Lake Hartwell is a man-made lake created by Hartwell Dam on the Savannah River. Begun in 1951, Lake Hartwell is located between the states of Georgia and South Carolina. At 56,000 acres of water, Lake Hartwell is one of the largest lakes in the Southeast. It is also an extremely popular destination for recreation as well as for homes.
The area around Lake Hartwell has an interesting history. Built over what was originally Cherokee lands, the lake is named for a revolutionary heroine named Nancy Hart. Hart was reportedly a sniper during the Revolutionary War and became famous for singlehandedly capturing a group of Tory soldiers who had invaded her home. The local Cherokee called Hart “Wahatche” which historians believe meant “War Woman” in Cherokee. In the area around Lake Hartwell, there are also some unusual names with a fascinating history. An Cherokee woman named Issaqueena was riding to a local fort to warn settlers of an imminent attack. On the way there, she named the streams she crossed for their distance from her starting point. Today Six Mile Creek, Twelve Mile Creek, Three and Twenty Mile Creek and Six and Twenty Mile Creek all flow into today’s Lake Hartwell.
Lake Hartwell is an favorite spot for boating with five marinas on the lake and multiple boats ramps all around its perimeter. Other popular water sports on Lake Hartwell include fishing, tubing and water skiing. There are also nine campgrounds maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers around the lake as well as a SORBA biking trail.
Wildlife observation is also a popular activity at Lake Hartwell. There are over 250 bird species and over 40 species of mammals, including deer and black bear.
Another popular activity is Clemson football games, which can be attended via boat.