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Lake Russell

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Lake Russell


Current Lake Level

474.60

-0.3 feet below full pool
Tuesday, April 16, 2024

The construction and completion of the Richard B. Russell Dam Project had an immense impact on the lives of those living in Georgia and South Carolina. Completed in 1985, this massive project created a 26,650-acre lake with 550 miles of shoreline that straddles the border between the two states. The purpose for its creation was to control flooding from the Savannah River, create energy and provide outdoor recreation.

The Richard B. Russell Dam is located on the Georgia/South Carolina border near Elberton with Lake Russell stretching 43 miles upriver towards lake Hartwell. The dam was constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers using a total of 2.6 million cubic yards of earth and rock. This vast project cost $210 million to build and still stands as one of the largest construction projects ever carried out by the Corps.

Today, Lake Russell is a popular destination for fishing, boating and camping. Fishermen can find largemouth bass, striped bass, catfish, crappie and bluegill. The lake also features many boat ramps, campgrounds and beaches for visitors to enjoy. In addition, the Richard B. Russell Dam has a Visitor Center with educational displays about the dam's history and its effects on the surrounding environment. Lake Russell offers something for everyone from outdoor enthusiasts to those who just want to relax by the water and take in the natural beauty of the area.




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    Lake Russell


    Current Lake Level

    474.60

    -0.3 feet below full pool
    Tuesday, April 16, 2024
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