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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

Paddling Deep Step

Deep Step, a former cypress swamp that runs alongside the Savannah River, was where some friends and I decided to explore this weekend.  Despite having lived in the area over ten years, I’m still finding new areas around Augusta to discover with scenic beauty and an abundance of flora and fauna. 

 

The first thing we learned is that Deep Step is deep in name only!  After paddling far into the area we found  the waterway narrowing considerably and ourselves barely floating above the bottom.  We had to pull our way through some muddy spots with our paddles, but catching a glimpse of this tranquil and beautiful spot was well worth it. 

Fishing Deep Step is another popular activity, but the water level is key!  Bass boats and the like will likely get stuck or have their hulls pierced by the many remaining cypress stumps.  Canoes, Johnboats and kayaks are ideal in this type of water.

 

If you’re interested in exploring Deep Step or any other area of the Savannah River, kayak and canoe rentals are available at American Wilderness Outfitters Limited.

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