Water In Georgia - Lake Thurmond

Drought Plan For Thurmond

07/15/2017 - Cartoon (source: Augusta Chronicle)

Lake Thurmond's low water levels could threaten water safety

07/03/2017 - The water levels at Lake Thurmond dam have been very low throughout the year and there doesn't seem to be a rise in sight. As the summer continues to send a wave of heat throughout the Southeast area, the rainfall hasn't quite kept up. "The area that we normally cornered off as comfortable and safe for people to swim in is now basically dry. And so what's beyond these yellow lines? We aren't sure," says Kevin Madsen, Park Ranger for Lake Thurmond. (source: Fox 54 News NOW)

Carolinas have two lakes in Bassmaster's Top 12 In The Nation list

07/02/2017 - Each year, Bassmaster Magazine conducts research on fishing lakes throughout the nation, and ranks them into a list of the 100 Best Bass Lakes. Clarks Hill is 17th, Lake Wateree is number 20, and Lake Hartwell sits in the 21st spot. (source: Carolina Sportsman)

Striper-hybrid bite is incredible for Thurmond Lake fishermen

06/22/2017 - Ever since last winter, anglers have been enjoying a very good bite from Thurmond Lake's striped bass and hybrid bass. Guess what? The bite has moved on from very good to just incredible. (source: The Augusta Chronicle)

Improvements coming to Lakes Thurmond and Hartwell parks

06/16/2017 - Upgrades are happening to parks all around Lakes Thurmond and Hartwell. Some improvements are things the public will notice and others will go toward keeping the lakes fit for recreation, for years to come. (source: Fox 54 News NOW)

Corps rolling out proposals for new drought management plan

06/15/2017 - Lake Hartwell, Thurmond and RBR users have until mid-July to look over possible changes to how the Corps of Engineers copes with drought conditions The recommendations come from two-plus years' work by the Corps, The Nature Conservancy and state natural resource staffs in South Carolina and Georgia. Six different options were looked at, as well as making no changes at all. (source: Independent Mail - part of the USA Today Network)

Army Corps of Engineers warns low lake levels mean great risk for swimmers

06/12/2017 - "There are plenty of places on this lake where you could be walking along in four feet of water just fine," explained Hyatt, "And all of a sudden, you step off and you're in ten feet of water." The Army Corps of Engineers also says they have loaner life jacket boards at most of the swim beaches. If you can't find one there, feel free to contact the visitor's center. (source: 12 WRDW-TV)

Ethanol's E-15 bad for small engines

05/18/2017 - The American Sportfishing Association through its Keep America Fishing program has issued a warning to boat owners or anyone who uses any gasoline-powered outdoor equipment ... The problems are that corn oil derivative called ethanol and a federal program called the Renewable Fuel Standard. (source: The Augusta Chronicle)