With an abundance of natural resources, Columbia County, Augusta’s neighbor to the west, is an outstanding local destination for outdoor recreation. Positioned along the shores of the 71,000-acre Clark’s Hill Lake, and bordered by the Savannah River and Augusta Canal, the community is a favored destination for myriad sports enthusiasts. Including its excellent park system, miles of biking and hiking trails, and waterways for paddle sports, Columbia County is a well-rounded outdoor sports location.
To categorize these waters simply, there are three distinct choices of places to fish: the lake, the river, and a multitude of private and public ponds. Our lake (referred to as Clarks Hill by Georgians and Thurmond Lake by South Carolinians) is a 71,535 acre reservoir created in 1954 twenty-two miles north of Augusta. This fishery has played host to numerous B.A.S.S. tournaments and has a healthy population of Striped Bass, Crappie, Bream, Catfish and many more species in addition to the Largemouth.
Outdoor-minded Augustans are blessed with an abundance of public hunting lands that include a quarter of a million acres on both sides of the Savannah River.
Most sites are within an hour’s drive from downtown and require little more than a hunting license and wildlife management area permits available through the Georgia or South Carolina departments of natural resources.