Thurmond Lake rises

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Biologist Ken Boyd uses a special rake on a rope that he casts out into the water to get samples of hydrilla plants from Lake Thurmond Thursday afternoon November 17, 2011. MICHAEL HOLAHANstaff
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Sara Caldwellstaff 10-year-old Gerardo Hernandez (far right) leaps to catch a ball thrown by his sister Ibeth Hernandez (left), 12-years-old, while Alexandra Yu, 9-years-old, and Christophe Gibson, 6-years-old, play in the center of the group at a swim beach in Lake Springs Recreation Park at Strom Thurmond Lake on Thursday, June 15, 2012 near Appling, Georgia. The water level at the swim area should be at the 8 foot marker on the poles, but given the recent drought, levels are low.
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Jim laylockstaff Several fishermen fish from a bank that is underwater when the lake is at full level. Thurmond Lake is already more than five feet lower than it was this time last year — and is expected to further recede as dry conditions persist.
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Jim Blaylockstaff A couple of fishermen try their luck from a bank that is underwater when the lake is at full level. Thurmond Lake is already more than five feet lower than it was this time last year — and is expected to further recede as dry conditions persist.
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Sara Caldwellstaff Six-year-old Christophe Gibson runs for a ball at a swim beach in Lake Springs Recreation Park at Strom Thurmond Lake on Thursday, June 15, 2012 near Appling, Georgia.
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Corey PerrineStaff Friends and family pay their respect to the area where Scott Craigs boat was recovered a week ago Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at the J. Strom Thurmond Dam & Lake Visitor's Center. Close to 200 individuals paid their respects to the life of Scott Craig. A week ago today Craig went missing while fishing on the lake. His boat was recovered but his body is still missing. Currently boats that patrol the water are devoting an extra hour in the morning and one hour in the evenings in search of Scott. Local boaters have donated their time according to his mother Terri Craig.
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Sara Caldwellstaff Driftwood rests on the beach near a plastic tube which designates the swim area for individuals at a swim beach in Lake Springs Recreation Park at Strom Thurmond Lake on Thursday, June 15, 2012 near Appling, Georgia. The yellow tubing is supposed to be floating at the top of the water, but with the levels being so low, the tubing rests on the beach.
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Sara Caldwellstaff Children play a swim beach in Lake Springs Recreation Park at Strom Thurmond Lake on Thursday, June 15, 2012 near Appling, Georgia.
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Jim Blaylockstaff A couple try their luck fishing from the bank on Thurmond Lake that is under water when the lake is full. The lake is already more than five feet lower than it was this time last year — and is expected to further recede as dry conditions persist.
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Rainier EhrhardtStaff A man fishes on Lake Strom Thurmond, Thursday, March 11, 2010, in Parksville, S.C.
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Biologist Ken Boyd says that one of the ways hydrilla plants are spread is on the bottoms of boats and trailers. Signs like this one warn boaters to look for hydrilla after they remove their boats from Lake Thurmond Thursday afternoon November 17, 2011. MICHAEL HOLAHANstaff
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Rainier EhrhardtStaff Two fishermen coast near Thurmond Dam on Thursday, May 13, 2010. This year lake levels have returned to normal after years of drought.
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Rob PaveyStaff New courtesy docks at Clarks Hill Park and 14 other recreation areas at Thurmond Lake are being funded by the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act, taken Jan. 31, 2010.
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Sara Caldwellstaff Water levels are far below the 8 foot marker at a swim beach in Lake Springs Recreation Park at Strom Thurmond Lake on Thursday, June 15, 2012 near Appling, Georgia.

Description

Thurmond Lake reached official full pool during the weekend for the first time since Nov. 19, 2009. The lake dipped as low as 314.43 feet above sea level in 2012.

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