Lake Hartwell

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There’s no better place to enjoy the sunny days and starry nights of the Upstate than Lake Hartwell. The largest man-made lake in South Carolina, Hartwell is a 56,000-acre playground for boaters, fishermen, swimmers, skiers, golfers and just about anyone who loves the outdoors.


The lake, which straddles the borders of Georgia and South Carolina, was created in 1962 when the Hartwell Dam was completed on the Savannah River. It is fed by the Tugaloo and Seneca rivers and is a part of the Hartwell Hydroelectric Project.


With more than 962 miles of shoreline, Hartwell is one of the Southeast’s most popular recreation lakes. The lake is known for its striped bass, largemouth bass and crappie fishing. But it’s also a great place to simply relax and enjoy the scenery.