US Army Corps of Engineers
Savannah District

Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake

Recreation Areas - Swimming

The following recreation areas at Lake Russell have Designated Swimming Areas:

Georgia

Richard B. Russell State Park
South Carolina

Calhoun Falls State Park
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. Water temperatures don’t necessarily mean warm water temperatures.

These safety tips seem so simple and obvious yet swimming related drownings occur each year at Hartwell, Russell, and Thurmond Lakes. 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


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