People & Places with Pierce: J. Strom Thurmond Dam and Lake Preview

It’s been the CSRA’s place to play for decades.

Scott Hyatt, operations project manager at the J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake says: “In the 1940’s, they decided to go ahead and construct what was then going to be called the Clarks Hill Dam. It’s a tremendous draw for recreation.”

John Hamblen, park ranger at the J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake adds: “There are numerous beaches that we have around here.”

“We get 3 ½ million or so visitors a year that come out to the lake,” said Hyatt.

“Some of our biggest visited areas are Clarks Hill Park on the South Carolina side and also Lake Springs Recreation area on the Georgia side,” added Hamblen.

“One of the primary purposes for building this dam was to provide flood protection,” explained Hyatt. “If the lake does go down far enough you can see old outlines of where buildings and roads used to be.”

Find out what secrets lie on the lakebed in the next People & Places with Pierce. Wednesday at 10:00 p.m. on FOX 54 News Now.

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