural resources and recreation programs. [Read More]
Published: Feb-24-16

Adjustments to Corps recreation fee structure began Jan. 1

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The new year ushers in changes to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Savannah District fee structure for recreation day use at boat launches and swimming beaches managed by USACE. Fees for USACE annual passes to these facilities will also change. [Read More]
Published: Jan-11-16

Savannah River Dams to make controlled spillway releases due to recent rains

Due to recent above-normal rainfall in the upper Savannah River Basin, Savannah District anticipates a need to operate the spillway gates early on the morning of Dec. 31 at the three major dams in the Savannah River system: Hartwell Dam, Richard B. Russell Dam and J. Strom Thurmond Dam. [Read More]
Published: Dec-30-15

Corps of Engineers update shoreline use rules at Hartwell and Thurmond lakes

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Shoreline use rules for Hartwell Lake and Thurmond Lake in northeast Georgia and northwest South Carolina will change effective Jan. 1, 2016, according to Corps of Engineers officials here. [Read More]
Published: Dec-28-15

Thurmond Lake to accept discarded Christmas trees for fish habitat

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, J. Strom Thurmond Office offers an eco-friendly alternative to discarding Christmas trees following the holiday season. The office will accept real – not artificial – trees for recycling from Dec. 21 through Jan. 7. [Read More]
Published: Dec-14-15
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Clarks Hill, SC 29821

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