The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell Lake Office will open four of its larger recreationareas for archery and small game hunting during
the regular 2018-2019 Georgia hunting season. These areas include:
• Paynes Creek Park, Hart County, Georgia (399 acres)
• Hartwell Dam Quarry Area, Hart County, Georgia (410 acres)
• New Prospect Park, Hart County, Georgia (34 acres)
• Jenkins Ferry Park, Stephens County, Georgia (31 acres)
The Hartwell Dam Quarry is restricted to archery equipment only during deer and turkey seasons. Hunters must obtain a no-cost permit at the Corps’ Hartwell Lake Office to hunt at Hartwell Dam Quarry. The Quarry Area will be closed to hunting Nov. 16 – Nov. 21, while the Corps conducts a deer hunt with the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
Hunting regulations, license requirements and seasons set by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources will apply in all locations. Information on regulations is available from the state’s Region 2 office at 770-535-5499. Baiting is not allowed on any federal managed lands in the state of Georgia including Corps of Engineers lands.
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. Hunting for deer and turkey is restricted to archery equipment 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.
The Corps areas listed below are considered part of South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) Fant’s Grove Wildlife Management Area for hunting. Hunters should contact SCDNR for information on licenses, seasons and bag limits at 864-654-1671.
• South Carolina River, Anderson County, South Carolina (125 acres)
• Glenn Ferry Park, Anderson County, South Carolina (211 acres)
• Weldon Island Park, Anderson County, South Carolina (138 acres)
• Apple Island Park, Anderson County, South Carolina (107 acres)
• Townville Park, Anderson County, South Carolina (23 acres)
• River Forks Park, Anderson County, South Carolina (182 acres), (Developed recreation area CLOSED to hunting.)
• Camp Creek Park, Anderson County, South Carolina (48 acres)
• Martin Creek Park, Oconee County, South Carolina (60 acres)
• Choestoea Park, Oconee County, South Carolina (369 acres)
Hunting is prohibited in all designated recreation areas except those listed above. All other public lands and waters around Hartwell Lake, including islands, are open to hunting in accordance with Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations and Georgia and South Carolina hunting regulations. Due to safety concerns, big game hunters are encouraged to use archery equipment only while hunting on the islands.
For more information on hunting and other recreation opportunities at Hartwell Lake, call the project office at 706-856-0300 or 888-893-0678.