|Richard B. Russell Lake
Federal laws prohibit development around this reservoir, making this U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project unique in its beauty. Located on the Georgia-South Carolina border along the Savannah River, this reservoir is known simply as "Lake Russell." Compared to highly developed shorelines of Lake Hartwell to the north and Lake Strom Thurmond to the south, this lake provides many visitors with a relaxing recreational experiences.
As of 2012, a reciprocal freshwater fishing agreement between Georgia and South Carolina allows anglers to fish on the border waters of the Savannah River System from the North Carolina border down to the mouth of the Savannah River with a valid fishing license from either state. Those border waters include Richard B. Russell Lake.
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On the South Carolina side of the lake, this state's "State Recreation Areas" offer seventeen boat ramps and fishing piers. A few recreation areas in both states have full amenities, such as Georgia's Richard B. Russell State Park. Also, boaters can take advantage of ten Georgia State Recreation Area boat ramps and fishing piers located along the lake. Although the lake isn't developed, two marinas are within close distance to the lake -- the Beaverdam Marina and the Calhoun Falls Marina.
Cottages, RV, and campsites are available on the lake at Richard B. Russell State Park on the Georgia side of the lake. This park also contains fishing and boating ramps and boat rental, golf, swimming, and a beach. Elberton, Georgia, offers lodging as does Abbeville, South Carolina.
Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.
Richard B. Russell Lake is located 127 miles from Atlanta, Georgia, and 70 miles from Greenville, South Carolina. Situated on the Savannah River between Lake Hartwell to the north and Lake Strom Thurmond to the south, this lake covers Anderson and Abbeville Counties in South Carolina and Elbert County in Georgia. Visitors have easy access to the lake via I-20 and I-85.
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