Lake Hartwell

  • Camping. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages 9 campgrounds at Lake Hartwell with a total of 524 campsites. Many of the campgrounds include restrooms, showers, boat ramps, playgrounds, electric and water hook ups, courtesy docks, group camping, and designated swimming areas.[10]
  • Biking trail. The Corps of Engineers Lake Hartwell office partnered with the Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) to build a 7.6-mile multi-purpose trail at the Paynes Creek Campground area.[10]
  • Fishing. Hartwell is home to many different types of fish including largemouth bass, bream, hybrid and striped bass, crappie, white bass, trout, and walleye.[11]
  • Swimming. The lake is suitable for swimming but there have been over 200 deaths on the lake through the years.[11]
  • Water sports. The Lake is a venue for a variety of sports such as tubing, waterskiing, and wake boarding.[11]
  • Boating. Boating is a huge part of the recreation side of Lake Hartwell. There are five marinas along the lake, including Clemson Marina, Big Water Marina, Harbor Light Marina, Hartwell Marina, and Portman Marina. Also along the lake are many boat ramps.[11]
  • Wildlife. There are more than 250 species of birds and 40 different mammals around Lake Hartwell. In addition there are numerous aquatic, reptile and amphibian species there too. Some wildlife one may find includes wood ducks, chickadees, blue birds, screech owls, flying squirrels, wild turkeys, snakes, raccoons, and the great blue heron. Occasionally one may see a deer swimming across the water or drinking at the shore, even black bears have been spotted on the lake.[11


There are five commercial marinas on this lake, which borders Pickens, Oconee and Anderson Counties. All of the marinas have launching ramps, and some have boat rentals available. In addition, there are dozens of launching ramps dotted throughout the shorelines of the lake. The lake comprises nearly 56,000 acres of water. It was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1955 and 1963.

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