Corps of Engineers to reopen primitive campgrounds at Thurmond Lake

USACE, Savannah District
Published June 18, 2020

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Primitive campgrounds Bussey Point and LeRoys Ferry are set to reopen on June 19 at J. Strom Thurmond Lake. All reservations and payments must now be made through The camping fee remains $10 per night.

Both campgrounds have primitive sites with no water or electric hookups. A hand-pump for well water is available at each campground, as well as vaulted pit toilets.

  • Campers must make all reservations through the website, or by calling the reservation line at 877-833-6777. Cash collection will no longer be accepted on-site.
  • Visitors should have a copy of their reservation available (printed or digital). 
  • Water is not available in the restrooms. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own hand sanitizer.
  • Visitors must follow social distancing guidance established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state or local limits.
  • Congregating in groups of more than 10 will not be allowed.
  • Campsite occupancy is limited to 10 per campsite.
  • Only registered campers will be allowed in the campgrounds.

Currently at Thurmond Lake, all campgrounds operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, all boat ramps that are not immediately adjacent to beaches, and all other access points, remain open.

Lake Springs Recreation Area, Clarks Hill Park, West Dam Recreation Area and Parksville Recreation Area remain completely closed. These areas contain some combination of boat ramps, beaches, and group shelters. Reopening of these areas will depend on COVID-19 trends for the counties around the lake.

Beaches, playgrounds and group shelters remain closed in open recreation areas.

Amity and Gill Point Recreation areas have day-use facilities closed, but the boat ramps remain open.

The public can monitor the J. Strom Thurmond Lake website for changes to the status of recreation areas:

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Release no. 20-015