The Corps newest lake project on the Savannah River, lying between J. Strom Thurmond Lake to the south and Hartwell Lake to the north, Russell is one of the finest fishing lakes in the Southeast. Hunting opportunities abound as well. The cost of construction of recreational facilities was shared with the states of Georgia and South Carolina, and operation and maintenance of these facilities has been assumed by these states. Russell Lake has two unique and informative visitor centers at the powerhouse and the Project Office.
Fishing and Boating -- ramps, boat rental
Canoe and Pedal Boat Rental (seasonal)
Disc Golf (fee)
Lake Swimming (seasonal)
Hiking and Bicycling - 6 miles of trails, Muddy Spokes Club
20 Cottages ($130-$140, higher during Masters Week)
- #1 and #2 are dog friendly ($40 fee, max 2)
28 Tent, Trailer, RV Campsites ($25-$28) - cable TV hookups
3 Picnic Shelters ($40)
Group Shelter (seats 175, $205)
Arrowhead Pointe Golf Course (18-Holes) ($44-$49 with cart)
26,650-acre Lake with Swimming Beach (seasonal)
Reservations (800) 864-7275
Park (706) 213-2045
Golf (706) 283-6000
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Reviews of Richard B Russell Dam And Lake
Reviewed by SCgregg1 on December 21, 2009
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This area is rich in hydro-history and a marvel of modern hydro-engineering. The greatest thing? All the history and engineering has given us something back. We can recreate along the Savannah River corridor for free or really cheap, and I would say itâ€™s some of the best recreation available east of the Mississippi.
My favorite campgrounds along the corridor are Leroyâ€™s ferry, on the South Carolina side, and Bussey Point on the Georgia side.
NOTE: Both Leroy's Ferry campground and Bussey Point campround are on Lake Thurmond, further downriver from Lake Russell. Lake Russell can be easily accessed by car from both campgrounds.
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Reviewed by Guest on December 16, 2009
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Excellent area of the Sav. river corridor. Many camping opportunities on both sides of the big river, thanks to the Aymy Corps!
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