Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake

Recreation Areas - Programs and Tours

Lake RussellEducational Programs

The following programs are offered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lake Russell Office as part of our ongoing effort to improve understanding and increase awareness relative to the many aspects of Lake Russell. Programs are presented by park rangers at the Lake Russell Office auditorium or off-site at your meeting or school location. To request one of the programs below or to discuss designing a program to match your curriculum or needs, call the Visitor’s Center Office at          (706) 213-3400 or toll free at 1-800-944-7207.
Powerplant Tours:

Powerplant tours are suspended until further notice. However, special power plant tours can be scheduled for groups of 10 or more by calling the Visitor’s Center Office at (706) 213-3400 or 1-800-944-7207.
Water Safety Programs:

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is dedicated to water safety. Sadly, each year there are a number of drownings or other non-fatal injuries that happen on our lakes. In order to make the community more aware and prepared for their time on the water, we are reaching out to provide water safety programs to those who have been actively using U.S. Army Corps of Engineers facilities.

Our ranger-led water safety programs are free of charge and can be tailored to meet your specific needs. You can request that a program be presented during club or community meetings at your location within the Lake Russell area, or at the Lake Russell Office auditorium when you arrive. Programs can be presented to adults or children. All programs will require some coordination, so be sure to contact us well in advance of the date you prefer.
  • Basic Water Safety – Ranger led discussion/demonstration of the potential dangers found in and around the water and how to prepare for them
  • Mini-boat Program – The Boating and Safety Course is to provide an introduction and awareness of basic boating and water safety. The program provides children with demonstrations and information regarding Personal Flotation Devices (PFD’s), rescue assist techniques, knot tying and mooring, fire extinguisher and regulations and Aids to Navigation. The instructor has the choice of teaching all five stations or a selected few. The decision is based on the group size, interest, skill level, age, and availability of time.
  • Safe Boating Demonstration – A basic boating safety demonstration geared to your group’s age. Could also be presented by the Georgia or South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Special Interest Topics
  • Lewis and Clark – A variety of Lewis and Clark topics can be discussed as they relate to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers – Who are we? – Ranger led discussion/demonstration/activities about the history of the Corps of Engineers and the Richard B. Russell Project.
  • Animal Programs – A variety of programs focusing on animals found in this area
  • Nature Programs – A variety of programs focusing on the water cycle and other environmental topics
  • Special Topic Programs – Do you have a special topic or concern not listed above? Or, perhaps would like someone to give a quick update on recent improvements or changes at Lake Russell at your next club meeting – just let us know. We would be glad to develop other interpretive programs that support your program needs as long as those programs are complementary to the authorized purposes of the Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake or the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Our authorized purposes can be tied to many different subjects. So please feel free to contact us so that we can jointly develop any new programs to meet your goals and to inform your community about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.