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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

May Survey's from Facebook Fans

Every Monday we survey our Facebook Fans. Here are some of the results of the surveys from this month.

Where can you get the best seafood in Augusta?

Island Seafood

Old McDonald’s Fish Camp

French Market Grille

Bonefish Grill (2 votes)

Rae’s Coastal Cafe (2 votes)

Sheehan’s Irish Pub (3 votes)

T’s Restaurant (4 votes)

And the winner is Rhinehart’s Oyster Bar with 6 votes.

Who serves the best Sunday brunch in Augusta?

Crums on Central

Manuel’s Bread Cafe

Casa Blanca Cafe

And the winner is The Partridge Inn with 3 votes.

What is your favorite thing to do in Augusta during the summer?

Attend events downtown

Hangout on the Riverwalk

Go to a GreenJackets baseball game (2 votes)

Augusta Canal Boat Tour (2 votes)

And the winner is Go to the lake with 10 votes.

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.

Kayaking in Augusta

Several friends and I kayaked down a creek just a mile or two downstream of downtown Augusta on the Savannah River.  What a gorgeous time of year to be out enjoying nature.  The colors were vibrant and nature still full of life.

I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves!

Around each twist and turn of the creek, we came across new discoveries. 

We hoped we didn’t disturb this fisherman where the creek met the Savannah River.

It was a good workout paddling back upstream to the boat house, but the good company and warm weather helped it fly by.

If you’d like to rent a canoe or kayak and go on your own adventures, you’ve got options!

American Wilderness Outdoors Limited (AWOL) and the 5th Street Marina both rent kayaks and canoes and will even provide drop off / pick up at locations of your choice.  Both businesses have knowledgeable staff who can recommend the best routes for your interests and skill level.  The Savannah River, Strom Thurmond Lake and Bettys Branch are all popular choices. AWOL will also provide guides for groups or you can join their Thursday Night Twilight Paddles in the warmer months. Be safe and have fun exploring Augusta by water!

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