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Lake Hartwell

Lake Hartwell -- also known as Hartwell Lake -- is a reservoir that borders Georgia and South Carolina. One of this area's largest and most popular water recreation spots, Lake Hartwell is the northernmost reservoir on the Savannah River. It is located just seven miles south from where the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers meet to form the Savannah River. Millions of visitors every year enjoy camping, biking, fishing, swimming, boating, fishing, and hunting in this area.


Lake Hartwell is known for its great fishing habitat for many species. Anglers can enjoy a selection of bream, crappie, and largemouth, hybrid, and striped bass. Channel catfish also make a home here, and anglers can cast for trout in Hartwell tailwaters. Largemouth bass are native, but the most popular game fish in this lake is the striped bass (rockfish). The lake also has numerous fish attractors, located mainly along shorelines and marked by buoys. The lone fish record for this lake occurred in Georgia in 2004, with a three-pound, seven-ounce redeye bass.

Note that the State of South Carolina has a reciprocal fishing license agreement with Georgia and that all banks and waters of all channels of the Savannah River from its mouth to the confluence of the Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers and beyond to Ellicott's Rock are covered. Any angler meeting freshwater license requirements for Georgia or South Carolina may fish the banks and waters without having to obtain any other license.


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    Lake Hartwell South Carolina Coordinates:
34.4652N -82.8455W
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Surface Area:
56,000 acres
Maximum Depth:
185 ft
660 ft
Normal Water Clarity:
3 ft
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Boaters can take advantage of numerous boat ramps along Lake Hartwell's shorelines in Georgia and in South Carolina. The lake also sports five commercial marinas with launch ramps, and some marinas also offer boat rentals.


Lake Hartwell State Park in South Carolina just off I-85 near Fair Play offers every type of camping available, including unique single room camper cabins. Additionally, Sadlers Creek State Park sits on a peninsula extending into Lake Hartwell near Anderson, offering 37 lakefront campground sites. The Army Corps of Engineers also maintains five campgrounds in South Carolina at Coneross, Crescent Group Camp, Oconee Point, Springfield, and Twin Lakes.

If you'd prefer to stay in a hotel, B&B, or resort, you can find plenty of accommodations in South Carolina, especially in the area between Clemson and Anderson.

Review the Lake Resource Guide for additional lodging.


Lake Hartwell is located about halfway between Atlanta, Georgia, and Greenville, South Carolina. Lake Hartwell covers a large area, extending from north of Clemson, South Carolina, and branching into Tallulah Gorge State Park to the west and east to north of Anderson, South Carolina. It flows south to Hartwell, Georgia. Lake Hartwell covers Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens Counties in South Carolina, and Stephens, Franklin, and Hart Counties in Georgia. The more populated portion of Lake Hartwell is on the South Carolina, or eastern, shoreline.

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