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A unique opportunity to experience 18 square miles of Georgia’s most serene water trails and uncommon wildlife by paddling Clarks Hill Lake, the Savannah River and the Augusta Canal – all within a few miles of one another.
Located in the southern portion of the Long Cane Ranger District, the Forks Area Trail System (FATS) was designed with the mountain biking enthusiast in mind. Six stacked loops accessed from various locations, provide up to 34 miles of hiking or biking through a variety of topography and vegetation. Highlights of your visit could include panoramic views, glimpses of wildlife and a distinctive, large grouping of saw palmetto not normally seen in this part of South Carolina.
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Lake Strom Thurmond, also known as Clarks Hill Lake, is a massive lake with over 71,000 surface acres on the border of South Carolina and Georgia just north of the city of Augusta, Georgia. The Lake Thurmond Dam was finished in 1952 creating Lake Strom Thurmond along the Savanah River. This majestic lake is surrounded by pine trees that sit right along the banks. The lake is popular for recreational activities including camping, fishing, boating, skiing, hiking, and much more.
MEET CAPTAIN DAVE WILLARD
Captain Dave is a retired Firefighter/Paramedic and is a US Coast Guard Licensed Professional Guide. He has been guiding since 1985 and was instrumental in using live blueback herring for bait. He fished Lake Thurmond as a boy and knows every creek and fish-hole like the back of his hand. When he’s not on the Lake, you can probably find him in a deer-stand or on a tractor.
FISH SAFE AND HAVE A GOOD TIME
The Crockett Rocket is a 26 ft. Catamaran with twin 115 hp Evinrudes. It is rigged with a T-top and leaning post with live bait tank. This boat is very stable and rides well in rough water. It can accommodate six adults very comfortably and a wheel-chair if necessary.
Captain Dave is a Christian and a family man. Kids are his favorite clients, so you can expect a trip suitable for the whole family. Bring a cooler with drinks and snacks and enjoy a beautiful day on Lake Thurmond.
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