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Lake Hartwell

South Carolina

Lake Hartwell, South Carolina

Lake Hartwell real estate is considered the second largest market for lake homes and lake lots in Georgia.

There are typically 510 lake homes for sale on Lake Hartwell at any given time. The lake will usually have 750 or so lake lots and land for sale.

Lake Hartwell homes for sale have an average list price of $343,000, with many great homes at higher and lower prices. This lake is one of Georgia's largest lakes, and has a shoreline of 962 miles.

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  • 962Mi. of Shoreline
  • 45Avg. Depth
  • 185Deepest Depth
  • Shoreline Borders
    State Park (Most)
  • Dam Name
    Hartwell Dam
  • Year Built
    1955
  • Managed By US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Ownership
    Public
  • Acreage
    76,450
  • Public Boat Ramps
    45
Marinas
(864) 226-3339
320 Big Water Rd
Starr, SC 29684
(864) 653-6767
150 Seneca Marina Dr
Seneca, SC 29678
(706) 356-4119
1476 Harbor Light Marina Rd
Lavonia, GA 30553
(706) 376-5441
149 Hartwell Marina Road
Hartwell, GA 30643
Golf Courses
(706) 856-4653
140 Cateechee Trail
Hartwell, GA 30643
(706) 827-1100
111 Currahee Club Dr
Toccoa, GA 30577
(706) 376-8161
755 Golf Course Rd
Hartwell, GA 30643
Campgrounds
(800) 562-5804
200 Wham Rd
Anderson, SC 29625
(888) 459-2610
120 Carolina Landing Dr
Fair Play, SC 29643
(864) 287-3223
400 Ponderosa Point Rd
Townville, SC 29689
(864) 972-3352
19138-A South Carolina 11
Fair Play, SC 29643
(888) 893-0678
140 Winnebago Trail
Pendleton, SC 29670
  • Counties: Hart County
  • Fish: Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, Striped Bass Hybrid
  • Condos available (Yes)
  • Notable events: Lake Hartwell Music Festival, Annual Lake Hartwell Dam Run, Up-Top Riders M/C 3rd Annual Lake Hartwell Ride
  • Sailing clubs: West Carolina Sailing Club
  • Known for: Southeasts largest and most popular lake
  • History: Home of Cherokee Indian tribes
  • Landmarks: Ghost Island, Andersonville Island, Rock Quarry, Isaqueena Dam, Eighteen Mile Creek
Hospitals
(706) 356-7800
367 Clear Creek Parkway
Lavonia, GA 30553
Airports
Spartanburg-Greenville International Airport
2000 GSP Dr, Greer SC 29651
58 miles away
Anderson Regional Airport
5805 Airport Rd, Anderson, SC 29626
20 miles away
About Lake Hartwell
Easy Drive From Atlanta

One of the Southeast's largest and most popular lakes, Lake Hartwell covers almost 56,000 acres in northeast Georgia (and into South Carolina), with 962 miles of shoreline.

Lake Hartwell is bisected by Interstate 85, making Lake Hartwell only a little more than an hour away from Atlanta's northeast suburbs.

The Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is under 80 miles away for easy travel.

Depending on what side of the lake you visit, there are plenty of hospital options. St. Mary's Sacred Heart Hospital in Georgia is around 20 miles away, and AnMed Health Medical Center in South Carolina is around 40 miles away.

Excellent Fishing, Camping, Hiking, and Wildlife

The lake provides a wide variety of fish habitats, ranging from rocky bluffs on the upper Tugaloo River arm to shallow cove pockets and sandy flats in the middle and lower sections of the lake.

Bream, catfish, smallmouth bass, walleye, and largemouth bass are among the most common species, but the most popular is striped bass.

There is a wealth of camping opportunities along this large lake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers manages nine campgrounds at Lake Hartwell with a total of 524 campsites. Many include restrooms, showers, boat ramps, playgrounds, electric and water hookups, courtesy docks, group camping, and designated swimming areas.

There are more than 250 species of birds and 40 different mammals around Lake Hartwell. Also, there are numerous aquatic, reptile, and amphibian species that call this place home.

Commonly spotted wildlife includes wood ducks, chickadees, bluebirds, screech owls, flying squirrels, wild turkeys, snakes, raccoons, and the great blue heron.

Boating and Clemson Football

Boating is extremely popular on Lake Hartwell, as are its related activities, waterskiing, tubing, and wakeboarding. There are five marinas along the lake, including Clemson Marina, Big Water Marina, Harbor Light Marina, Hartwell Marina, Portman Marina, and many public boat ramps.

Clemson football games have always been a draw for boaters on Lake Hartwell. The university and stadium tower over the lake and boaters often tailgate outside during games.

The Best Place to Experience Lake Life

Whether you are looking to buy a family home, a full-time retirement residence, or find a vacation rental, Lake Hartwell is an excellent choice.