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BELOW DAM SOUTH CAROLINA, SC

part ofJ. Strom Thurmond Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: BELOW DAM SOUTH CAROLINA
Status: Open through Tue Sep 30 2014   Season Dates
 

Overview

Below Dam South Carolina Recreation Area is a popular park just below J. Strom Thurmond Lake Dam along the Savannah River. The park is located on Power Plant Road just off South Carolina State Highway 221 near the Visitor Center. The Savannah River offers excellent fishing and boating opportunities.

Natural Features:

Hot, humid summers and mild, pleasant winters characterize this heavily wooded area on the shore of Thurmond Lake. A mixed pine and hardwood forest covers the site, providing summer shade and fall color. Elevation is 235' above sea level.

Wildlife is abundant around the lake. Visitors regularly see southern bald eagles, osprey, migratory waterfowl, wild turkeys and whitetail deer.

Recreation:

The 70,000 acre Thurmond Lake provides some of the best fishing, hunting, and water sports in the southeastern United States. Anglers fish for largemouth bass, bream, crappie, catfish and striped bass. The large lake offers endless boating, water skiing, jet skiing, canoeing and swimming opportunities.

Facilities:

Below Dam South Carolina Recreation Area is a wooded day-use area with several group picnic shelters. One shelter has electrical hookups.

Other amenities include flush toilets, drinking water, a boat ramp, fishing pier, hiking trail and playground. There is no swimming at this park.

Nearby Attractions:

Numerous parks and recreation areas lie around Thurmond Lake, providing additional boating, swimming, hunting and hiking opportunities. Nearby cities house museums, art galleries, zoos, restaurants and shopping areas.

The Augusta National Golf Club hosts the Masters Golf Tournament annually the first week of April.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Parking Area
  • Playground
Know Before You Go
  • Caution: strong currents in river; absolutely no swimming or wading
  • Please bring your confirmation letter to the park; it is required for check-in
  • Park hours are 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • Shelter must be occupied by 2 p.m.
  • The beach area and other park amenities are available for the reservation group as well as to the general public
  • Alcoholic beverages are not allowed

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
33.65833, -82.20917
33°39'30"N, 82°12'33"W

The day use area is located just outside Clarks Hill, SC, west off US 221, just below the dam

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

BELOW DAM SOUTH CAROLINA
510 CLARKS HILL HIGHWAY
CLARKS HILL  SC  29821-9701

Phone Number:

Information:  (800)533-3478
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