Back in November, we announced on this blog federal recreation budget cuts that would impact Corps-operated parks at Hartwell and Thurmond lakes. Since that announcement, our team has been actively pursuing leasing opportunities with local governments around the lake to transfer park operations and maintenance.
We are pleased to announce that starting this April, the local governments of Lincoln County, Ga., and Oconee County, S.C., will begin operating several Corps day use areas and campgrounds previously scheduled for closure.
Thurmond Lake: Lincoln County will operate the Broad River, Hesters Ferry, and Clay Hill campgrounds at Thurmond Lake. Our Thurmond Project team continues to actively seek operators for the Raysville, Leroys Ferry and Mt. Carmel campgrounds.
For 2014 opening/closing dates and reservations, contact Lincoln County at http://www.lcgagov.org/reservations.html or (706) 359-4444. For more information about Thurmond Lake recreation areas, call the Thurmond Project Office at 800-533-3478.
Hartwell Lake: Oconee County Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) will operate the Lawrence Bridge, Fair Play, and Mullins Ford day use areas, as well as the Choestoea boat ramp. Annual passes that currently cover these parks will be honored until they are renewed with a new county-issued pass.
Oconee County also will continue operations and maintenance of other previously-leased recreation areas and boat ramps surrounding the lake, with the exception of the Holders, Lakeshore, Barton’s Mill and Timberlake landings. These four sites will be transferred back to the Corps and are scheduled for closure.
The Corps continues to maintain and operate the Coneross and Oconee Point campgrounds, Friendship Recreation Area, the Highway 123 fishing pier, and the Tabor and Martin’s Creek access ramps.
For more information, contact Oconee Parks, Recreation & Tourism at 864-888-1488; or the Hartwell Lake Project Office at 888-893-0678.
~Tracy Robillard, public affairs specialist