The main objective of the Hartwell Project wildlife management program is to improve wildlife habitat through, accepted forestry and wildlife management practices consistent with the multiple use objectives of the lake project. Another objective is to provide hunting opportunities at suitable locations. Wildlife viewing opportunities are also available on project lands. Wildlife management activities are coordinated with appropriate State agencies, and cooperative efforts with interested groups are also encouraged.
Currently, approximately 2500 acres of Hartwell Project land is leased to the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) for wildlife management. Beaverdam Creek Wildlife Management Area, located in Townville, is a 900 acre waterfowl management area leased to SCDNR. Waterfowl hunting is allowed in this area by drawing only.
Corps efforts to improve wildlife habitat and hunting success include the management of 27 wildlife openings around the project. These wildlife openings are planted and maintained to improve habitat for deer and turkey as well as benefit small game and non-game species. Four of these openings are managed as public dove fields. Another tool the Corps uses to benefit wildlife is through pine thinning operations around the project. Thinning practices along with the reforestation effort that includes planting hardwoods, promotes a healthy and diverse forest. The Corps also maintains 40 wood duck and 78 blue bird boxes around the project to provide adequate nesting.
All Corps land, except for developed recreation areas, is open to hunting provided all state game laws are observed. The Corps does manage some archery only areas available to the public. In South Carolina there are four areas the Corps has designated as archery only. These are SC River below the dam, Weldon Island (closed campground), Glenn Ferry (closed campground), and Choestoea. In Georgia there are two areas the Corps has designated as archery only. These are Georgia River/Quarry area and Paynes Creek Campground (after Sept 9th). A complete set of Hunting Maps are available. The SC River and Georgia River/Quarry area require a permit that is available from the Hartwell Project Office. This permit is free and must be obtained in person.
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 Hart 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 late 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 and 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 and Georgia regulations, seasons, 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.