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Lake Hartwell Map & Fishing Information

Hartwell Lake is one of the southeast's largest and most popular public recreation lakes. Built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1955 and 1963 as part of a flood control, hydropower, and navigation project, authorized purposes now include recreation, water quality, water supply, and fish and wildlife management. Each year, millions of people utilize the many public parks, marinas, and campgrounds conveniently located around the lake to pursue a variety of outdoor recreational experiences - making Hartwell one of the most visited Corps lakes in the nation.
Fishing is one of the most popular wildlife related activities in the southeast and Hartwell Lake's 962 miles of shoreline and 56,000 acres of water create an excellent playground for both the experienced and novice angler. Fish species include largemouth bass, bream, crappie, catfish, striped bass and hybrid bass. Numerous recreation areas, fishing piers, and bank fishing areas provide ample fishing opportunities. Fisheries habitat improvements include the maintenance of deep water and shallow water fish attractors and felling trees into water along the shoreline.


Lake Hartwell Marinas
Hartwell Marina
Open all year - 7 days a week - 8:00 am until 5:00 pm (Closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day). Gas Dock with Pump Out. Ship's store with a full line of marine supplies, snacks, soft drinks, and ice. Clean restrooms and bath house facilities - heated and cooled - handicapped accessible. Shaded picnic area with tables. Conveniently located just two miles from town - close to service, restaurants, and supplies. Launch Ramp
Hartwell Marina
149 Hartwell Marina Road
Hartwell, GA 30643
Phone: 706-376-5441
Big Water Marina
Big Water Marina is a full service facility complete with ship's store for your nautical needs, boat brokerage, boat storage, slips, launch ramp, gas dock, repair yard, active sail club, and rental boats for fun filled adventures awaiting you on Lake Hartwell. Come join the fun of sailing on one of the largest open expanses of water in the Southeast. A very active sail club provides opportunities to race, cruise, and socialize.
Big Water Marina
320 Big Water Road
Starr, South Carolina 29684
Phone: 864.226.3339


Lake Hartwell Fishing Guides
My name is Wes Carlton and I am 36 years old. I am a native of Gainesville GA, and grew up fishing lake Sidney Lanier. Seven years ago I began guiding fishing trips for Striped Bass and Spotted Bass on lakes Lanier, and Nottely. I am a very involved, married parent of two boys 7 1/2 and 1 1/2, and enjoy teaching children about fishing. I have worked with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources on a wide array of projects. After a couple years of successful business I began to broaden my guide service. I started guiding World Class Brown Trout, Spotted Bass, and Walleye trips on Lakes Burton, Seed and Rabun. My business has really grown over the last couple of years; more than I expected. I have been fortunate enough to guide a couple of popular college ball coaches and a few television celebrities. My clients are from various regions of the United States and other countries ranging in ages 5 to 85. I am very professional and treat my customers with the utmost respect. I enjoy meeting new people every day!!! Most important "I LOVE FISHING"! Come enjoy a trip with us.
Wes Carlton
Phone: 770-318-9777
Email: getbit2@yahoo.com
Lake Hartwell Fishing and Outdoor
3455 Keith Bridge Road
Cumming, GA 30041-4084
Lake Hartwell Camping

Coneross Campground
Coneross Campground is located on the Seneca River arm of the northern end of the expansive Hartwell Lake. The campground is conveniently located near Anderson and Clemson, SC, near Hwy 24. This campground has a total of 106 sites, 94 of these sites have water/electric hook-ups, and 12 are non-hook-up primitive sites. All of the sites are spacious and mostly shaded. For your convenience, the following amenities are located within the campground: boat ramp with courtesy dock, dump station, shower/restroom facilities, playground, park attendant, and swim beach. All electric sites have standard 50-amp service. Open May 1 - Sep 30

Crescent Group Camp
This campground is ideally located on the "big water" near the Hartwell Dam. All sites are waterfront and have a breath-taking view of the lake at sunrise and sundown! The campground is divided into two loops that can be rented to two separate groups or you can reserve the entire park if your group size requires the space! This area is perfect for groups wanting to have an area all to themselves. All sites have 50-amp electric service and water spigots. Loop A has 10 sites and Loop B has 22 sites. There is a group shelter in each loop for functions and gatherings. Shower/restroom houses are located within the campground. Singing Pines Recreation Area is nearby and provides launching ramps and designated swim beaches. There is no park attendant on duty at this campground. Open May 1 - Oct. 31 by reservation only

Georgia River Recreation Area
This campground is located on the Savannah River just below the Hartwell Dam in Hart County, Georgia. It offers a great setting for primitive camping. This campground does not have electric hook-ups but does have a centrally located water spigot. Small RVís are welcome but sites are most suited for pop-ups and tents. Sites are spacious and privately located off the river. Restroom facilities are conveniently located in the park and there is access to a picnic area and two fishing piers. There is no park attendant on duty at this campground. Reservations are not accepted for this campground.

For those wishing to camp in a more primitive style, Milltown offers the perfect setting. Milltown Campground is located in Hart County, GA, and only minutes away from Hartwell, GA. This campground offers some unique camping options - sites 1-25 are single family sites and there are three group camp loops also located within the campground. The three group loops are ideal for families or groups wishing to camp together at a discounted price. Loops A and B have a shelter with 110 amp power and a water spigot. Loop A is a gated area with 10 sites. Loop B has 7 sites and Loop C has 9 sites. There are no hook-ups at this campground. Community water spigots are placed throughout the campground. The campground has the following amenities: shower/restroom facilities, water spigots, pay phone, boat ramp, courtesy dock, playground, park attendant (volunteer), and dump station. Open May 1 - Sep 8 (Thurs - Sun only)

Oconee Point Campground
This campground is located at the northern end of the lake on the Seneca River and close to Clemson, SC. This campground has 60 sites and all are equipped with electric (50-amp) and water hook-ups. Camp sites are spacious and private and located near or close to the water. Shower/restroom facilities are conveniently located in the park along with the following amenities: dump station, playground, water spigots, park attendant, swim beach, courtesy dock, and boat ramp with security lighting. May 1 - Oct. 31

Paynes Creek Campground
This campground is located on the Tugaloo River arm of Hartwell Lake in Hart Co., Georgia. Paynes Creek offers a total of 44 sites with water and electric hook-ups (50-amp service). 37 of those sites are waterfront! Shower/restroom facilities are conveniently located throughout the park as are the following amenities: dump station, playgrounds, swim beaches, pay phone, courtesy dock and boat ramp. Many sites are private with heavy vegetation growing between sites. Open May 1 - Sep 8
Springfield Campground
This campground is conveniently located only minutes away from Anderson, SC. Springfield Campground has a total of 79 sites with 75 of those sites being waterfront! All sites equipped with electric (50-amp) and water hook-ups. Springfield also has double sites for those wishing to camp together. Shower/restroom facilities are conveniently located throughout the park. Other amenities at the park include: dump station, swim beaches, playground, park attendant, and boat ramp with courtesy dock and security lighting. Open April 1 - Oct 31.

Twin Lakes
Twin Lakes Campground is one of the most popular campgrounds on Hartwell Lake. The campground is located at the northern end of the lake in SC. Clemson University is only minutes away making Twin Lakes the campground of choice for Clemson Alumni during football season! Twin Lakes has a total of 102 sites, all with electric (50-amp) and water hook-ups. Shower/restroom facilities are conveniently located throughout the park. The following amenities are also available: dump station, play grounds, swim beaches, boat ramp with courtesy dock, park attendant, and a picnic shelter. Open Apr 1 - Nov 30.

Campground is located near the Hartwell Dam overlooking the "Big Water" section of the lake. This campground has a total of 51 sites, all with electric (50-amp) & water hook ups. Almost every site (49 of them) in the campground is waterfront with a fantastic view of the lake! This campground features single and double sites. Other amenities at this campground include: shower/restroom facilities, dump station, pay phone, playgrounds, park attendant, and boat ramp with courtesy dock and security lighting. *December 1 - February 29 sites 1 - 23 open only.
Visitor Center
Hartwell Dam & Lake Office & Visitor Center

5625 Anderson Highway (U.S. Hwy 29)
Hartwell, Georgia 30643-5259
Phone: 1-888-893-0678 or 706-856-0300
Brochures, maps, displays, and information about Hartwell Lake, including wildlife, water safety, and shoreline management. Videos are available upon request (topics: water safety, history)

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