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Overview

J. Strom Thurmond Lake, also known as Clarks Hill Lake, is located on the Savannah River at the border between Georgia and South Carolina. It is one of the largest inland bodies of water in the South and provides an array of recreational activities, including camping, boating, fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

Camping Information

Campsites: The lake offers numerous campgrounds with a variety of camping options including developed campsites with amenities like electricity, water hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings/grills as well as primitive sites for those seeking a more rustic experience.

Reservations: It is often possible to reserve campsites, and at certain times of the year or for popular locations, it is recommended to do so well in advance. Reservations can be made through the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website or through third-party websites like Recreation.gov.

Amenities and Facilities: Amenities vary by campground but may include boat ramps, beaches, playgrounds, restrooms, showers, and laundry facilities.

Pets: Pets are typically allowed in campgrounds but must be kept on a leash and under physical control at all times.

Fire Safety: Always follow current fire safety regulations, which may change depending on the season and conditions. Use designated fire rings or grills and never leave a fire unattended.

Boating and Fishing Information

Boating: The lake is well-suited for boating, ranging from motorized watercraft to canoes and kayaks. There are numerous boat ramps around the lake, and some areas designated for waterskiing or wakeboarding.

Fishing: J. Strom Thurmond Lake is home to many species of fish including bass, crappie, catfish, and stripers. Fishing licenses from either Georgia or South Carolina are required, and fishermen should be aware of any state-specific regulations.

Rules and Regulations

Licenses: Ensure you have the proper licenses for fishing or hunting if you plan to engage in these activities.

Alcohol: Alcohol policies vary by campground, so check the specific regulations for the location where you will be staying.

Wildlife: Do not feed wildlife and store food securely. Be aware of the potential for encountering animals such as snakes, alligators, and bears.

Water Safety: Always wear life jackets when on the water and be aware of changing weather conditions.

Environmental Stewardship

Leave No Trace: Adhere to Leave No Trace principles by packing out all trash, respecting wildlife, and leaving the area as you found it or better.

Water Protection: Be mindful when using soap and other products near the lake to prevent contamination.

Flora and Fauna: Avoid damaging the natural vegetation and do not disturb the wildlife. Keep to designated trails and campsites.

Additional Tips for Visitors

  • Weather: Check the local weather forecast before your trip and prepare accordingly.
  • Local Attractions: Explore the surrounding area, which includes historical sites, parks, and trails.
  • First Aid: It is always a good idea to bring a first-aid kit and be prepared for emergencies.
  • Connectivity: Cell phone reception may be unreliable in certain parts of the lake area, so plan ahead for communications.

By following these guidelines and regulations, visitors can ensure a safe and enjoyable camping experience at J. Strom Thurmond Lake/Clarks Hill Lake.

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