Lake Strom Thurmond - Clarks Hill
J. Strom Thurmond Dam and
We are very proud of those who were here to dig (View Lake History) the foundations and place the tons of concrete and steel; the power plant operators, electricians, and mechanics who operate and maintain our facility day and night; the rangers who greet visitors to our parks; and the biologists and volunteers who work to protect our habitat and improve our public lands.
We are thrilled that you have allowed us the opportunity to serve you and your recreational needs, and hope that you and your friends and family enjoy your time spent at
During times of heavy rainfall, runoff waters stored in the lake protect thousands of downstream homes, businesses and farmlands from flooding. Thurmond Dam is the primary flood control structure on the
Electricity produced by the Thurmond power plant generators provides pollution-free energy for homes and businesses. When in operation, each generator produces between 52,000 and 57,000 kilowatts of electricity. One generator operating one hour produces enough electricity to power two average homes for an entire year. Since alternating current (AC) electricity cannot be stored,
Water stored in the lake can be released to increase downstream river depths between
Although recreational activities have been ongoing since the dam’s construction, Congress officially recognized recreation as an authorized purpose in 1986. As the largest Corps lake east of the Mississippi River, it is understandable that
The U.S. Corps of Engineers, the State of Georgia, and the State of South Carolina have developed management plans to ensure the protection and enhancement of fish and wildlife at Thurmond Lake.
Fish and Wildlife
Nature and Wildlife
Significant strides in wildlife management have been made, such as the reintroduction of white-tailed deer, wild turkey and
Many species of birds frequent the lake presenting excellent opportunities for bird watching. The many species of birds identified in the area include the bald eagle, osprey, and numerous songbirds. Migrating waterfowl find
Hikers and mountain bikers may want to visit the Bartram Trail near Thurmond Dam. Along the nine-mile trail you can glimpse beautiful lake and woodland scenery, rare wildflowers and a variety of wildlife. The trail winds through several park areas and along the
If you are here just for the day, you might want to take advantage of one of the hundreds of picnic sites
Group shelters are available at several parks. These are perfect for your family reunion, company picnic or birthday party. Call (877) 444-6777 or go online at www.recreation.gov to make reservations for group shelters at Corps of Engineers operated parks.
The lake features 13 Corps campgrounds with more than 500 campsites. In addition, there are numerous county and state campgrounds available. Visit www.recreation.gov to make online reservations for Corps of Engineers operated campgrounds or call (877) 444-6777.
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Yellow perch fishing below Thurmond Dam is also a popular activity. The cool water below the dam is a popular spot for friends to meet and fish. Call (800) 533-348 for the daily water release schedule and lake level.
The goals of J. Strom Thurmond Project fisheries management program are to protect, conserve and restore aquatic ecosystems, to assist partners in improving the quality and quantity of fishing opportunities and to encourage and accommodate public use and appreciation of the project’s fisheries resources.
Major emphasis is placed on maintaining lake conditions favorable for fish spawning and survival. In the spring, lake level fluctuation is minimized during the spawning periods for largemouth bass and crappie. Additionally, fisheries habitat is improved by maintaining 12 deep-water and 14 shallow-water fish attractors, felling trees into the water along the shoreline, and planting flood-tolerant plant species along the shoreline. The Georgia and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources each maintain 10 deep-water fish attractors. On average, the two state agencies stock more than 220,000 striped bass and 610,000 hybrid bass annually.
Whether you are on a houseboat, fishing boat, personal watercraft, sailboat or canoe, there is plenty of room for everyone on this 71,100-acre lake. Launch your boat from one of more than 40 boat ramps around
The lake has five marinas that offer fuel, boat storage, snacks and supplies for your last minute needs. If you don’t have a boat, check with the marinas for rentals.Boaters should be watchful for submerged stumps, logs, rocks, and shallow water.
J. Strom Thurmond Dam and
Approximately 55,000 acres of public land around
Unique to the Southeast is the Bussey Point Management Area. Bussey Point is a 2,545-acre peninsula located at the confluence of the
Swim with others – never alone
Play It Safe
Learn how to swim
Watch children closely at all timesSwim in designated area
Never dive into unknown watersWear a life vest
Stay clear of swimmers and scuba divers
Know state and federal boating laws
Carry the required safety equipment
Don’t drink alcohol when boatingWear a life jacket