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Clarks Hill Lake In South Carolina

Clarks Hill Lake, South Carolina

Boating, camping and fishing.

Known nationally for excellent boating and bass fishing, Clarks Hill Lake, aka Lake J. Strom Thurmond also serves up quality fishing for many other species. Pontoon boats, fishing boats and family boats rentals are available at marinas on the lake. Much of the shoreline is accessible only by boat, however, there are places with access for fishing from the bank or portage of a canoe or kayak. Some of these access points are via parks, campgrounds, the fishing pier and nearby some of the boat landings. Bait and tackle, lodging, dining, camping, RV hookups, restaurants, shopping and marinas are all located with easy access around the lake. The lake has populations of bass, stripers, hybrid striped bass, catfish, crappie, bluegill, sunfish and chain pickerel. Sprawling over 71,000 surface acres with 1,200 miles of shoreline, the reservoir is located in both Georgia and South Carolina. It sets on the eastern border of SC, at Clarks Hill, with about 800 miles of shoreline in SC. Around 20 boat launch ramps serve the public for launch of personal watercraft.

Area Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES


Hamilton Branch State Park Campground - 864 333-2223

Clarks Hill Campground - 800 533-3478

US Army Corps of Engineers Campground - 864 333-2272

Plum Branch Yacht Club Campground - 864 443-3000

Hawe Creek Campground - 864 443-5441

Baker Creek State Park Campground - 864 443-2457

Below Dam Recreation Area Campground - 800 533-3478

Lake J. Strom Thurmond Map


Fish species found in Clarks Hill Lake include largemouth bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, rainbow trout, brown trout, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, warmouth, white bass, white perch, yellow perch, striped bass, hybrid striped bass and chain pickerel.

Largemouth bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Rainbow trout Brown trout Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Redbreast Sunfish Redear Sunfish Warmouth Sunfish White Bass White Perch Yellow Perch Striped bass Hybrid Striped Bass Chain pickerel

Click here for a SC Fishing License.

Local Contact Information

Hamilton Branch State Park
111 Campground RD
Plum Branch, SC 29845
864 333-2223

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