The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District has announced changes in camping fees charged at Corps-managed campgrounds at Hartwell Lake (Hartwell, Georgia) and J. Strom Thurmond Lake (Clarks Hill, South Carolina).
Effective with the fiscal year which began October 1st, all camping fees for sites with electricity service have increased $2 per night. All other campsite fees remain the same.
At Thurmond Lake, camping fees remain $6 -$18 per night for primitive sites (sites with no water or electricity). Single sites with electric and water hook-ups cost $22-$26 per night; double sites cost $48 per night. The group camp at Big Hart costs $182 per night.
At Hartwell Lake, camping fees for single sites with electricity and water hookups cost $24-$26 per night; double sites cost $48 per night. The fee increase was the result of an annual assessment of camping fees charged by similar facilities in the area.
"Every year we are required to do a fee comparability study to ensure the Corps is charging fees for public recreation that are in line with the costs of similar recreation opportunities offered by other vendors, such as state, county, or private campgrounds," said Joe Melton, a natural resources specialist who oversees the Savannah District's recreation program. "We only increase fees as needed to stay in line with similar recreation opportunities."
Golden Age, Golden Access and America the Beautiful Interagency Senior and Access discounts will still be honored at Corps-managed campgrounds at both lakes.
Campground reservations may be made through the National Recreation Reservation Service by calling 1-877-444-6777 or by visiting www.recreation.gov.
For more information, contact the J. Strom Thurmond Project Office at 1-800-533-3478, or (864) 333-1100 or the Hartwell Lake Project Office at 1-888-893-0678 or 706-856-0300.
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