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Lake Hartwell


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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Lake Hartwell is a large reservoir located on the Savannah, Tugaloo, and Seneca Rivers in South Carolina. It was created by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) with the construction of the Hartwell Dam from 1955-1962 and is currently owned by USACE. The lake stretches 56 miles across the South Carolina Georgia border and comprises nearly 56,000 acres. It is the largest lake on the Savannah River.

The Hartwell Dam Project was intended to control flooding, generate hydroelectricity, improve navigation, recreation and serve as a water-supply source for both Georgia and South Carolina. The project utilized a variety of features including a main dam, two powerhouses, a spillway and navigation locks. Lake Hartwell is filled with water from the Tugaloo River, Seneca River and Savannah River.

Today, Lake Hartwell is one of the most popular recreational areas in South Carolina. Visitors can enjoy all kinds of outdoor activities such as fishing, boating, swimming, camping, and hiking. Lake Hartwell is home to some of the best bass fishing in the state. The lake has hosted the Bass Master Classic along with many other professional and semi-professional tournaments. There are numerous marinas and boat launches on the lake for visitors to use. Visitors can also enjoy picnics or explore nature trails around the lake.

Lake Hartwell offers something for everyone looking for an outdoor adventure. Whether it is fishing, swimming, or simply relaxing on the lake, Lake Hartwell provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy its beauty and all that it has to offer. Visitors should check out the USACE website for a complete list of recreational activities available on Lake Hartwell.




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