About the Lake

Lake Hartwell is one of the largest and most popular lakes in the South. It was constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) between 1955 and 1963 as part of a flood control and hydro-power project, and has become one of the most visited public recreation lakes in the nation. Lake Hartwell is located in the upper Savannah River Basin on the border between northeast Georgia and upstate South Carolina. At normal pool stage, Lake Hartwell covers nearly 56,000 acres, and has a shoreline of 962 miles. For more details about the lake and the dam, the shoreline management plan, and fishing and wildlife, click on the links shown below.

Hartwell Dam & Lake Information

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