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Lake Hartwell


Lake Hartwell

Town(s): Anderson SC, Westminster SC, Seneca SC, Lavonia GA, Fair Play SC, Hartwell GA, Clemson SC, Townville SC, Central SC, Lavonia SC, Starr SC, Martin GA

Size: 56000 acres
Average Depth: 40 feet
Maximum Depth: 185 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Boating Comments:
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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One of the jewels of the Southeast, Lake Hartwell’s 56,000 acres of water and 963 miles of shoreline make it a favored spot for recreation. Another 25,000 acres surrounding the lake is devoted to easily accessible recreation facilities.

After hosting a boatload of professional bass tournaments over the past few years. Lake Hartwell is now widely recognized as one of the top fishing lakes in the country.

Lake Hartwell is a man-made reservoir bordering Georgia and South Carolina and encompassing parts of the Savannah, Tugaloo, and Seneca rivers. Lake Hartwell is one of the southeast's largest recreation lakes. The lake was created by the construction of the Hartwell Dam, completed in 1962 and located on the Savannah River seven miles (11 km) below the point at which the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers join to form the Savannah. Extending 49 miles (79 km) up the Tugaloo and 45 miles (72 km) up the Seneca at normal pool elevation, the lake comprises nearly 56,000 acres (230 km²) of water with a shoreline of 962 miles (1,548 km). The entire Hartwell "Project" contains 76,450 acres (309 km²) of land and water. I-85 bisects Hartwell Lake and makes the area easily accessible to visitors.

Nine campgrounds, with a total of 524 campsites, are also part of the offerings at Lake Hartwell. Many of the campgrounds include restrooms, showers, boat ramps, playgrounds, electric and water hook up, courtesy docs, group camping, and designated swimming areas.

It's little wonder, the word is getting out about Lake Hartwell, especially when it comes to fishing. In addition to Smallmouth and Largemouth bass, Hartwell has provided an amazing habitat for Striped Bass, Bream, Catfish, Walleye and even the occasional trout.

Water Quality: No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fishing Comments: Abounding with largemouth and spotted bass, Hartwell also boasts hardy populations of striped bass, hybrid bass, black crappie, bream, trout and stocked walleye. Only the black bass will interest FLW Tour competitors, but it’s the environment in which these fish roam that most anglers appreciate.
Fish Species: Bullheads, White Bass, Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Channel Catfish, Brown Bullhead, Bluegill

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments:
Parking Spaces: More than 40

Shoreline Development: 25-50%