|J. Strom Thurmond Lake
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completed the J. Strom Thurmond Dam -- also known as Clarks Hill Dam -- in 1954. This dam is located on the Savannah River between the Georgia and South Carolina borders above Augusta, Georgia, and creates the J. Strom Thurmond Lake. This lake represents the third and southernmost reservoir on the Savannah River, downstream from Lake Hartwell and Lake Russell. The lake also is known as Clarks Hill Lake after a local South Carolina town.
Since the lake has a depth of up to 110 feet, many divers use this lake. One attraction on the South Carolina side of the dam is a Cessna two-seat airplane submerged in 35 feet of water. The plane was placed here for training, and is in good condition.
As of 2012, a reciprocal freshwater fishing agreement between Georgia and South Carolina’s allows anglers to fish on the border waters of the Savannah River System from the North Carolina border down to the mouth of the Savannah River with a valid fishing license from either state. Those border waters include J. Strom Thurmond Lake.
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Fishing piers are located at five campgrounds and parks, and over thirty Army Corps of Engineers boat ramps are located at campgrounds or recreation areas. Some ramps may close for fall and winter seasons, so be sure to check with the Corps of Engineer pages to learn about those closings. One marina is located in South Carolina near McCormick.
The Corps manages ten Class-A campgrounds, five day-use areas, and many other recreational facilities located on 80,000 acres of land that surround this lake. Visitors also can take advantage of camping areas at six state parks and at several city and county recreation areas. Baker Creek State Park, which is on the South Carolina side of the lake, is open annually from March 1 until September 30.
Abbeville County, South Carolina, offers accommodations at the northern end of the lake, but many more lodging possibilities can be found in McCormick County and in Augusta, Georgia. Augusta sits at the south end of the lake along the Savannah River.
Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.
J. Strom Thurmond Lake is located across McCormick and Abbeville Counties in South Carolina and Lincoln and Columbia Counties in Georgia. Located about halfway between Atlanta, Georgia, and Columbia, South Carolina along I-20, this lake offers an easy way for many visitors in this area to gain access to recreation, camping, fishing, and hunting. Augusta, Georgia offers nearby lodging south of the lake at I-20, as well as a regional airport that supports several major airlines.
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