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part ofJ. Strom Thurmond Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Closed through Thu Mar 26 2015   Season Dates


Raysville Campground is located on Georgia's Little River section of J. Strom Thurmond Lake, the largest Corps of Engineers lake project east of the Mississippi River. The 70,000 acre lake and its 1,000+ miles of shoreline provide excellent boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing, hiking and picnicking.

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.

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


Thurmond Lake provides some of the best fishing, hunting, and water sports in the southeastern US. 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.

A local boat club sponsors annual Fourth of July fireworks at Amity, and Raysville offers some of the best seats in the area to watch the show.


This wooded, waterfront campground contains 54 sites, all with electrical hookups. Amenities include flush and vault toilets, showers, drinking water, a dump station and boat ramp.

Within a mile is the Amity Recreation Area, with numerous beaches, picnic shelters and a ball field.

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
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Entrance Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Pay Phone
  • Showers
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Know Before You Go
  • There is a $5 daily gate pass fee per vehicle. Sites are limited to 4 vehicles total (two vehicles are complimentary, two vehicles will be charged the $5 daily gate pass fee).
  • Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.
  • Visitor hours end at 9:30 p.m.
  • Alcohol is prohibited
  • Scooters, ATV's, and golf carts are prohibited; persons with disabilities may make special arrangements at the campground gatehouse with the Park Attendant on duty.
  • Check out time is 2 p.m.
  • Raysville Campground, 6489 Lincolnton Rd. NE, Thomson, GA 30824; Gatehouse 706-595-6759
  • For current lake conditions, call 1-800-533-3478 ext 1147
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
33.63224, -82.47387
33°37'56"N, 82°28'26"W

From I-20, take Thomson Exit 172 (HWY 78) north 3 miles; turn right on HWY 43. Go 6.5 miles to campground sign, turn left into campground.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

THOMSON  GA  30824

Phone Number:

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