Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area

Quick Facts

Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area

South Carolina

(864) 972-3352

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Things To Do


The 914-acre Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area is a haven for fishermen of all skill levels. First, stop by the lakefront park's information center to view displays of a large variety of vintage fishing equipment. You cannot miss the 56,000-acre Lake Hartwell because it keeps its reputation for top-notch angling! Species include striped and hybrid bass, largemouth, crappie, bream and catfish. In addition to accessing the lake, the younger ones can also enjoy a playground, but that's not all! There is also a park store for guests to purchase any missing or additional items. Nature lovers can enjoy hiking, camping and unique, reasonably priced one-room camper cabins. These cabins include bunk beds, a porch and electricity (no running water or bathrooms). Campground facilities are located nearby. Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area is found just off Interstate 85 at the South Carolina-Georgia border. The area also is a gateway to South Carolina's mountain country on the Cherokee Foothills National Scenic Highway, S.C. 11.

Map of Lake Hartwell State Rec. Area (SC)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.551529, -83.049860



  • Boating

    Two boat ramps provide private boat access to Lake Hartwell. There is also a newly-installed courtesy dock in the boat launch area, now available for use.

  • Camping

    Tent and RV camping available. To make a camping reservation, call 1-866-345-PARK. Note: Camping reservations must be made for at least 2 nights. You must make a reservation request directly through the park if you request less than 1 day before check-in.

  • Fishing

    Enjoy fishing in Lake Hartwell for largemouth bass, crappie, bream, stripers, hybrid bass, catfish. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouraged.

  • RVing

    RV and tent campers enjoy 115 paved sites with individual water and electrical hook-ups.


Office Hours: 11 a.m. -noon and 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. (extended during Daylight Savings Time from 9a.m. - 7 p.m.); Days and Hours of Operation: During Standard Time: Su-Th 7am-6pm; F-Sa 7am-8pm; During Daylight Saving Time: Su-Th 6am-8pm; F-Sa 6am-9pm



From I-85: Take exit 1 onto Hwy 11 toward Walhalla. Drive ½ mile and look for park sign on the left.

Phone Numbers


(864) 972-3352

Campground reservations

(866) 345-7275