Lake Hartwell


Lake Hartwell comprises nearly 56,000 acres of water with a shoreline of 962 miles–262 miles border Oconee County, SC.

Lake Hartwell is a man-made reservoir bordering Georgia and South Carolina.  The lake is fed by the Savannah, Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers.  It was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1955 and 1963.

Lake Hartwell is one of the top three most-visited Corps lakes in the nation, with an estimated 14 million people visiting annually! Over 20,000 acres of public land surround the lake. The northern arm of the lake borders Clemson University. Popular activities to enjoy on Lake Hartwell include: fishing, camping, boating, swimming and water sports.

The Corps of Engineers operates nine campgrounds, 15 major day-use area and numerous lake-access points.  Lake Hartwell State Recreation Area is sought after for camping and boating, as are Coneross and Oconee Point Campgrounds, which are located on the Seneca River at the northern end of the lake.

Public Access Points:

  • Carolina Landing
  • Choestoa Park Landing
  • Coneross Creek Boat Ramp
  • Fairplay Landing
  • Friendship Boat Ramp
  • Holders Boat Landing
  • Lawrence Bridge Boat Ramp
  • Martin Creek Landing
  • Mullins Ford Landing
  • Seneca Creek Landing
  • South Union Landing
  • Tabor Boat Ramp
  • Timberland Landing


Chauga River

A 31 mile long tributary of the Tugaloo River that flows south to Lake Hartwell. The Chauga River offers much of the same scenic beauty and cool waters found nearby on the Chattooga River. Anglers like the Chauga River and often catch rainbow trout, brown trout, chubs, and redeye bass. Depending on the water level, sections of the Chauga are popular for whitewater kayaking. Good access and parking are available off Cassidy Bridge Road in Mountain Rest.
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Clemson Lake Rentals

Seneca, SC
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Three vacation rental homes on Lake Hartwell near Clemson University. The homes are perfect for football weekends, wedding events, work related travel, spoiling your special student or just visiting your favorite alma mater.


Clemson Marina

A full-service marina located on Lake Hartwell directly across the lake from Clemson University. Service center with a Master Certified Mechanic on staff. They offer pontoon boat rentals, as well as wet and dry stack storage. The Grill at Clemson Marina features outdoor dining and a unique tailgating experience for the college football season.


Fishski Business, LLC

Guided fishing on Lake Hartwell and Lake Jocassee with Captain Steve Pietrykowski. Hartwell is a great choice for families or even a corporate outing. Multiple fishing boats for large groups can be arranged. Captain Steve offers day and night guided fishing on Lake Jocassee, which is the only major lake in South Carolina that has an abundant trout population.


Hampton Inn & Suites

The Hampton Inn & Suites Seneca-Clemson Area is just a short drive from numerous local restaurants and golf courses and many beautiful lakes, state parks, and waterfalls. Seneca attractions including Clemson University, Lake Hartwell, the World of Energy and the Blue Ridge Mountains are easily accessible.


Lake Hartwell State Park

Just off of I-85, at the South Carolina-Georgia border, you’ll find Lake Hartwell State Park. Thanks to 56,000-acre Lake Hartwell, fishing in this area is renowned by anglers across the state. Attractions: Unique Single Room Camper Cabins, 128 Camping Sites, 1 Picnic Shelter Building, 2 Boat Ramp, Basketball Court, Swimming and Hiking.
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Lake Keowee & Lake Hartwell Vacation Rental Homes

Fabulous homes offering the best in comfort and fun for the whole family. Cope Property Management understands what makes a luxury Lake Vacation Rental home right for you. They and make it their business to offer a variety of vacation rentals to meet your needs and go above and beyond your expectations. By providing the finest in vacation homes, they want to ensure that your vacation is a success no matter where you decide to stay.
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Lakeside Lodge Clemson

New luxury lakefront condo hotel on Lake Hartwell directly across from Clemson University and the football stadium. This 189-unit condo hotel features on-site farm-to-table restaurant, miniature football field, and other great amenities to make your stay enjoyable.


Oconee Point Campground

Located at the northern end of Lake Hartwell on the Seneca River and close to Clemson, SC. This campground has 60 sites equipped with electric (50-amp) and water hook-ups. Private sites are spacious and located near or close to the water. Attractions: Shower/restroom facilities, dump station, playground, swim beach, boat access.


The Grill at Clemson Marina

Seneca, SC
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Offering fast casual food and drinks in an open air, relaxed environment, The Grill at Clemson Marina is the answer to many boaters’ requests for food accessible by boat on the Clemson end of Lake Hartwell. Open Friday-Sunday for lunch and dinner.
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Traditions on the Lake

Restaurant located inside Lakeside Lodge Clemson. Traditions on the Lake offers classic American cuisine including burgers, salads, sandwiches and entrees. Open: Tuesday – Sunday for lunch and dinner (closed Monday.)

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