Hartwell Lake to open recreation areas for seasonal hunting

USACE, Savannah District
Published Sept. 2, 2020

SAVANNAH, Ga. – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers officials announced today areas open to hunting at Hartwell Lake for the 2020-2021 Georgia and South Carolina seasons. Four areas in Georgia and nine areas in South Carolina will be open for hunting under hunting laws and regulations established by each state.

The Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell Lake Office will open four of its larger recreation areas for archery and small game hunting during the regular 2020-2021 Georgia hunting season. These areas include:

• Paynes Creek Park, Hart County (399 acres)
• Hartwell Dam Quarry Area, Hart County (410 acres)
• New Prospect Park, Hart County (34 acres)
• Jenkins Ferry Park, Stephens County (31 acres)

New for 2020: Hunters using the Hartwell Dam Quarry must call the Corps office (888-893-0678) and be added to a Corps hunting list in lieu of obtaining a paper permit.

Small game hunting is allowed in all areas listed above, but only outside the deer and turkey seasons. Hunting for small game is restricted to shotgun only with number 4 shot or smaller. Waterfowl hunting is prohibited. Hunting for deer and turkey is restricted to archery only – all firearms are prohibited. The areas will be open on a walk-in or boat-in only basis. No motorized vehicles will be allowed within the gated area. Only portable stands and blinds are acceptable and must be removed from public land after the season. Hunting regulations, license requirements, and seasons set by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources apply. Information on regulations is available from the state’s Region 2 office at 770-535-5499.

In South Carolina, hunting areas on Hartwell Lake fall under that state’s Fant’s Grove Wildlife Management Area for hunting. Hunters should contact the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources for information on licenses, seasons and bag limits at 864-654-1671. Hunting is restricted to the undeveloped spaces within these areas:

• South Carolina River, Anderson County (125 acres)
• Glenn Ferry Park, Anderson County (211 acres)
• Weldon Island Park, Anderson County (138 acres)
• Apple Island Park, Anderson County (107 acres)
• Townville Park, Anderson County (23 acres)
• River Forks Park, Anderson County (182 acres)
• Camp Creek Park, Anderson County (48 acres)
• Martin Creek Park, Oconee County (60 acres)
• Choestoea Park, Oconee County (369 acres)

For additional information on hunting at Hartwell Lake contact Natural Resource Specialist Jess Fleming at 706 856 0335.

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Billy Birdwell, Senior Public Affairs Specialist
912-677-6039 (cell)

Release no. 20-022