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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, the authorized purposes are flood risk management, water quality, water supply, downstream navigation, hydropower production, fish and wildlife protection, and recreation. 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 [READ MORE].

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SAVANNAH, Ga. – Shoreline use rules for Hartwell Lake and Thurmond Lake in northeast Georgia and northwest South Carolina will change effective Jan. 1, 2016, according to Corps of Engineers officials here.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The new year ushers in changes to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Savannah District fee structure for recreation day use at boat launches and swimming beaches managed by USACE. Fees for USACE annual passes to these facilities will also change.
Due to recent above-normal rainfall in the upper Savannah River Basin, Savannah District anticipates a need to operate the spillway gates early on the morning of Dec. 31 at the three major dams in the Savannah River system: Hartwell Dam, Richard B. Russell Dam and J. Strom Thurmond Dam.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The US Army Corps of Engineers, Hartwell Lake Office will hold a special deer hunt in cooperation with the Paralyzed Veterans of America Nov. 23 - 24 at the Quarry Hunting Area. The area is located adjacent to the Hartwell Operations Project Manager’s Office near the intersection of Highways 181 & 29 in Georgia. The Corps will temporarily close the area for general public hunting to accommodate the hunt.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Day use fees will be waived on recreation areas at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Thurmond and Hartwell lakes for veterans, active and reserve component service members, and their families on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District will waive all day use fees for visitors during Fee-Free Day Sept. 26, held in conjunction with National Public Lands Day. NPLD volunteers are additionally eligible to receive a fee-free coupon valid for one year from the issue date.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District invites fourth-graders and their families to partake in the Every Kid in a Park initiative at Hartwell and Thurmond lakes. The newly launched federal program will provide all fourth-grade students and their families with free admission to Savannah Corps’ recreational areas and more than 2,000 federally managed sites nationwide.
SAVANNAH, Ga. –The three reservoirs on the Savannah River operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered the first drought level early Sunday morning when pool elevation at J. Strom Thurmond Lake dipped to 325.91 feet above mean sea level (ft-msl). Entering Trigger Level 1 activates the Corps’drought management plan which limits the discharge rate from the Thurmond Dam.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell Lake Office will open four recreation areas for archery and small game hunting during the regular 2015-2016 Georgia hunting season. These areas include:
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell Project Office will close the walking trail located above the South Carolina earthen embankment section of the dam beginning Monday, Aug. 17. The area, located in Anderson County, South Carolina, will be closed for routine maintenance activity and is expected to re-open by Aug. 21.
HARTWELL LAKE, Ga. – Lake Hartwell Clean Up Green Up efforts are still underway though the initial cleanup event has ended. The Savannah Army Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell Lake Office and the Lake Hartwell Association (LHA) invite local residents, scout groups, civic clubs, and other potential volunteers to join year-round efforts in maintaining a clean and inviting environment for all lake visitors.
This summer, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District is giving the public another reason to be safe while enjoying the great outdoors.
The rain event that occurred Sunday, April 19, caused both Hartwell and Thurmond to exceed the limits of conservation storage (almost simultaneously) as water levels rose into flood storage territory. As of this writing, Hartwell’s elevation has climbed more than six inches above the conservation threshold (660.51 feet above mean sea level) and Thurmond follows close behind.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – Spring’s arrival signals the renewal of Lake Hartwell’s annual cleanup initiative, Clean Up Green Up, occurring April 18-25. The Savannah District Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell Lake Office and the Lake Hartwell Association (LHA) collaborate to usher in this new effort.

 

SAVANNAH, Ga. – This spring Hartwell Lake will host the annual cleanup initiative and usher in a new effort to revamp the annual fall tradition. Lake Hartwell’s new cleanup campaign, Clean Up Green Up, typically held in conjunction with National Public Lands Day, leaps forward to April 18-25 in conjunction with Earth Day. For additional info click here.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – New 2015 annual passes for day use recreation areas are now available for purchase at the Corps’ Savannah District's three dam and lake projects — lakes Hartwell, Richard B. Russell, and J. Strom Thurmond.
SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell and Thurmond Lake Project Offices will accept natural Christmas trees for recycling Dec. 26 through Feb. 15, 2015 at Hartwell and Dec. 20 through Jan. 8, 2015 at Thurmond.

HARTWELL LAKE, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District announces two options for winter camping at Hartwell Lake.

Watsadler Campground in Hartwell, Georgia, and Twin Lakes Campground in Pendleton, South Carolina, are currently open until Nov. 30. Beginning Dec.1, designated areas are open for the winter months at both campgrounds. Each campground features electric and water hook-ups, restrooms with showers, dump stations, boat ramps, playgrounds, and staffed entrance gates.

“Many people enjoy the cooler temperatures that we have this time of year and the majority of the campsites even come with a lake view,” said Natural Resource Specialist Tanya Grant. “The campgrounds also tend to be less crowded in the fall and winter, especially on weekdays.”

The Corps recommends campsite reservations up to six months in advance through the National Recreation Reservation Service online at www.Recreation.gov or toll-free at 877-444-6777.
For questions about Hartwell Lake campgrounds, please contact the Hartwell Dam & Lake office at 706-856-0300 or 1-888-893-0678.

The Hartwell Dam Quarry hunting area will temporarily close to the general public Nov. 17 – 20, to accommodate a special deer hunt for the Paralyzed Veterans of America.  

The area is located adjacent to GA Highways 181 and 29 near the Hartwell Lake Project Office.

All other designated recreation areas for archery and small game hunting during the 2014-2015 hunting season will remain open to the public.

For more information, contact the Hartwell Lake office at 1-888-893-0678.

ELBERTON, Ga. – Representatives from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Southeastern Power Administration (SEPA), and Duke Energy signed a new operating agreement today defining how water resources will be shared among the Duke Energy and Corps reservoirs in the Savannah River Basin. This operating agreement will increase drought tolerance within the watershed and promote conservation efforts.
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The three reservoirs on the Savannah River operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers entered the first drought level today when pool elevation at J. Strom Thurmond Lake dipped briefly to 325.85 feet above mean sea level (ft-msl). Entering Trigger Level 1 activates the Corps’ drought management plan which limits the discharge rate from the Thurmond Dam.

                       

Contact Information

Hartwell Lake Office
5625 Anderson Hwy
Hartwell, GA 30643-5259

Phone Numbers
706-856-0300 or toll free at
1-888-893-0678

Hartwell Dam and Lake