South Carolina Watersheds - Savannah River Basin

In South Carolina, the Savannah River Basin is described in two sections - the Upper Savannah River Basin and the Lower Savannah River Basin.

The Upper Savannah River Basin encompasses seven (7) watershed and 1,164 square miles, and it is predominately within the Piedmont Region of the state. It incudes 744.798 acres. There are approximately 1,341 stream miles and 43,677 acres of lake waters in the basin.

The Lower Savannah River Basin encompasses fifteen (15) watershed, 2,123 square miles, and geographic regions that extend from the Piedmont to the Sandhills to the Upper and Lower Coastal Plains and on into the Coastal Zone. It includes 1.3 million acres.

The Savannah River flows out of the Hartwell Dam and into Lake Russell, where it accepts drainage from the Rocky River (Lake Secession, Wilson Creek). It then flows out of the Richard B. Russell Dam and into Lake J. Strom Thurmond, where it accepts drainage from the Little River and Long Cane Creek. The Savannah River flows out of the Thurmond Dam and is restricted again by the Stevens Creek Dam, forming Stevens Creek Reservoir. Stevens Creek accepts drainage from Turkey Creek (Beaverdam Creek) and enteres the Savannah River prior to the dam. Downstream of the Stevens Creek Dam, the river accepts drainage from Horse Creek, Hollow Creek, Upper Three Runs, and Lower Three Runs (Par Pond). The Savannah River continues to flow along the border between South Carolina and Georgia until it reaches the city of Savannah, GA, where it drains into the Atlantic Ocean.


Click Here for a .pdf file showing maps of all the watersheds within the Savannah River Basin. This also includes a comprehensive listing of all rivers, streams, and lakes with the Savannah River Basin.


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