Summer Edition 2014 of Hartwell Lake News released

Hartwell Lake News Summer 2014The Summer / July edition of Hartwell Lake News is in the mail for our print subscribers. And for the rest of us the PDF version is now available for reading and download.

Our top articles this quarter are:

  • Wet and Wild – The tour dates of the ninth annual…
  • Corps Social Media Campaign Promotes Life Jackets,
    Offers Prize
  • Local Home Builder Becomes Eagle Carport Dealer
  • Vogtle Nuclear Plant Update
  • Boater Education Becomes Mandatory for Some Boaters Beginning July 1
  • Summer to Fall Fishing Forecast
  • Osprey Nest Relocated
  • Georgia Gun Law Does Not Apply to Lake Hartwell Lands
  • Calendar of Events Around Lake Hartwell – July through September 2014
  • and more ….
  • Download PDF here: 2014 HLN Summer / July Edition (~6.5 MB)

Contact us if you’d like to become a print subscriber and tell us what you’d like to read in future HLN editions.


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Timber thinning scheduled at Hartwell Lake Asbury Access Area


HARTWELL, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hartwell Lake Project Office will perform a timber thinning operation from July 7 through Aug. 15 at the Asbury Access Area located in Anderson County, South Carolina.

Thinning operations help maintain a healthy, vigorous forest in support of public recreation activities, wildlife management, and watershed protection by removing diseased, over-crowded, suppressed and dying pine trees, as well as sweet gum and elm. Thinning also helps prevent the onset and spread of insect attacks such as Southern Pine Beetles.

The area will remain open for public use during this time; but due to the presence of logging trucks, visitors are encouraged to exercise extra caution when entering and exiting the park.

Other nearby access areas available for use include Honea Path, Denver, Hurricane Creek, 18 Mile and Twin Lakes.

For a complete list of available access areas, contact the Hartwell Project Office toll free at 888-893-0678 or visit and click on “Plan a Visit.”


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Corps of Engineers leases Hartwell Lake parks to Stephens and Hart counties

HARTWELL, Ga. – Thanks to a lease agreement between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Hart and Stephens counties, three parks at Hartwell Lake previously slated for closure this year will remain open to the public.

Effective May 1, the government of Stephens County, Ga., will begin operations and maintenance of Stephens County Park; and the government of Hart County, Ga., will begin operations and maintenance of the Milltown and Long Point recreation areas.

Current Corps of Engineers annual passes will be honored at these locations until they expire.

“Decreasing federal funding for recreation has made it increasingly difficult for the Corps of Engineers to maintain all Corps-operated recreation areas in a safe and functional condition for public use,” said Kenneth Bedenbaugh, Hartwell natural resources program manager. “To avoid closure of selected recreation areas, we reached out to municipalities around Hartwell Lake to explore interest in leasing certain areas for future operation and maintenance.”

The Corps of Engineers will continue to operate and maintain Watsadler and Payne’s Creek Campgrounds, Big Oaks and Elrod Ferry day use areas, and several access areas within Hart County. The Corps will also continue operation and maintenance of Jenkins Ferry, Spring Branch and Walker Creek access areas in Stephens County.

For more information or questions, please contact Kenneth Bedenbaugh at 1-888-893-0678, ext. 337.

By Tracy Robillard, Reprint from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blog Balancing the Basin,


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