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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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...
Christmas Tree Recycling Drop-off at Thurmond Lake
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Forest, Fish, and Wildlife Section at the J. Strom Thurmond Lake Project will accept real Christmas Trees for recycling as fish habitat, December 19,...
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 declared the first drought level Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022, in response to the pool elevation at J...
Seasonal Closures at J. Strom Thurmond Lake Recreation Area
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Certain recreation sites operated by the US Army Corp of Engineers at the J. Strom Thurmond Lake will close or partially close for the season between Sept. 6 and Oct. 2...
Thurmond Lake officials seek volunteers for National Public Lands Day 2022
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District, seeks individual and group volunteers for the annual J. Strom Thurmond Lake cleanup campaign on National Public Lands Day, Sept...

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

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