Hartwell Dam & Lake

Recreation Areas


When it’s time for outdoor recreation, Americans head for the water. The Corps’ many lakes, rivers, and beaches offer everyone fun, fitness, rest and relaxation. Also, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is America’s first choice for water-based recreation; one of every ten Americans will visit a Corps lake this year.

Hartwell Lake is consistently one of the top 5 most visited Corps sites in the U.S., and offers a variety of recreational opportunities. Outdoor water-related recreation abounds at Hartwell Lake. Swimmers delight in the sand beaches and designated swim areas located in the many Corps recreation areas and campgrounds along the shoreline. The lake affords the avid sports fisherman and the weekend angler equal opportunities for a rewarding fishing experience. Coves and quiet water areas provide the water skier with excellent locations to pursue this sport. Hartwell Lake appeals to all boaters, whether their specialty is canoeing, sailing, or motor boating. Picnicking with your family and friends, sightseeing, and other outdoor experiences can also be enjoyed at the many public recreation areas located around the lake.

Hartwell Lake, as a public recreation lake, is provided for the use and enjoyment of our visitors. However, each year, needless injuries and deaths occur as a result of swimming and boating related accidents - most of which are preventable. To insure your enjoyment, you should observe all water safety precautions, as well as applicable federal, state, and local laws when using the lake’s waters for swimming, boating, and other activities.