Group picnic shelters reopen at Thurmond and Hartwell lakes

Published July 1, 2020

SAVANNAH, Ga. – Today the US Army Corps of Engineers began accepting new shelter reservations at Thurmond Lake near Augusta, Georgia, and at Hartwell Lake near Hartwell, Georgia, and Anderson, South Carolina. Group shelters are larger, covered picnic areas often used by groups and extended families. The Corps began taking reservations at:

Hartwell Lake: Big Oaks, Singing Pines, Twin Lakes, Twelve Mile, Broyles, Friendship, River Forks, and Elrod Ferry.

Thurmond Lake: Lake Springs, West Dam, Amity, Gill Point, Clarks Hill Park, Below Dam South Carolina, and Parksville.

Visitors can make reservations by visiting the website.

Some COVID-19 restrictions still apply.

  • Maximum group size for use of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) group picnic shelters cannot exceed 50 individuals.
  • Individuals sick with COVID-19, who think they might have been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing flu-like symptoms, should not come to any USACE recreation area. Latest CDC Symptoms Link .
  • Visitors must follow social distancing guidance established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Individuals should bring their own soap, hand sanitizer, and paper towels. Water is available in the restrooms.

Additional information on COVID-19, symptoms, social distancing, and how to protect yourself is available at the CDC website at:

Visitor centers and the Operations Project Manager’s Office at Hartwell Lake, Richard B. Russell Lake, and J. Strom Thurmond Lake remain closed to the public.

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Billy Birdwell, Senior Public Affairs Specialist
912-677-6039 (cell)

Release no. 20-018