Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area

Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area entrance sign
This scenic park is located on the banks of Lake Hartwell—one of the southeast’s largest (56,000 acres of water with over 950 miles of shoreline) and most popular public recreation lakes. The Park has 680 acres with 14 miles of shoreline and is a popular destination for fisherman, campers and nature lovers.

Camper and Tent

cabin tents at recreation areaWith 115 RV and tent campsites with water and electrical, 13 walk-in tent sites, shower and restroom facilities and a dump station, it’s a great location for vacationers. There are also a couple cabin-tents available for rent that have charming views of the lake. The campsites are spread in two separate areas of the park giving maximum views of the lakes. The boat ramps give easy access to the water for all the favorite water activities.

site map of Lake Hartwell Recreation Area

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Boat ramp area

There is a boat ramp at the north end of the park for easy access by campers and another at the south end of the park for day visitors.

Pontoon boat parked on beach near camp site
Lake Hartwell is a well-known bass fishing lake hosting many regional and local fishing tournaments and a great place for the weekend fisherman to catch his or her limit. Crappie, bream and catfish are also plentiful. And the Park store has a bait shop—very handy

picnic shelter and basket ball court

The Park includes hiking trails, picnic areas, a picnic shelter, basketball court and playground equipment as well.

administration building

Located on Hwy 11 just north of I-85, Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area is easily accessible and it is the only state or county park in Oconee County that utilizes Lake Hartwell. Visit for a day or week or more and enjoy this beautiful Lake and all the amenities of the park.

For more information and reservations call toll-free 1-866-345-PARK or make it online by clicking Park Reservation

Hours: 11 a.m. -noon and 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. (extended during Daylight Savings Time from 9a.m. - 7 p.m.)

Office Hours: 11 a.m. -noon and 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. (extended during Daylight Savings Time from 9a.m. - 7 p.m.)

Days and Hours of Operation: During Standard Time: Su-Th 7am-6pm; F-Sa 7am-8pm
During Daylight Saving Time: Su-Th 6am-8pm; F-Sa 6am-9pm

Admission: $2 adults; $1.50 SC seniors; 15 & under free