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Saturday Adventure at Clarks Hill

On Saturday afternoon, Granddaddy called and asked if the boys wanted to go fishing. Of course! From downtown Augusta, it is about a 30-minute ride to the Strom Thurmond Dam boat ramp. Dad loaded up the boys and off they went.

The trip was more about the adventure than anything else. The boat ramp was full after a fishing tournament that morning. There was so much to see! They rode the lake for a while before finding a quiet corner to do some fishing. No one volunteered to touch the fish, but in the end it was a great trip.

Clarks Hill Lake is also called Lake Thurmond. I think it just depends what side of the lake you are from. The Georgia side folks say Clark’s Hill and the South Carolina side says Lake Thurmond.

Thurmond Lake comprises nearly 71,100 acres of water with a shoreline of 1200 miles. The lake is one of the southeast’s largest and most popular public recreation lakes. Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1946 and 1954 for flood control and for hydropower. Each year, millions of people utilize the many public parks, marinas, and campgrounds.

For more info on the lake and all its recreation:

http://www.sas.usace.army.mil/lakes/thurmond/

Or stop by their welcome center:
J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake
510 Clarks Hill Highway
Clarks Hill, SC 29821
1-800-533-3478

Camping in Augusta

There are so many places in and around Augusta to experience the great outdoors. One of my favorite places is Lake Thurmond at Clark’s Hill. It is only about 25 minutes from downtown Augusta. We went camping there towards the end of October this year and the weather was fantastic! Our campsites were at the Petersburg Campground which is run by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The campground has a lot of facilities available to campers, like laundry rooms. It also has access to the William Bartram Trail which is great for hiking and mountain biking. The campsites are huge, leaving plenty of room for multiple tents or a medium sized camper. We picked a really nice time of year to camp since it was pleasant during the day and chilly enough to enjoy a campfire at night. Many of the sites are right on the water, so you can really enjoy the view and all the fall colors. The best part is that you aren’t far from civilization, so if you forget any essentials or need anything you can take a quick trip to town and get anything you might need.

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