Thurmond Lake is a large, deep, clear, beautiful lakethat lies in the
lush valley along the border
between Georgia and South Carolina. Running about 40 miles from
northern tip at the Russell Lake damn down to its entry into the
Savannah River near Augusta, Thurmond Lake is an undiscovered
paradise. The 1,200 mile shoreline of Thurmond Lake runs through forests,
rolling hills and fertile farm land on the Georgia side, while much
of the South Carolina shoreline is bordered by the heavily wooded Sumter National Forest.
Thurmond Lake is actually a reservoir built on the Savannah, Broad and Little Rivers in the mid 1950s by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineersfor
flood control and power
production. It was formerly known as Clarks Hill Lake by Georgians, and is also sometimes (incorrectly) called Lake Thurmond. At approximately 71,000 surface acres it is the largest
such lake east of
the Mississippi River. By comparison, Lake Sydney Lanier (the
other significant man-made lake near Atlanta) is only half the size at
acres. Thurmond Lake is also relatively deep, with an average
depth of 36 feet which provides an excellent environment for wildlife
and fisheries managment ... as well as recreation.
While Thurmond Lake continues to grow in popularity, it remains well
known for its pristine shoreline and wide open water. Recreationon both land and water can be found all around Thurmond
Lake. Sailing, powerboating, and waterskiing offer exhilaration on the
big water channels, while canoeing, kayaking, swimming and fishing are popular in
the more quiet coves. The state record striped bass of 55 lb and
12 ounces came from here in 1993 and anglers from all over the
southeast include Thurmond Lake on their "must fish" list.
There are many recreation areas, state parksandcampgroundsall around the shorelineof
Thurmond Lake that you can enjoy throughout
the year. They offer an unlimited array of land-based recreationincluding hiking, biking, camping ... even hunting and horseback
riding. Many recreation areas offer boat launch facilities, picnic sites as well as sandy beaches with swimming areas.
The Thurmond Lake area is also surrounded by richhistory.
Native American archeological sites dot the perimeter of the shoreline
and there are famous Revolutionary and Civil War sites in the towns and
counties nearby. The city of Washington, Georgia- founded in 1780 - is a few miles from where The Battle of Kettle Creek
took place during the American Revolution in 1779. And, you will
be carried back in time to the mid 19th century as you drive through this
quaint, rural town with hundreds of beautifully restored
antebellum and plantation homes that line the streets. Other
cities and towns like Lincolnton, Thompson, Danburg, Chennault, etc. offer additional historical treasures.
Thurmond Lake is not too far away from modern livingeither. Easily
accessible to interstate highways and state routes, Thurmond Lake is
only two hours from Atlanta, an hour fromAthens(home of the University of Georgia) and less than 30 minutes away from Augusta- Georgia's second largest city. On the South Carolina side, Thurmond Lake is less than a half hour from Aiken and only one hour from the state capital of Columbia.
Wherever your visit may take you, there are a wide variety of excellent
restaurants, fun and functional shopping, wonderful festivals and
community events spread throughout the towns, cities and countryside
all around Thurmond Lake.
The most recent development around Thurmond Lake has been the growth in resort communities and other real estate. In 2003, the Savannah Baycommunity was the first to release property and sold all of their 58 luxury
homesites generating over $10 million during one weekend. Not to
be out done, Stillwater Coves- with 954 acres on the lake near Danburg, GA in November 2005 - sold
all 340 homesites totalling $43 million in real estate to homeowners
and investers primarily from the Atlanta metropolitan area, the
Carolinas and Florida. There are currently 5 or 6 more
resort communitiesplanned for the Georgia side of Thurmond Lake which
are expected to be developed over the coming years.
Additionally, as recently reported by the Augusta Chronicle,
five Georgia counties closest to Thurmond Lake are forming a
partnership to work together to promote the lake as a major force in
the economy of the area. Columbia,Lincoln, McDuffie, Warren and Wilkescounties
will embark on a mission to expand tourism, industry, trade, commerce and
residential development surrounding Thurmond Lake that will lead to
population growth and a reinvigorated local economy.
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