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HuntingHunting Information

Many areas of public land and water around Hartwell Lake are open to hunting in accordance with Title 36, Part 327, Rules and Regulations Governing Water Resources Development Projects, and Georgia and South Carolina state hunting regulations, however, many areas are not suitable for hunting due to the narrowness of the lands and the close proximity to private development. Hunting is not allowed in developed public recreation areas (whether open or closed) except as listed below. The islands on Hartwell Lake are open for hunting in accordance with state hunting regulations and seasons. However, in the interest of safety, big game hunters are encouraged to use archery equipment while hunting on the islands.

License Requirements

All hunting regulations, license requirements, and seasons set by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources apply while hunting on Corps lands and waters. Information on seasons and regulations is available from the appropriate state department of natural resources office. Georgia and South Carolina do not have a reciprocal agreement concerning hunting licenses. You must have a resident or nonresident license from the state in which you hunt. Additionally, a Corps of Engineers permit is required for hunting at the Hartwell Dam Quarry Area and the South Carolina River Area and is available at no cost from the Hartwell Dam & Lake Office and Visitor Center.

Hunting in Corps Recreation Areas

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers opens some of its larger recreational areas on Hartwell Lake to archery hunters and small game hunting during the regular Georgia and South Carolina state hunting season. These areas include:

South Carolina River, (PDF)
    Anderson Co., SC (250 acres)

Glenn Ferry Park, (PDF)
    Anderson Co., SC (211 acres)

Weldon Island Park, (PDF)
    Anderson Co., SC (138 acres)

Choestoea Park, (PDF)
    Oconee Co., SC (369 acres)

Paynes Creek Park, (PDF)
    Hart Co., Ga. (399 acres)

Hartwell Dam Quarry, (PDF)
    Hart Co., Ga. (400 acres)


There are numerous other small access areas that are open to archery hunting for deer, turkey & small game.  These areas include:

  • New Prospect Access Area in Hat County, GA (34 Acres)
  • Jenkins Ferry Access Area in Stephens County, GA (31 Acres)
  • Apple Island Access Area in Anderson County, SC (107 Acres)
  • Asbury Access Area in Anderson County, SC (27 Acres)
  • Denver Access Area in Anderson County, SC (19 Acres)
  • Townville Access Area in Anderson County, SC (23 Acres)
  • River Forks Access Area in Anderson County, SC (182 Acres) Note: Hunting is not permitted in the closed recreation area.
  • Camp Creek Access Area in Anderson County, SC (48 Acres)
  • Martin Creek Access Area in Oconee County, SC (60 Acres) 

A permit is required from the Corps of Engineers, Hartwell Lake, to hunt in the SC River Area and Quarry Area and will be available at no cost from the Hartwell Project Office beginning in lat August each year.

Hunting for deer and turkey will be permitted during seasons as set by the state and will be restricted Archery Equipment Only.  Firearms are prohibited during deer and turkey season.

Hunting in developed recreation areas except as listed above is prohibited. 

No permanent stands can be constructed on Corps of Engineers property.  Climbing stands, lock-on stands, ladder stands & ground blinds can be used, but must be removed on the last day of deer and turkey season.

Small game hunting is allowed in all areas listed above, but only after the deer season is completed.  Hunting during small game season will be permitted with shotgun only using #4 shot or smaller.

South Carolina & Georgia regulations, season, bag limits, license requirements, etc. will be strictly enforced.

Feral Hog hunting is allowed on Hartwell Project Lands all year.  A special permit must be requested to hunt hogs outside the regular deer and turkey seasons.  The use of dogs is only allowed outside the state deer and turkey seasons.

Dove hunting is allowed Saturday and Wednesday only throughout the season as set be GA & SC's Department of Natural Resources.

Please contact Jess Fleming at the Hartwell Project for questions and permitting.

Natural Resources Specialist Jess Fleming:  1-888-893-0678 ext. 335 or 706-856-0335.

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