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Lake Hartwell

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Sun up to sun down, daily


9 a.m. - 5 p.m., daily April-Oct. and 11 a.m. - noon & 4 - 5 p.m., daily Nov.-March

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$3 adults; $1.50 SC seniors; $1 children age 6-15; age 5 & younger free

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Pets are allowed in Carolina Camper Cabins 1, 2 and 5. They are not allowed in any others. Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.

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Lake Hartwell State Park


Things To Do

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

  • Fishing: Yes
  • Freshwater Fishing: Yes
  • Boating and Boat Access: 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.

  • Boating: Yes
  • Boat Ramp: Yes
  • Wireless Internet Access: Complimentary wi-fi is available at the park visitor center for park guests.

  • Playground Equipment: Yes
  • Park Store/Gift Shop: The park visitor center is open year-round and includes limited grocery items, camping supplies, clothing and other souvenirs.

  • Picnic Shelters: Yes
  • Playground: There are two playgrounds located on the park for visitor use. One is located in the day-use area and the other in the campground.

  • Swimming: Swimming is permitted in Lake Hartwell at your own risk. There is no designated swimming area and no lifeguards on duty.

  • Bird Watching: Bird watching is best suited along the park nature trail. Various birds can be spotted including hawks, owls and other birds of prey.

  • Geocaching: Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. For more information visit the official geocaching website.

  • Birding: Yes
  • Walking/Nature Trails: There is a 3/4-mile nature trail located on the park.

  • Hiking: Yes


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