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Lakes, Boating, & Fishing

Lake Richard B. Russell

Located on a 26,650-acre lake, Richard B. Russell State Park offers some of the state’s finest fishing and boating. Lake Russell is managed as a “conservation lake” and as such the undeveloped shoreline provides a unique fishing experience in an unspoiled setting. Federal regulation prohibits private shoreline development, and the lake is protected by a 300 ft. collar of protected land.

Lake Russell is distinctive in that it maintains a habitat for a diverse assemblage of warm-water, cool-water, and even cold-water sport fish. The dominant and most popular fish species targeted and caught by anglers on Lake Russell include warm-water species – black bass (spotted and largemouth), crappie, and catfish.

Due to the managed conservation reservoir, the lake provides an exceptional environment in the form of standing timber, downed timber, and other woody debris. This extraordinary habitat is popular with both fish and fishermen. The headwaters of Lake Russell along the Savannah transition into a short river tailrace segment of about 1 mile extending up to the Lake Hartwell Dam.

Due to the cold-water releases upstream from Lake Hartwell, Lake Russell also provides a nice place for cold- and cool-water fishery. The backwaters of Lake Russell and the Hartwell tailrace area provide cold- and cool-water habitats for trout. Both states stock this area with more than 30,000 trout annually.


Calhoun Falls Marina

A lighted marina offers 36 rental boat slips. Thirty-two of the 36 slips include water and electricity and access to sewage pump-out, restroom with hot showers, and in-boat refueling. Slips are rented on a yearly basis. A boat ramp provides private boat access to Lake Russell.

  • 86 standard campsites in one of the best campgrounds in the state park system

  • 14 walk-in tent sites

  • 2 picnic shelters for your next family gathering

  • 1 rental community building that accommodates up to 60 people

  • 36 rental boat slips in the marina

  • 1 tennis court and 1 basketball court for your recreational use

  • 1.75-mile loop trail for walking and exercise

  • 318 acres providing access to beautiful Lake Russell


J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake / Clarks Hill Lake

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, Thurmond Lake comprises nearly 71,100 acres of water and 1,200 miles of shoreline. The Thurmond Project was designed for flood control, hydropower, fish and wildlife, water quality, water supply, downstream navigation, and recreation. It’s one of the top 10 most-visited Corps lakes in the nation.


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