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Fishing At Lake Hartwell

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Guide to fishing for largemouth bass, spotted bass, redeye bass, channel catfish, flathead catfish, black crappie, white crappie, walleye, bluegill, pumpkinseed sunfish, redbreast sunfish, redear sunfish, warmouth, white bass, white perch, yellow perch, striped bass, hybrid striped bass and chain pickerel at Lake Hartwell in South Carolina.

Lake Hartwell, SC

A legendary fishery in the world of competitive bass fishing, Lake Hartwell covers 56,000 acres and has healthy populations of many fish species. Located along the western border of the state, at Anderson, SC, Hartwell Lake has 960 miles of shoreline. A couple dozen SC boat launch ramps are conveniently located for easy access.

The purpose of this page is to deliver an overview of this lake, the fishing options, and area amenities. Our goal is to provide info to first time visitors, as well as beginner and novice anglers. We gathered details from personal experience, numerous trusted websites that each offer select bits of information, and videos of fishing activity on the lake. These websites include the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, marinas at the lake, campgrounds, boat rental agencies and others. By consolidating this information to one page it allows visitors to see the entire picture, all in one place.

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Lake Hartwell, located on the border of South Carolina and Georgia, is a premier destination for fishing enthusiasts. Spanning over 56,000 acres, this expansive reservoir offers excellent fishing opportunities and attracts anglers from near and far. The lake is known for its diverse range of fish species, including largemouth bass, striped bass, crappie, catfish, and bream, making it a haven for anglers seeking a variety of catches.

Fishing on Lake Hartwell is a year-round affair, with each season bringing its own unique opportunities. Anglers can explore the lake's numerous coves, points, and submerged structures, where fish tend to congregate. Whether you prefer fishing from the shoreline, wading in the shallow waters, or launching a boat, there are plenty of options available to suit your preferred fishing style. The lake's fertile waters and healthy fish population ensure an exciting and rewarding fishing experience.

Lake Hartwell in South Carolina is a paradise for fishing, boating, and camping enthusiasts. With its diverse fish species, expansive water surface, and camping facilities, it offers a complete outdoor experience. Whether you're casting your line for bass, cruising on a boat, or spending a night under the stars, Lake Hartwell provides endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation in a stunning natural setting.

On-the-water boat rentals include pontoon boats, sailboats, ski boats, kayaks and family boats. More than a half dozen marinas offer services to boaters and anglers. Fishing enthusiasts can pursue bass, catfish, crappie, walleye, bluegill, sunfish, striped bass and hybrid stripers. Humps, bumps, islands, points, creek channels, ledges and backwaters all over the lake provide cover for the bass and baitfish alike. Lake Hartwell State Park and other campgrounds and RV parks are available in the area. Several marinas, stores and restaurants are available to enhance your weekend fishing trip or vacation. Numerous fishing guides offer experienced guide trips on Hartwell.

Fishing Boats For Rent In South Carolina

Primary fish species residing in Lake Hartwell

Click images for fishing tips and details about each species.

Largemouth bass Spotted bass Redeye bass Channel catfish Flathead catfish Black crappie White crappie Walleye Bluegill Pumpkinseed Sunfish Redbreast Sunfish Redear Sunfish Warmouth Sunfish White Bass White Perch Yellow Perch Striped bass Hybrid Striped Bass Chain pickerel

Lake Hartwell Amenities

Marina: YES
Boat Rental: YES
Boat Launch Ramp: YES
Campgrounds: YES
RV Hookups: YES
Lodging: YES
Convenience Store: YES
Bait & Tackle: YES
Restaurant: YES

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Apart from its fishing allure, Lake Hartwell is a popular destination for boating enthusiasts. With its vast surface area and navigable waters, the lake provides ample opportunities for boating adventures. From leisurely cruises to water sports such as tubing and water skiing, boaters can enjoy the freedom and exhilaration that the lake offers. The lake's boat ramps and marinas ensure convenient access for boaters, making it easy to embark on a day of fun on the water.

Fishing Boat Rentals

Big Water Marina and Campground
Rentals: Pontoon boats and kayaks
864 226-3339

Upstate Boat Rental
Rentals: Pontoon boats
864 363-1875

Public Boat Launch Ramps & Landings

Apple Island Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Hickory Ridge Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Asbury Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off State Road 236, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Brown Road Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the eastern section of the lake, at the north end of the Brown Road Bridge, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Broyles Recreation Area Boat Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Smyzer Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Camp Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off Camp Creek Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Choestoea Road Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Choestoea Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Coneross Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, west side, off Coneross Park Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Double Springs Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Double Springs Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Durham Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Durham Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Fairplay Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Boat Ramp Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Friendship Boat Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, west side, at the north end of the Coneross Creek Road Bridge, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Glenn Ferry Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Glenn Ferry Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Green Pond Landing South Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Green Pond Road, this is a three-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Green Pond Landing North Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Green Pond Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Hattons Ford Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Andersonville Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Hurricane Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the eastern section of the lake, north side, off George Smith Mill Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Lake Hartwell State Park Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, in Lake Hartwell State Park, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Lawrence Bridge Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast corner of the lake, at the south end of the Lawrence Bridge Road Bridge, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Martins Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, west side, off Martin Creek Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Mullins Ford Landing Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northwest section of the lake, off Mullins Ford Landing Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Richland Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off State Road 194, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

River Forks Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off River Forks Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Sadlers Creek Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off State Road 4-744, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Singing Pines Recreation Area Boat Ramp
Located in the southeast corner of the lake, off Singing Pines Recreation Area Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Springfield Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the southeast section of the lake, off Springfield Road, this is a single-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Sunset Lane Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off Sunset Lane, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with paved parking.

Townville Landing Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, west side, off Coneross Road, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Twin Lakes Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, east side, off Twin Lakes Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Twelve Mile Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located in the northeast section of the lake, off 12 Mile Park Road, this is a two-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Weldon Island Recreation Area Boat Launch Ramp
Located mid lake, east side, off State Road SD-4-236, this is a one-lane, concrete ramp with a dock and paved parking.

Marinas

Big Water Marina and Campground
320 Big Water Rd,
Starr, SC 29684
864 226-3339

Click here for a South Carolina Fishing License.

For those seeking to extend their stay, Lake Hartwell offers several camping options in its surrounding parks and campgrounds. Campers can immerse themselves in the natural beauty of the lake and enjoy the tranquility of their surroundings. Whether you prefer tent camping or RV camping, there are designated areas available with facilities such as picnic tables, fire pits, and restrooms. Camping near Lake Hartwell provides the perfect opportunity to wake up to breathtaking lake views and enjoy the peacefulness of the outdoors.

Campgrounds & RV Parks Nearby

Lake Hartwell State Park Campground - 864 972-3352

Lakeshore RV Resort - 864 642-8711

Carolina Landing RV Resort - 864 972-9892

Lake Hartwell Camping and Cabins - 864 287-3223

Little Creek RV Park - 864 231-5657

Coneross Park Campground - 888 893-0678

Twin Lakes Campground - 888 893-0678

Anderson-Lake Hartwell KOA Campground - 864 287-3161

Wells Highway RV Park - 864 973-3943

Tiger Cove Campground - 864 225-5993

Lake Hartwell SC Map - Fishing & Camping Areas

Contact Information

Lake Hartwell
Lake Hartwell State Park
19138 SC-11
Fair Play, SC 29643
864 972-3352

 

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