The Web site for Clarks Hill Lake’s newest commercial marina is “under construction,” but the project’s owners still have much to accomplish before ground is broken.
“The site assessment and engineering are currently being conducted, and this must be done prior to any site preparation and construction of facilities,” said Russell Wicke, a spokesman for the Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the reservoir.
The Columbia County site, former known as Little River Marina, was leased last June to Classic City Marinas of Athens, Ga., whose other facilities include Sinclair Marina near Milledgeville, Ga., where a $5.5 million renovation recently was completed.
According to the company’s Web site, the new facility at Clarks Hill Lake, also known as Lake Thurmond, will be called Thurmond Marina.
Under the terms of the lease with the corps, the site eventually will include new docks with mooring capability, increased parking for day visitors, large boat trailer parking stalls, a modern dry-storage facility with launching/recovery system for dry-storage boats and above-ground fuel storage and dispensing systems.
The company’s owner, Mike Jansen, has said future phases could include a store and perhaps a restaurant.
Corps officials continue to work with the new operator to make sure the area is carefully studied before final design plans and construction can begin.
“The project has proposed stages of construction and amenity development,” Wicke said. “The time lines have not changed and Phase 1 of the development plan is proceeding normally.”
In addition to the planned Thurmond Marina and Sinclair Marina, the company also operates Crooked Creek Marina in Eatonton, Ga., and Clemson Marina on Lake Hartwell near Seneca, S.C.