Clarks Hill Lake


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328.50 FEET
Full Pool: 330.0
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Teachers benefit from Savannah River Site tour

Aiken Standard

Date: 11/22/2015 7:10:00 PM

Teachers left the Savannah River Site “amazed at the sheer size of the site,” said Kim Mitchell, an education and outreach member of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions. The site hosted 35 local educators last month as part of an annual tour during

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Salt waste unit testing under way for Savannah River Remediation

Aiken Standard

Date: 11/20/2015 6:40:00 PM

Liquid tightness testing is underway for a Savannah River Site disposal unit to ensure the unit will be able to hold 30 million gallons of mega-volume salt waste. The site’s liquid waste contractor, Savannah River Remediation, or SRR, has completed the

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Safety risks spur closing of Cockspur Island lighthouse


Date: 11/19/2015 8:24:00 AM

The Cockspur Island Lighthouse has marked the south channel of the Savannah River for over 150 years. During which time it has endured challenges both natural and human made. While the 46 foot tall lighthouse presents a number of dangers to the public that

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South Carolina, Georgia ink new deal for Savannah River port project

The Post and Courier

Date: 11/16/2015 8:46:00 AM

Public maritime officials from South Carolina and Georgia signed a new agreement to guide the development of a proposed $4.5 billion port along the Savannah River. The updated terms govern the permitting and planning process for the Jasper Ocean Terminal

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More boats ramps closed along Savannah River


Date: 11/12/2015 2:48:00 PM

The Lock-N-Dam area is experiencing some flooding, but the boat ramp is still open. Officials are asking pedestrians to avoid the affected areas, and people walking near the boat ramps should stay far away from the water. Residents who live on the river

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• River: Savannah River
• Length: 1,200 Miles
• Surface Area: 71,100 Acres
• Maximum Depth: 141 feet
• Length: 39 Miles
J. Strom Thurmond Lake, (also known as Clarks Hill Lake), is one of the top 10 most-visited Corps lakes in the nation and is the Largest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lake east of the Mississippi River.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' J. Strom Thurmond Lake is a man-made lake bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Broad, and Little Rivers. The lake is created by the Thurmond Dam, located on the Savannah River 22 miles above Augusta, Ga., and 239.5 miles above the mouth of the Savannah River. The lake extends 39.4 miles up the Savannah River, 29 miles up the Little River, and 6.5 miles up the Broad River in Georgia, and 17 miles up the Little River in South Carolina.

At full pool elevation, the lake encompasses 1,200 miles of shoreline, 70,000+ acres of water and 80,000 acres of land. The Thurmond Project was designed for flood control, hydropower, fish and wildlife, water quality, water supply, downstream navigation and recreation.

The Corps operates 10 Class A campgrounds on this lake, five major day use areas and many other recreational facilities. Thurmond Lake provides excellent striper and largemouth bass fishing and its large wildlife management program provides excellent hunting and wildlife observation opportunities.

"J. Strom Thurmond" or "Clarks Hill" Lake?

Originally, this dam was called "Clarks Hill Dam". The "s" on the end of "Clarks" was omitted due to a clerical error tin the original Congressional Authorization, and the project became "Clark Hill Dam. Later, Senator J. Strom Thurmond requested Clark Hill Dam be renamed "Clarks Hill Dam." In 1988, Clarks Hill Dam was congressionally renamed "J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake at Clarks Hill."

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