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WEST DAM, GA

part ofJ. Strom Thurmond Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Photo: WEST DAM
Status: Closed through Thu Apr 30 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

West Dam Recreation Area is one of the most popular parks on J. Strom Thurmond Lake. With 70,000 acres of surface-area and 1,000+ miles of shoreline, J. Strom Thurmond Lake provides excellent boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing, hiking and picnicking 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 335' above sea level.

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

Recreation:

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.

Hikers have access to many miles of trails in the area. The 1.8-mile Lake Springs Loop and the 27-mile Bartram Trail, which meanders along the scenic shoreline and through Wildwood Park, are nearby. Shorter sections can be hiked from several intersecting trailheads.

Facilities:

West Dam Recreation Area is a wooded day-use area with several mini picnic shelters accommodating up to six people each. One large shelter for up to 68 people is available as well. Amenities include flush toilets, drinking water, a playground, beach and hiking trail.

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
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Pay Phone
  • Playground
  • Swimming
Know Before You Go
  • 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.
  • A separate entrance fee of $4 will be charged upon arrival at the park
  • The beach area and other park amenities are available for the reserving group as well as to the general public
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited
  • No pets allowed
  • Nets, volleyballs and horseshoes are not provided
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
33.66083, -82.19972
33°39'39"N, 82°11'59"W

From Clarks Hill, SC, west on US 221, go across Thurmond Dam; area is on the Georgia side of the dam.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

WEST DAM
510 CLARKS HILL HIGHWAY
CLARKS HILL  GA  298219701

Phone Number:

Information:  (800)533-3478
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