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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!

J. Strom Thurmond Dam

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Petersburg Trailhead improvements to be unveiled Nov. 21

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The Petersburg Trailhead renovations, partially funded by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Handshake funds and seven partner donations, are complete and the area is now open to the public. The grand opening will be held Saturday, Nov. 21 at 1 p.m. at the Petersburg Trailhead located adjacent to Petersburg Campground in Appling, Georgia. Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association’s CSRA Chapter will also conduct their Annual Bike Fest in conjunction with the grand opening. [Read More]
Published: Nov-16-15

Hartwell, Thurmond waive day use fees at recreation areas on Veterans Day

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Day use fees will be waived on recreation areas at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Thurmond and Hartwell lakes for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. [Read More]
Published: Oct-28-15

Fee-Free Day and coupon waives select fees at Corps projects

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District will waive all day use fees for visitors during Fee-Free Day Sept. 26, held in conjunction with National Public Lands Day. NPLD volunteers are additionally eligible to receive a fee-free coupon valid for one year from the issue date. [Read More]
Published: Sep-10-15

Water safety PSAs address rise in drowning fatalities at Thurmond

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Thurmond Project Office participated in two water safety public service announcements aimed to combat the recent drowning fatalities at the district’s reservoirs this year. [Read More]
Published: Sep-09-15

New ‘Every Kid in a Park’ recreational initiative eyes fourth-graders

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District invites fourth-graders and their families to partake in the Every Kid in a Park initiative at Hartwell and Thurmond lakes. The newly launched federal program will provide all fourth-grade students and their families with free admission to Savannah Corps’ recreational areas and more than 2,000 federally managed sites nationwide. [Read More]
Published: Sep-03-15

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 early Sunday morning when pool elevation at J. Strom Thurmond Lake dipped to 325.91 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: Sep-01-15

Volunteers needed for Thurmond Lake cleanup campaign

CLARKS HILL, S.C. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers invites the public to volunteer for the annual Thurmond Lake cleanup campaign, beginning Aug. 27 and concluding on National Public Lands Day, Sept. 26. [Read More]
Published: Aug-21-15
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J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake
510 Clarks Hill Highway
Clarks Hill, SC 29821

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