Group Picnic Shelter Reservations Extended at Hartwell Lake

USACE, Savannah District
Published Sept. 25, 2023

HARTWELL, GA. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District’s, Hartwell Lake Project Office, announces Group Picnic Shelter Reservations have been extended at Big Oaks and Broyles Recreation Areas. 

Big Oaks and Broyles Group Shelters are now reservable for use through October 31.  Group shelters are ideal for birthday parties, family reunions, meetings, and other group outings. In the past, the picnic shelters were unable to be reserved for use in October, but due to increased popularity this year, these shelters are available past the end of the normal recreation season.

Both picnic shelters are near the lake and feature large cooking grills, tables, electricity, water, and shelter lighting.  There are restrooms, playgrounds, and a boat launching ramp within each park, as well as a swim beach area at Broyles. 

Shelters must be reserved at least three days in advance and may be reserved up to a year in advance. 

Big Oaks Recreation Area Group Shelter is located at 5823 Dam Road, Hartwell, Ga., and costs $150.  There is a $5 ramp use fee for those launching boats. 

Broyles Recreation Area Group Shelter is located at 200 Smyzer Road, Townville, S.C., and costs $75.  There is a $5 area use fee for each vehicle entering Broyles.

Group shelter reservations for Big Oaks and Broyles, as well as picnic shelters at other Army Corps’ managed recreation areas on Hartwell Lake, can be made online at or by calling 877-444-6777.

For general information about group picnic shelters, please contact the Hartwell Project Office toll-free at 888-893-0678 or 706-856-0300.


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Cheri Pritchard
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