Thurmond Lake passes on sale

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Annual passes for access to Army Corps of Engineers day-use areas at Thurmond Lake and similar facilities nationwide went on sale this week at the Thurmond Lake Visitors Center.

The 2012 passes, which cost $30, can also be purchased at visitors centers at Lake Hartwell and Lake Russell.

Corps day-use areas typically include boat launch ramps, swimming beaches and picnic areas. The annual day-use pass does not affect campground use and fees.

All recreation areas at Russell Lake are leased to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, so a Corps pass is not required for boat ramps and recreation areas on Lake Russell.

The new passes are valid 12 months from date of purchase and can be used at any Corps-managed day-use area in the nation.

Alternative locations for purchasing passes in the J. Strom Thurmond Lake project area include Augusta Marine in Augusta, Sportsman’s Corner in North Augusta, Cliatt’s Crossing in Lincolnton, and West Marine in Martinez.

Annual passes sold in 2012 will have a 2013 expiration date sticker. Visitors should hang the pass from the vehicle’s rearview mirror so the expiration date on the decal will show.

For more information, contact the Thurmond Lake Visitor Center at 1-800-533-3478.


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