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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!

Primitive Campgrounds at Bussey Point and LeRoy's Ferry will reopen June 19 at  J. Strom Thurmond Lake .  All reservations and payments must now be made through  Recreation.gov.  The camping fee remains $10 per night.

All Thurmond Lake Day Use Areas reopened to the public on June 24, 2020.

 

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Thurmond News

Group picnic shelters reopen at Thurmond and Hartwell lakes
7/1/2020
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Today the US Army Corps of Engineers began accepting new shelter reservations at Thurmond Lake near Augusta, Georgia, and at Hartwell Lake near Hartwell, Georgia, and Anderson, South...
Corps of Engineers to reopen day use areas at Hartwell, Thurmond and Russell
6/24/2020
Most day use areas and facilities operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers along the Savannah River reopened June 24, 2020. Beaches in open day use and campground areas also opened June 24, 2020...
Thurmond Lake to close six fish cleaning stations
1/10/2020
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S Army Corps of Engineers, at the J. Strom Thurmond Lake will close six of its eight fish cleaning stations due to budgetary constraints, as well as increased costs to operate...
Thurmond Lake to recycle used Christmas trees
12/20/2019
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers at the J. Strom Thurmond Project will accept real Christmas trees for recycling Dec. 20 through Jan. 8, 2020. Artificial trees will not be accepted...
Thurmond Lake to resume full camping services in 2020; McDuffie County to lease and operate Big Hart campground
12/16/2019
SAVANNAH, Ga. – McDuffie County, Georgia, has agreed to lease the Big Hart Campground on Thurmond Lake from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and operate it as a county park, the Corps announced this...

Contact Information

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

Phone Numbers
864-333-1100
or toll free at
1-800-533-3478

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