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Lake Hartwell State Park- This scenic 680-acre Upcountry state park, with its fourteen miles of shoreline on Lake Hartwell, is popular with fishermen, nature lovers and campers.
Sadlers Creek State Park- Popular with fishermen, boaters, day-users and campers, the 395-acre park is on a peninsula providing access to Lake Hartwell. Visitors enjoy its peaceful surroundings and convenient location near I-85.

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Description - This lake in the upstate region of Georgia and South Carolina has a reputation as an excellent location for many types of outdoor recreation activities. Several South Carolina and Georgia State Parks as well as several regional and county parks adjoin the lake.

Hartwell Lake is one of the Southeast's largest and most popular public recreation lakes. It was built by the Corps of Engineers between 1955 and 1963 as part of a flood control and hydropower project. Hartwell Lake is one of the top 3 most visited Corps lakes in the nation, serving about 10 million visitors annually. The area terrain ranges from gently sloping piedmont to rugged foothills. The local forests comprised mostly of mixed hardwoods interspersed with planted pine.

Recreation - This huge reservoir offers a multitude of water and land based recreation activities. Many of the activities are based at the state parks which adjoin the lake. The most popular activities include camping, boating, fishing, picnicking, and swimming.

Climate - South Carolina generally has a temperate climate, with cool winters and warm, humid summers. Snow and freezing temperatures are possible in the winter at the higher elevations. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the year but most common in the spring and summer. The recommended season for outdoor activities at Lake Hartwell is April through October.

Location - Hartwell Lake is located in the Upstate Region of South Carolina, along the South Carolina - Georgia border, near Anderson, South Carolina. The Natural Resource Management Center is located 5 miles N of Hartwell, Georgia, on US 29, or 100 miles east of Atlanta on 1-85.
Several lake access areas are easily reached from the Hartwell, Anderson, or Clemson exits on 1-85.

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Hartwell Lake, P.O. Box 278 , Hartwell, GA, 30643-0278, Phone: 706-856-0300

Additional Information:
Georgia's Lakes and Reservoirs - Georgia's Lakes and Reservoirs range from huge reservoirs covering several thousand acres, to small lakes tucked away in the Georgia countryside.
Highlands Region - This area comprises the northern quarter of the state. Gainesville is the major city within this region. The terrain in this area is lush and mountainous.
South Carolina Lakes & Reservoirs - South Carolina's lakes and reservoirs are scattered throughout the state. The lakes and reservoirs in South Carolina range from huge reservoirs to small lakes.
Upstate Region - The Upstate Region of South Carolina is located in the northwest corner of the state. It includes the cities of Greenville and Spartanburg. This is an area of high plateaus and mountains.


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