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Clarks Hill Lake

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Windsurfing and Kiteboarding on Clarks Hill Lake

General Information

Whitecap Windsurfing has a very thorough description of Clarks Hill windsurfing sites Whitecap Windsurfing

Recommended Wind Directions

NW: yes | N: yes | NE: yes

W: yes | Wind center.png | E: yes

SW: yes | S: yes | SE: yes

Northwest North Northeast
West Wind center.png East
Southwest South Southeast

Legacy Directions

About 2.5 hrs. Thanks to club member Renee Jenkins. From I-20 take exit 61, turn left onto Hwy 221. You will pass through a small town called Appling, stay on 221. You will come to a 4 way stop sign, stay on 221.

Go appr. 4 miles to Lake Springs Rec. Area for N, NE, E, SE, and S. Don't get your hopes up for these directions. (ed. note: look at Pete's directions below for East)

For NW, W, SW, and S stay on 221, you will cross the dam and the road ends. Turn left onto hwy 28/221 go .9 miles and turn left. (there is a boat ramp sign directily to your right). This winding road takes you straight to the water.

From the exit to the last set of directions is only 20 minutes max.

Pete Wolfinger also gave us some directions but this is the "scenic" route (ie takes longer).

Take I20 to Augusta, and get off at Exit 66. Turn right at the light, onto Riverwatch Parkway. Go under I20, and the light there. Two lights later, turn right onto Fury's Ferry Road (Highway 28). Drive approximately 19 miles to the intersection of Highway 150 at Clarks Hill. Stop there and check the wind. If it's between SSW and NNW (or shifting that way), go straight. If it's anything from N around to SSE, turn left. If it's due South, wait at the intersection until it changes! If you chose to go straight, drive less than 2 miles and take the first paved road (not marked) to the left. Follow it back Scott's Ferry. Lots of parking, great rigging area, boat ramp launch, and the Corps on the SC side actually likes us. If you chose to turn left, go across the dam. As soon as you get across the dam, check your watch. If it's Winter, stop and park on the right side of the road so you can sail from that sandy beach you see down there (because Lake Springs Park/Center Point is probably closed). If it isn't Winter, go approximately 2 miles past the dam to the sign for Lake Springs Park. Turn right, and stay to your right until you get to the guard shack. Go straight back to Center Point. Lots of parking, great rigging area, picnic tables, bathrooms, stairs down to the water, and the Corps on the GA side hasn't arrested me yet. (Pete and the Corps used to have a cozy relationship back in the days of the mandatory PFD law.) -Pete Wolfinger

Pete also mentions that the Augusta Sailing Club has a good launch for East winds if you know a member.

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