Lake Hartwell State Park

19138-A HWY 11 S
Fair Play, SC 29643


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. The lake is inhabited by striped and hybrid bass, largemouth, crappie, bream and catfish. 

Besides the superb Lake Hartwell fishing, the park offers a basketball court, publicly accessible boat ramp and hiking. Every type of camping enthusiast will find a site that suits their needs for camping on Lake Hartwell. The park is the only in the state to offer the unique, single room camper cabins, which offer guests without camping gear an opportunity to experience the feel of camping on Lake Hartwell. 

For more great fishing, boating and camping on Lake Hartwell, visit Sadlers Creek State Park

Fishing Information: Enjoy fishing in Lake Hartwell for largemouth bass, crappie, bream, stripers, hybrid bass, catfish. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

Fishing: Yes
Freshwater Fishing: Yes
Boating and Boat Access: Two boat ramps provide private boat access to Lake Hartwell. There is also a newly-installed courtesy dock in the boat launch area, now available for use.

Boating: Yes
Boat Ramp: Yes
Wireless Internet Access: Complimentary wi-fi is available at the park visitor center for park guests.

Playground Equipment: Yes

Picnic Shelters: Yes
Playground: There are two playgrounds located on the park for visitor use. One is located in the day-use area and the other in the campground.

Swimming: Swimming is permitted in Lake Hartwell at your own risk. There is no designated swimming area and no lifeguards on duty.

Bird Watching: Bird watching is best suited along the park nature trail. Various birds can be spotted including hawks, owls and other birds of prey.

Birding: Yes
Walking/Nature Trails: There is a 3/4-mile nature trail located on the park.

Hiking: Yes


Camping Information: The camping area provides easy access to the shoreline of Lake Hartwell. All sites are convenient to hot showers and restrooms.

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