Fishing on Lake Thurmond
A true fisherman’s delight awaits you on Lake Thurmond. Striped bass, hybrid bass, largemouth bass, bream, and the wonderfully named crappie can all be caught on the lake. Fishing is one of the most popular wildlife-related on the 1200 miles of shoreline and 71,100 acres of water. There are dozens of fishing piers, bank fishing areas, and boat ramps for launching your own boat. The US Army Corps of Engineers make numerous improvements to the environment benefiting both fish and fishermen alike.
South Carolina and Georgia have a reciprocal fishing license agreement so that residents of both states may fish anywhere from both boats and shore on Lake Thurmond with a license from either state. Residents of other states must purchase a nonresident license from either South Carolina or Georgia. Fishermen with a resident or nonresident Georgia licenses do need a Georgia Trout Stamp if they fish for or have trout in their possession.
Boating on Lake Thurmond
Boaters of all kinds are drawn to Lake Thurmond for canoeing, kayaking, sailing and motor boating. Tons of fun is had by millions who access the lake each year. Yet because of its size, overcrowding has never once in the lake’s history been a problem. If a specific area is too busy for you, simply cruise down a little ways and you will have your own area for your water activities.
Whether you enjoy slowly sailing, quickly racing, or paddling by your own power, this lake will sure to please. There are numerous launch spots to drop your boat in whenever you wish. Luckily for the residents of Savannah Lakes Village, there is a 100+ slip marina close by where you can keep your boat year round. The marina features both electrical and water connections and has slips ranging from small boat slips to ones large enough for 21 by 81 feet houseboats.
Specific requirements are in place from the Army Corps that should be followed at all times. Their website on boating is the best resource for up to date information on all boating concerns for the lake.
Watersports on Lake Thurmond
Do you love to kayak, canoe, water ski, or be flung off of water rafts? All can be done on the lake. Kayaking around the perimeter or across the lake is quite an easy feat no matter where you launch from. There are no major hazards apart from fishermen and other boaters that you need to be concerned with. Unlike some other lakes and rivers, there are no animals predators to concern yourself with while enjoying your water sports.
Care to try and kayak at night? There’s a group who does so during full moons and listens to music the whole way. Want to jet ski the entire length of the lake? Well, you might need to refill on gas, but you’re more than welcome to try!
There is no limit to the watersports you can do on Lake Thurmond. Other boaters are required to stay at minimum 50-100 feet away from you at all times. There are specific areas with no wake zones that are more conducive to non-mechanical water sports which we highly recommend to improve your own enjoyment of the lake.
There is so much fun to be had on this lake from picnicking with your family and friends, sightseeing and all the other outdoor experiences that can be enjoyed at the many public recreation areas located around the lake or if you are lucky enough to own lake property, from your backyard!
Boat launch sites on Lake Thurmond
There are plenty of boat ramps to launch from around the lake. In fact, a majority of them are within a 10-minute drive from any point in Savannah Lakes Village! If you’d like to see a list of public access sites to launch your boat from, please request it from us directly. We would be happy to send it to you!