J. Strom Thurmond Lake

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J. Strom Thurmond Lake

South Carolina

(800) 533-3478

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This Lake, aministered by the Army Corps of Engineers, has the reputation for being one of the most popular and largest lakes in the southeast. Originally built for flood control, hydropower, and navigation project, the lake now has multiple purposes such as recreation, testing for water quality, water supply, wildlife management. Its high popularity make Thurmond Lake one of the 10 most visited Corps lakes in the nation!

Map of J. Strom Thurmond Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 33.660965, -82.199843



  • Boating

    Speeding across the water on skis behind a powerboat, riding personal watercrafts (PWC) with your friends, or simply sailing silently across the lake... there's nothing like it!

  • Camping

    Most campground amenities include restrooms, showers, boat ramps, sanitary disposal stations, playgrounds, electric and water hook-ups, courtesy docks, group camping, and designated swimming areas.

  • Fishing

    With over 1200 miles of shoreline and 71,100 acres of water, this is a great place to fish for both the experienced and novice fisherman. Here you will find species such as largemouth bass, bream, crappie, catfish, striped bass and hybrid bass.

  • Hiking

    The natural beauty of the area along the shore is still intact and will be apparent to any hiker who explores the trail between Lake Springs Road and Petersburg Campground. This section of the Bartram Trail crosses an abandoned airstrip currently being used as a wildlife food plot.

  • Horseback Riding

    The Bussey Point Horse Trail, is 12.4 miles long and circles the peninsula. Working with partners, the Corps has built 4 campsites near the trail entrance specifically designed for use by campers with horses. The roads and trails throughout the area cover roughly 20 miles and are also open to hikers and mountain bikers.

  • Hunting

    With over 55,000 acres, this is a popular hunting area. Remember that all South Carolina hunting regulations apply to project lands and waters. All hunters must have a working hunting licenses and permits.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic Shelters and Day Use Recreation Area Rentals are available at many U.S. Army Corps of Engineers operated parks on Thurmond Lake. These shelters and day use areas are ideal for family reunions, birthday parties, church picnics, civic group meetings, company picnics, and other group outings. Shelter reservations are only for the exclusive use of the shelter. All park amenities are available to the public.

  • RVing

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages 13 campgrounds at Thurmond Lake with a total of 554 campsites, some with water and electric hookups.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming, boating, fishing, and waterskiing are among the most popular water sports.


Call 864-333-1100 for more information.



Located on the Georgia / South Carolina border, north of Augusta, Georgia. From I-20 Exit 199 Augusta GA, 22 miles North on GA 28 or 104 to Hwy. 221. Follow the signs on Hwy. 221 to the Thurmond Lake Visitor Center.

Phone Numbers


(800) 533-3478