Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake

Welcome to Richard B. Russell Lake and Dam Project, the most recent multi-purpose water resource development built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District. Due to Federal Laws that prohibit private exclusive use of public lands surrounding the lake, the area remains strikingly beautiful and picturesque. Many visitors express their appreciation with the Corps for maintaining the aesthetic qualities of the lake and shoreline - a unique experience for most outdoor enthusiasts in the area. With its undeveloped shorelines, Russell Lake provides an outdoor experience that goes beyond just fishing - visitors enjoy the beautiful scenery as well as the abundant wildlife.

Please stop by our Visitor Center located in the Operations Manager's Office approximately 4 miles south of Georgia State Highway 72 just off the Bobby Brown State Park Road. Here you can receive local information and purchase Annual Parking Passes. We also have a variety of brochures and pamphlets that will assist you during your visit to the Richard B. Russell Lake and Dam Project.

Visitor Center and office hours are 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Visitor Center will close on weekends for the winter beginning the first Saturday in October and reopen the third Saturday in March. Summer weekend hours are 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. 

Our Project Office visitor Center is not currently selling Corps Annual, or America the Beautiful Passes. If you wish to purchase a pass in person you may do so at The Hartwell Lake Office, and J. Strom Thurman Lake Office.  America the Beautiful Passes are also available to purchase online at Recreational Passes | USGS Store. We apologize for the inconvenience.







News & Events

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ELBERTON, Ga. – Richard B. Russell Lake is celebrating National Public Lands Day by holding a lake wide clean-up event on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2023.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Richard B. Russell Project Office, is hosting the 33nd Annual Kid’s Fishing Derby on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at freshly stocked Calhoun Falls Bank Fishing area, located on Hwy. 72 in Calhoun Falls, SC.


Contact Information

Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake Office
4144 Russell Dam Drive
Elberton, GA 30635-9271

Phone Numbers
706-213-3400 or toll free at