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!

All reservations and payments for Primitive Campgrounds at Bussey Point and LeRoy's Ferry must now be made through Recreation.gov.  The camping fee remains $10 per night.


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J. Strom Thurmond Dam

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Volunteer Opportunity at Army Corps’ Thurmond Lake - Cleanup for National Public Lands Day
AUGUSTA, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, J. Strom Thurmond Lake and Dam Project Office seeks individual and group volunteers for the annual lake cleanup campaign as part of...
Thurmond Lake 2023 primitive deer hunt dates set - first come, first
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, J. Strom Thurmond Project, Forest, Fish, and Wildlife section are now accepting registration for primitive weapons deer hunts in...
Parksville Day Use Area – Sink Hole Repairs Underway
PARKSVILLE, S.C. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, is pleased to announce the J. Strom Thurmond Project's subcontractor has begun repairs to the damaged road at Parksville Day Use...
Corps tests spillway gates at Russell Dam, Thurmond Dam June 13-14
SAVANNAH, GA – U.S Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, dam safety officials are testing the spillway gates at two hydropower dams on the Savannah River this week, and the releases will have...
Recreation Facility and Special Event Permit Fee Increases at Thurmond and Hartwell Lakes
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, announces fee increases for camping and shelter reservations as well as special event permits at the J. Strom Thurmond and Hartwell...

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

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