Anderson South Carolina Lake Hartwell vacation rental homes Where to Fish Lake Hartwell
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Lake Hartwell is the venue for numerous tournaments each year including the 2008 Bassmaster Classic. One of the most visited COE lakes in the country, Hartwell still gets relatively little fishing pressure. Lake Hartwell's upper end lies in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the lower end in rolling planes. Hartwell runs as deep as 204 feet at full pool elevation of 660'. Most of the shoreline is unspoiled and heavily wooded even though the area is well developed. During construction of the dam, the standing timber along the shores was removed, but trees in the main body of the lake were flooded. The result is a giant underwater forest between 10 and 100 feet deep which provides lots of cover.
Click Here for an interactive Map of the area,     USACE Fishing Page

Following is a listing of selected Fishing areas

Abernathy Park - Clemson (SC)
A linear park of just over one half mile long at College Avenue and Hwy 123. Fishing Pier, Walking Trails, Boardwalks, Observation Decks, Temporary Use Boat Docks, Rest Rooms, Playground and Pavilion. Information on use and reservations is available at Clemson Parks and Recreation, (864) 646-8755
GPS: N34.69100   W82.83761

Broyles Recreation Area (SC)     GPS: N34.513130, W82.831170

Swim Beach, Playground

Fishing Pier, Launch ramp (3 lanes)

Picnic Area & Shelter

Bruce Creek Fishing Park & Ramp (GA)   GPS: N34.55631, W83.13508

7 aluminum fishing piers
improved fish habitat
walking trail
picnic tables
updated restroom

Lake Hartwell State Park
on Lake Hartwell

Handicapped accessible Fishing Pier
Two boat ramps
Several geocaches in the park.
Two playgrounds
3/4-mile nature trail

Sadler's Creek State Park (GPS: 34.42778, -82.82246)

FISHING PIER: Large fishing pier
HIKING: Easy -mile walking trail
BIKING: 5 -mile loop bike trail
BOATING: Public boat ramp
SWIM: At your own risk
Playground, Picnic Shelters, Bird Watching, Geocaching

Tugaloo State Park & Tournament Facility  GPS: N34.497810, W83.074690
A 6 lane tournament mega-ramp is available for boat launching in addition to two smaller ramps. Fishing tournament venue.

Tennis, Volleyball, Canoe Rentals,
Bicycling, & hiking/nature trails

A 6 lane tournament mega-ramp is available
in addition to two smaller ramps.

6 Lane Mega-Ramp at Tugaloo State Park


Other Fishing piers are located at:
Singing Pines Recreation Area, Anderson Co., SC
Twin Lakes Recreation Area, Pickens Co., SC
Stephens County Recreation Area, Stephens Co., GA
Georgia River Recreation Area, Hart Co., GA
Darwin H. Wright Park, Anderson Co., SC (operated by the City of Anderson)


Tailwater is another popular pastime for catching game fish.  Rainbow trout are annually stocked by Georgia and South Carolina DNR.  Access to the tailwater is obtained by utilizing GA River Recreation Area on the Georgia side or SC River Recreation Area on the SC side.  There are 3 piers on the SC side with one being mobility impaired accessible.  There are 2 piers on the Georgia side with one being mobility impaired accessible.  Wading on the rocks and in the tailwater is permitted, but the Corps urges you to use extreme caution when doing so.  The rocks are very slippery and dangerous and the water is subject to rapid rise and turbulence when the power generators are operating.  A horn is sounded before generation begins, but is only heard within a mile of the dam.  Warning signs are posted below dam for a reminder.  The generation schedule can be obtained from the Corps by dialing a toll free number:  1-888-893-0678.


Bank Fishing is available on most of Lake Hartwell. Boat Launch ramp areas are especially convenient. Most ramps are listed on our "Location Map" Please Note that fishing off the Boaters Courtesy Docks is not permitted.