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Lake Clarks Hill/Thurmond Details

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Augusta Flood

In the 1908 there was a catastropic flood in the Augusta, Georgia when the Savannah River overflowed its banks. To avoid the repetition of such an event in the future, it was decided that a dam must be built. After many years of study and planning, in 1944 construction was authorized by Congress of what was to become known as the "Clarks Hill Dam". It was completed in 1954 and ...


August No Dam

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Clark Hill Dam 1954

In 1988, Congress renamed the lake and dam in honor of South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond. The state of Georgia, however, still "officially" refers to both the lake and the dam by its original name "Clarks Hill".


The dam cost $79 million in 1950's dollars to build.

The J. Strom Thurmond lake covers 71,000 acres of water, 80,000 acres of land, and encompasses 1,200 miles of shoreline.

79,900 acres of public land surrounds the lake.

The lake is located in two states, Georgia and South Carolina.

It is the largest Corps of Engineers lake, and 2nd largest man made lake, east of the Missippi River.

The lake is managed by the Savannah District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

There are five marinas on the lake, and 50 boat launching ramps ( 33 of which are operated by the Corps of Engineers).

The lake is one of the 10 most visited Corps lakes in the Nation.Thurmond Corps of Engineers Map


Click on this image to see the U.S. Corps of Engineers map of Lake Clarks Hill/Thurmond (This is an off site link; use your browsers back button to return to this page.)--------->

(Source of information US Army Corps of Engineers)

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