Thurmond Lake's Little River Marina stirs investor interest

Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012 4:56 PM
Last updated 9:34 PM
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An opportunity to lease and redevelop the former Little River Marina site at Thurmond Lake attracted 18 interested parties Tuesday during a “pre-proposal site visit” organized by the Army Corps of Engineers.

“Interest has definitely been higher than expected,” corps spokesman Billy Birdwell said. “We do expect to have a new leaseholder who can move this place ahead.”

The marina, in Columbia County’s Leah community, was closed Dec. 27 after the corps opted not to renew the lease of Pam Bugg, whose family had operated the marina since 1986.

Improvements such as docks, boat storage, cabins and other amenities were left behind on the corps-owned property when the business closed and will be remodeled or demolished by the next owner, according to a notice of availability offering interested parties a chance to submit proposals through Feb. 3.

In addition to those who visited the marina for Tuesday’s site tour, at least two other interested parties have contacted corps officials to express an interest, Birdwell said.

The Little River site is one of six commercial marina sites authorized in the lake’s master plan.

Other marinas at the lake are Plum Branch Yacht Club, Rayesville, Tradewinds, Savannah Lakes Village and Soap Creek. All are on corps land leased to the marina operators.

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crackerjack 01/17/12 - 09:37 pm
I think that any investment

I think that any investment in a Marina Property on Lake Thurmond should be tied to maintaining a certain lake level to promote recreation with the only exception being an extreme drought. It is a crime that lake Hartwell, which has little recreation and marinas, and potential to host Major fishing tournaments, and other Major activities, is kept at a level that is much closer to full pool than Lake Thurmond.

augusta citizen
augusta citizen 01/18/12 - 10:17 pm
Lots of interest? Has the

Lots of interest? Has the other Lake Thurmond development Stillwater Coves done anything? Can't imagine much happening in this economy.

David Parker
David Parker 01/19/12 - 05:25 pm
talk about hitting the nail

talk about hitting the nail on the head. Water level is essential. At this stage of the game, a new proprietor won't know whether to build a 60 ft boat ramp or 160 ft. and the Corp intends for the marina to have recreation and food and beverage onsite. Water level that drops the way it has for so many years is difficult to work with. constantly shifting the slips to keep the boats floating and not settling in mud. Any type of landscaping will have to generic. You certainly don't want to make a bench for fishing 50 yards from the water's edge.

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