Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake


4144 Russell Dam Dr.
Elberton GA 30635


  • Admission Fee: $0.00

Hours of Operation

  • Monday : 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Tuesday : 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Wednesday : 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Thursday : 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Friday : 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Saturday : 8:00am - 4:00pm
  • Sunday : 8:00am - 4:00pm
Richard B Russell Lake
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We invite you to stop by our Visitor Center located in the Operations Manager's Office approximately 4 miles south of Georgia State Highway 72 just off the Bobby Brown State Park Road. Here you can purchase maps of the lake, Golden Age or Golden Access cards, and Annual Parking Passes. We also have a variety of brochures and pamphlets that will assist you during your visit to the Richard B. Russell Lake and Dam Project. The lake covers over 26,000 surface acres with 540 miles of shoreline and has a depth of 155 feet at full pool. The lake is operated and managed by the Corps. of Engineers subsequently there are no houses cabins or other dwellings lining the lake's shore. This was in an effort to preserve the environment and its wildlife. The lake is fed by the Savannah River and Rocky River as well as Beaverdam, Coldwater, and Van Creeks. Lake Richard B. Russell is the newest of Georgia's reservoirs, it was formed when the dam located on Trotter Shoals closed in 1984.

Suitable for Ages
  • All Ages
Group Amenities
  • Group-Friendly
General Information
  • Family-Friendly
  • Free Admission
  • Open Year 'Round
Facility Amenities
  • Picnic Area
  • Maps & Brochures Available
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