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Strom Thurmond Lake in Georgia: A manmade, recreation capital

J. Strom Thurmond Lake happens to be the largest Corps of Engineers Lake that is east of the Mississippi. Located in a reservoir between the South Carolina and Georgia border, it was created back in 1951 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. It also happens to be the second largest artificial lakes located on the east side of the Mississippi River, while being one of southeast’s most popular lakes for public recreation.


Lake Strom


The lake itself offers up a unique blend of recreational opportunities for being artificial. There are a few sand beaches available for use, as visitors can occupy one of the designated swim areas for some water fun. In addition to the many swimming opportunities Strom Thurmond Lake is also a big fishing destination.

Out on the lake, you will find a wide variety of boaters throughout ranging from motorboats, sailboats, kayaks and canoes. Some of the motor boats are likely to have a water skier on the back as water sports are a big hit around the lake. There are numerous of campgrounds scattered throughout the lakes shores for long term stays and visits to the area.

The development of Strom Thurmond Lake from a Corps of Engineers lake as one of the most popular recreation destinations makes it truly unique. Besides serving as a recreation center, the lake is also authorized for water quality, water supply, as well as fish and wildlife management. The manmade lake was created by the J. Strom Thurmond Dam, which is located on the Savannah River basin.

From a location standpoint, it extends up both the Little River and Broad River in Georgia. This allows for long travel throughout the lake and rivers in either direction. Just miles south in the basin is the city of Augusta, while a trip further down the river leads to the incomparable sightseeing of culture rich Savannah apartments, houses and buildings along the shore.

Many people still refer to it with the title of Clarks Hill Lake, the original name which references a nearby South Carolina town. A great location full of history and opportunity, Strom Thurmond Lake provides a great outlet for recreation. A trip to the state of Georgia is greatly highlighted by taking in some of the serene views and experiences over at Strom Thurmond Lake.


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    Ashley Sunday, 25 March 2012

    I have never been to Georgia and it looks absolutely gorgeous around Strom Thurmond Lake. I may consider taking a trip to the area next summer. Thanks for writing up such a detailed post about this area.

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    Megan Monday, 26 March 2012

    Strom Thurmond Lake is absolutely gorgeous. I have been there once and was really impressed. Hope to make it there again soon.

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    Brianne Thursday, 29 March 2012

    I have been to Strom Thurmond Lake and absolutely loved it. Like Megan said it is impressive. If you want to find a great place and truly relax, and forget about your troubles, this is it.

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