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Thurmond-Lake , also known as Clarks Hill Lake, is a reservoir located on the Georgia-South Carolina border in the Savannah River Basin. Created in 1951 and 1952 by the J. Strom Thurmond Dam, it's the second largest man-made lake east of the Mississippi River. Thurmond Lake stretches 39 miles up the Savannah River, 26 miles up the Little River in Georgia and 10 miles up Little River in South Carolina. It comprises almost 71,000 acres of water with a 1200-mile long shoreline. Millions of visitors come to Thurmond Lake each year, making it one of the ten most visited Corps of Engineers lakes in the nation. There are several public parks around the lake, along with marinas, campgrounds, a museum/visitor center, restaurants and picnicking facilities. Tons of recreational activities are available at Thurmond Lake, including fishing, boating, water skiing and other water sports, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, wildlife viewing, bird watching and auto touring. Nestled in the foothills and valleys of the Chattahoochee National Forest, Thurmond Reservoir is the kind of place where you can be as active as you want, or you can sit back and just enjoy the scenery. Pine trees and mixed hardwoods cover the shoreline, making it the perfect backdrop for relaxing. More than 250 islands, created when the lake was filled, sit just above the surface and provide homes for a diversity of plants and wildlife. Thurmond Lake is definitely a nature lovers dream, so don't forget your camera, as you'll want to capture some of the beauty of this special place.

Surrounding areas: Cumming, Georgia (10.9 mi), Lake Lanier, Georgia (17.3 mi), Allatoona Lake, Georgia (17.4 mi), Big Canoe, Georgia (18.4 mi), Two Mile Creek, Georgia (18.8 mi), Dawsonville, Georgia (19.9 mi), Jasper, Georgia (19.9 mi)

Thurmond Lake Vacation Rentals

Thurmond Lake Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Courtyard-alpharetta12655 Deerfield PkwyAlphareetta, GA7.4 mi.(800) 321-2211
Amerisuites-Alpharetta/Nortel Pkwy12505 Nortel PkwyAlpharetta, GA7.5 mi.(678) 339-0505
Springhill Suites By Marriott Atlanta/Alpharetta12730 Deerfield PkwyAlpharetta, GA7.5 mi.(770) 751-6900
Hampton Inn & Suites16785 Old Morris RdAlpharetta, GA7.9 mi.(678) 393-0990
Holiday Inn Express5455 Windward Pkwy WAlpharetta, GA7.9 mi.(770) 664-6661
Residence Inn By Marriott Alpharetta5465 Windward Pkwy WAlpharetta, GA7.9 mi.(770) 664-0664
Amerisuites Windward5595 Windward PkwyAlpharetta, GA8.0 mi.(770) 343-9566
Amerisuites North Point7500 North Point PkwyAlpharetta, GA8.3 mi.(770) 594-8788
Doubletree Hotel2925 Jordon CtAlpharetta, GA8.3 mi.(678) 347-0022
Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta North Point10975 Georgia LnAlpharetta, GA8.3 mi.(678) 566-3900
Hilton Garden Inn-atlanta Windward4025 Windward PLZ DrAlpharetta, GA8.3 mi.(770) 360-7766
Residence Inn By Marriott1325 North Pointe DrAlpharetta, GA8.3 mi.(770) 587-1151
Staybridge Suites3980 N PT PkwyAlpharetta, GA8.3 mi.(770) 569-7200
The Views At Morris Lake3437 LathenviewAlpharetta, GA8.3 mi.(770) 641-8393
Marriott-marriott- Alpharetta5750 Windward PkwyAlpharetta, GA8.4 mi.(770) 754-9600
Windward Place3080 Market PLAlpharetta, GA8.7 mi.(770) 751-0202
Embassy Suites Alpharetta5955 N Point PkwyAlpharetta, GA8.9 mi.(678) 566-8800
Comfort Inn138 Keith DrCanton, GA8.9 mi.(770) 345-1994
Towneplace Suites By Marriott7925 Westside PkwyAlpharetta, GA9.0 mi.(770) 664-1300
Days Inn Canton291 Ball Ground RdCanton, GA9.0 mi.(770) 479-0301
Studioplus3331 Old Milton PkwyAlpharetta, GA9.2 mi.(770) 475-7871
In Town Suites Roswell1175 Hembree RdRoswell, GA9.2 mi.(770) 410-9094
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites713 Transit AveCanton, GA9.3 mi.(770) 479-7300
Extended Stay Deluxe3329 Old Milton PkwyAlpharetta, GA9.4 mi.(770) 569-1730
Radisson Inn/ Northpoint10740 Westside PkwyAlpharetta, GA9.4 mi.(770) 640-5511
Fairfield Inn & Suites Alpharetta11385 Haynes Bridge RdAlpharetta, GA9.7 mi.(770) 663-4000
Extended Stay America1950 Rock Mill RdAlpharetta, GA9.9 mi.(770) 475-2676
La Quinta Motor Inn Alpharetta1350 North Point DrAlpharetta, GA10.0 mi.(700) 754-7800
Pine Crest Motor Lodge2330 Holly Springs PkwyCanton, GA10.0 mi.(770) 345-5521
Wingate Inn Of Alpharetta1005 Kingswood PlAlpharetta, GA10.5 mi.(770) 649-0955
Homewood Suites Alpharetta10775 Davis DrAlpharetta, GA10.6 mi.(770) 998-1622
Comfort Suites Alpharetta3000 Mansell RdAlpharetta, GA10.8 mi.(770) 645-6060
Country Inn & Suites2950 Mansell RdAlpharetta, GA10.8 mi.(770) 552-0006
Ramada LTD Suites3020 Mansell RdAlpharetta, GA10.8 mi.(678) 461-7300
Hampton Inn Atlanta/Cumming Ga915 Northside Forsyth DrCumming, GA10.8 mi.(770) 889-0877
Holiday Inn Express835 Buford RdCumming, GA11.1 mi.(770) 889-4600
Sun Suites Of Cumming555 Lake Center PkwyCumming, GA11.2 mi.(770) 781-5550
Best Western Roswell907 Holcomb Bridge RdRoswell, GA11.3 mi.(770) 642-4804
Holiday Inn Atlanta/Roswell909 Holcomb Bridge RdRoswell, GA11.3 mi.(770) 817-1414
Comfort Suites905 Buford RdCumming, GA11.4 mi.(770) 889-4141
Bed & Breakfast
Shellmont Bed & Breakfast Lodge821 Piedmont Ave NeAtlanta, GA28.8 mi.(404) 872-9290

Thurmond Lake Weather & Climate

North-central/northwestern Georgia has a relatively mild, southern climate conducive to year round outdoor recreation. The region enjoys warm summers, bright, sunny fall days and mild winters. In spring, northwestern Georgia is alive with color, from azaleas to roses, and magnificent dogwood trees dot the landscape. It seldom snows in this area because wintertime temperatures are mild with daily highs in the mid-40s and 50s. Freezing ran is sometimes a problem. Summers are hot and humid, but not extreme with pleasant highs averaging in the mid-80s. Thunderstorms are a possibility in the summertime.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 49°F 29°F 5.98 in. -
February 55°F 31°F 5.00 in. -
March 63°F 38°F 6.06 in. -
April 71°F 45°F 4.31 in. -
May 77°F 54°F 4.36 in. -
June 84°F 62°F 3.69 in. -
July 87°F 66°F 3.97 in. -
August 86°F 66°F 4.22 in. -
September 81°F 60°F 4.17 in. -
October 71°F 47°F 3.76 in. -
November 62°F 38°F 4.33 in. -
December 53°F 31°F 4.66 in. -

Thurmond Lake Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Dekalb Peachtree airport (PDK) located about 21 miles south of Thurmond Lake in Atlanta, Georgia, Gwinnett County Briscoe Field (LZU) located approximately 25 miles southeast of Thurmond Lake in Lawrenceville, Georgia, the Hartsfield Jackson Atlanta International airport (ATL) located roughly 38 miles south of Thurmond Lake in Atlanta, Georgia, and finally the Richard B Russell airport (RMG) located around 48 miles west of Thurmond Lake in Rome, Georgia.

Thurmond Lake Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
American AdventuresMariettaGA20.8 mi.
Stone Mountain ParkStone MountainGA28.0 mi.
Lakewood FairgroundsAtlantaGA30.8 mi.
Six Flags Over GeorgiaAustellGA31.5 mi.
Lake WinnepesaukahRossvilleGA77.2 mi.
Water Parks
Lake Lanier Island Beach & Water ParkLake Lanier IslandGA17.0 mi.
White Water ParkMariettaGA20.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Crooked Creek Golf ClubAlpharettaGA8.7 mi.
RiverPines Golf CourseAlpharettaGA8.7 mi.
Trophy Club of AtlantaAlpharettaGA8.7 mi.
Bridge Mill Athletic ClubCantonGA9.6 mi.
Woodmont Golf & Country ClubCantonGA9.6 mi.
Country Land Golf CourseCummingGA10.8 mi.
Hampton Golf VillageCummingGA10.8 mi.
Windermere Golf ClubCummingGA10.8 mi.
Cherokee Golf CenterWoodstockGA12.1 mi.
Eagle Watch Golf ClubWoodstockGA12.1 mi.
Golf Club at Bradshaw FarmWoodstockGA12.1 mi.
Towne Lake Hills Golf ClubWoodstockGA12.1 mi.
Peachtree Family Golf CenterDuluthGA17.1 mi.
St Marlo Country ClubDuluthGA17.1 mi.
Bears Best AtlantaSuwaneeGA17.8 mi.
Laurel Springs Golf ClubSuwaneeGA17.8 mi.
Olde Atlanta Golf ClubSuwaneeGA17.8 mi.
Arrowhead Country ClubJasperGA18.5 mi.
Chestatee Golf ClubDawsonvilleGA20.1 mi.
City Club MariettaMariettaGA20.9 mi.
Centennial Golf ClubAcworthGA21.5 mi.
Cobblestone Golf CourseAcworthGA21.5 mi.
Royal Lakes Golf & Country ClubFlowery BranchGA23.4 mi.
Heritage ClubTuckerGA24.6 mi.
Collins Hill Golf ClubLawrencevilleGA26.0 mi.
Green Valley Greens Golf CourseCartersvilleGA27.0 mi.
Royal Oaks Golf ClubCartersvilleGA27.0 mi.
Southland Country ClubStone MountainGA28.0 mi.
Stone Mountain Golf CourseStone MountainGA28.0 mi.
Green Valley Golf CourseJakinGA28.6 mi.
Ski Areas
Scaly MountainScaly MountainNC80.8 mi.
CataloocheeMaggie ValleyNC115.2 mi.
State Parks
George Washington Carver State ParkGA19.4 mi. 
Red Top Mountain State ParkGA21.5 mi. 
Amicalola Falls State ParkGA25.9 mi. 
Sweetwater Creek State ParkGA35.1 mi. 
Fort Yargo State ParkGA38.1 mi. 
Arabia Mountain State ParkGA39.6 mi. 
Panola Mountain State ParkGA39.9 mi. 
Kennesaw Civil War MuseumKennesawGA20.1 mi.(History)
Robert C. Williams American Museum of PapermakingAtlantaGA30.8 mi.(Technology)
Hammonds House Galleries & Resource Center OF African American ArtAtlantaGA30.8 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia - MOCA|GAAtlantaGA30.8 mi.(Art)
Oglethorpe University MuseumAtlantaGA30.8 mi.(Art)
Oglethorpe University MuseumAtlantaGA30.8 mi.(Art)
Pasarya Museum of ArtAtlantaGA30.8 mi.(Art)
Atlanta History CenterAtlantaGA30.8 mi.(History)
Martha Berry MuseumRomeGA48.0 mi.(History)
Compulsory ArtsAthensGA56.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Georgia Museum of Natural HistoryAthensGA56.7 mi.(Science)
Georgia Museum of ArtAthensGA56.7 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
Zoo AtlantaAtlantaGA30.8 mi.
Tennessee AquariumChattanoogaTN81.2 mi.
Warner Park ZooChattanoogaTN81.2 mi.
Greenville ZooGreenvilleSC119.2 mi.

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