J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake


At Thurmond Lake, one of our most popular outdoor recreation activities is camping. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages 13 campgrounds at Thurmond Lake with a total of 554 campsites.

Many of these campgrounds feature amenities such as restrooms, showers, boat ramps, sanitary disposal stations, playgrounds, electric and water hook-ups, courtesy docks, group camping, and designated swimming areas. Eleven of the campgrounds feature contract park attendants who register incoming campers, provide information, and ensure the campground is operated to provide the safest, most enjoyable experience for all visitors.

One Corps managed Group Camp is available at Thurmond Lake – Big Hart. Group Camps allow clubs, families, and friends to camp together in a common area for a reasonable fee.

Broad River, Clay Hill and Hester's Ferry campgrounds are now operated under lease to Lincoln County, GA.   For reservations and additonal information on these campgrounds click here:

Raysville and Big Hart Campground are now operated under lease to McDuffie County, GA. For reservations and additional information on this campground click here:

Hester's Bottoms Campground(formerly Mt. Carmel) is now operated by a commercial concessionaire.  For additional information and updates on the campground click here:



For directions, maps, and more information about the campground, click on  the name of the campground, or call 1-800-533-3478

*** Due to COVID-19, the following conditions apply in all Corps campgrounds until further notice:  Restrooms/Shower House Occupancy is limited to 2 individuals.  Water is available in the restrooms; individuals must bring their own soap, hand sanitizer and paper towels.



    Open Year Round

     Sites 28-93 Open March 3, 2023- December 3, 2023


    March 31, 2023 - October 1, 2023



    March 31, 2023 - October 1, 2023    

    Facility is operated currently

    as Hester's Bottoms Campground.   See Above.