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Attention: Hesters Ferry campground opened for the 2014 recreation season on April 2.
Reservations can be made by calling the campground directly or going online.
Hesters Ferry 706-359-2746


Status: Closed through Sat Apr 19 2014   Season Dates


Hesters Ferry Campground is located next to Fishing Creek, where it joins J. Strom Thurmond Lake. The 70,000 acre lake and its 1,000+ miles of shoreline provide excellent boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing, hiking and picnicking.

Natural Features:

Hot, humid summers and mild, pleasant winters characterize this heavily wooded area on the shore of Thurmond Lake. A mixed pine and hardwood forest covers the site, providing summer shade and fall color.

Wildlife is abundant around the lake. Visitors regularly see southern bald eagles, migratory waterfowl, wild turkeys and whitetail deer.


Thurmond Lake provides some of the best fishing, hunting, and water sports in the southeastern United States, and it's reported that the best fishing on the lake is right here at Hesters Ferry. Anglers fish for largemouth bass, bream, crappie, catfish and striped bass.


This waterfront campground contains 16 sites with electrical and water hookups and 10 primitive sites. Other amenities include flush toilets, drinking water, showers and a dump station.

Nearby Attractions:

Numerous parks and recreation areas lie around Thurmond Lake, providing additional boating, swimming, hunting, and hiking opportunities. Nearby cities house museums, art galleries, zoos, restaurants and shopping areas.

The Augusta National Golf Club hosts the Masters Golf Tournament annually the first week of April.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Flush Toilets
  • Pay Phone
  • Showers
  • Trash Collection
Know Before You Go
  • Gates open at 7 a.m. and close at 10 p.m.
  • Visitor hours end at 9:30 p.m.
  • Alcohol is prohibited
  • Scooters, ATVs, and golf carts are prohibited; persons with disabilities may make special arrangements by providing appropriate documentation at the gate house
  • Check out time is 2 p.m.
  • For current lake conditions, contact 1-800-533-3478 ext. 1147
  • Getting There:

    GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
    33.93543, -82.5404
    33°56'8"N, 82°32'25"W

    From Lincolnton, GA, go 12 miles north on HWY 79. Turn east onto HWY 44; follow the signs for 2 miles to the park.

    Contact Information:

    Mailing Address:

    TIGNALL GA 30668

    Phone Number:

    Information: (706)359-2746