J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake

Recreation Areas - Swimming


The following campgrounds and recreation areas at Thurmond Lake have Designated Swimming Areas:

South Carolina

Clark Hill Park Recreation Area            

Hickory Knob State Park

Parksville Recreation Area


 Amity Recreation Area

Big Hart Recreation Area

Eddie Fletcher Memorial Park

Elijah Clark State Park

Gill Point Recreation Area

Lake Springs Recreation Area

Mistletoe State Park

Petersburg Campground

Ridge Road Campground

West Dam Recreation Area            

Winfield Campground


Who can resist a swim in the lake on a hot summer afternoon? Enjoy your swim but please remember:

  • Never swim under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Learn to swim – it’s never too late.
  • Never dive into a lake or river.
  • Swim with a buddy – never swim alone.
  • Wear your life jacket when swimming if you are a non-swimmer. Better yet, wear your life jacket regardless of your swimming abilities.
  • Coves are always farther than they appear! Don’t overestimate your swimming ability.
  • Swim in designated swim areas.
  • Be aware that water levels fluctuate.
  • Don’t rely on inflatable rafts, toys, and armbands. They can deflate in seconds and leave you or your child stranded.
  • Parents: There is no substitute for your close attention – don’t rely solely on a life jacket or swimming lessons for your child’s protection. Watch your children closely!
  • Swimming off a boat? Always wear your life jacket and swim in an area away from other boats.
  • Don’t swim in cold water. Warm air temperatures don’t necessarily mean warm water temperatures.

These safety tips seem so simple and obvious yet swimming related drownings occur each year at Thurmond Lake. Don’t let yourself, friends, or family members suffer a needless tragedy. Following the above safety tips and make every visit to the lake a safe one!

Other Links

  • Savannah District Water Safety page:

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Water Safety page: