This lake in the upstate region of Georgia and South Carolina has a reputation as an excellent location for all types of outdoor recreational activities. The lake is created by Hartwell Dam located on the Savannah River seven miles below the point at which the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers join to form the Savannah River. Extending 49 miles up the Tugaloo and 45 miles up the Seneca, Hartwell Lake comprises nearly 56,000 acres of water with a shoreline of 962 miles. The Army Corps of Engineers operates 7 Class A campgrounds, 5 major day use areas as well as many other camping, picnicking and lake access areas. Campground reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777 or on the web at Hartwell Lake affords the avid sports fisherman and the weekend angler equal opportunities for a rewarding fishing experience. The Hartwell area abounds in historical lore, much of which is inherited from the Cherokee Indians and early settlers. The Project Manager's Office and Visitor Center is open 7 days a week from 8:00am to 4:30pm.


Lake Hartwell: BUILT: 1955 1963     WATER: 55,950 acres          LAND: 24,209 acres


Lake Hartwell SHORELINE: 962 miles

GA:  347 miles   36%                                            SC:   615 miles   64%                                    Oconee County:  262 miles   27%


Lake Hartwell Overall VISITATION:
10 Million Visits Per Year (10,129,800 in 1999)

$164,260,000 in visitor spending within 30 miles of the lake.

4502 jobs in the local community.


Lake Hartwell PUBLIC FACILITIES in Oconee County:

1 Marina Clemson Marina -
1 State Park LH State Park -
1 Fishing Pier
18 Boat Launching Ramps (Plus 2 in private communities)
6 Picnic Areas (Plus 2 in private communities)
4 Beach Swimming Areas (Plus 1 in private communities)
3 Playground Areas (Plus 3 in private communities)


Lake Hartwell FISHING:

License: You may fish anywhere on Lake Hartwell with a license from either Georgia or South Carolina

Lake Hartwell Fishing Guide:

SC DNR Regulations:

Certain fish are under a "Fish Consumption Advisory":


Lake Hartwell CAMPSITES in Oconee County: 656 Total

COE Parks            2              COE sites w/electric hookups            162                         COE sites w/o electric hookups         12

SC State Parks     1              SC sites w/electric hookups               117                         SC sites w/o electric hookups            13

Private Resorts     3              Private sites w/electric hookups        202                         Private sites w/o electric hookups     150


Lake Hartwell VACATION RENTAL HOMES in Oconee County:

41 Homes with a Total Capacity of 387



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