Temporary Closure: West Dam Recreation Area, Bartram Trail at West Dam on Thurmond

USACE, Savannah District
Published Aug. 28, 2023

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The U.S Army Corps of Engineers, at the J. Strom Thurmond Lake has closed access to West Dam Recreation Area and the Bartram Trail at West Dam effective immediately, Aug. 25th, 2023, due to a main water line leak.

The cause has not been determined, and an estimated date for the park to reopen is unknown at this time. Updates will be released as they become available.

Current shelter reservations will be refunded or moved upon request and availability. A temporary hold will be placed on making new reservations.

The closest Corps’ operated day-use area to West Dam is Clarks Hill Park, which is 2.8 miles away.

For more information, contact the J. Strom Thurmond Project Office at 800-533-3478, or 864-333-1100.


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Cheri Pritchard, Senior Public Affairs Specialist
912-677-6039 (cell)

Release no. 23-020