News: Recreation areas on Hartwell Lake open to hunters
Story by Tracy Robillard
SAVANNAH, Ga. - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Hartwell Lake Office will open 15 of its larger recreation areas to archery and small game hunting during the regular 2012-2013 state hunting season. Hunting regulations and license requirements set by the Georgia and South Carolina Departments of Natural Resources apply. Information on regulations is available from state wildlife offices. Areas to open include:
* South Carolina River, Anderson County, S.C. (125 acres)
Glenn Ferry Park, Anderson County, S.C. (211 acres)
Weldon Island Park, Anderson County, S.C. (138 acres)
Apple Island Park, Anderson County, S.C. (107 acres)
Asbury Park, Anderson County, S.C. (27 acres)
Denver Park, Anderson County, S.C. (19 acres)
Townville Park, Anderson County, S.C. (23 acres)
River Forks Park, Anderson County, S.C. (140 acres) No hunting in closed developed portion of area
Camp Creek Park, Anderson County, S.C. (48 acres)
Martin Creek Park, Oconee County, S.C. (60 acres)
Choestoea Park, Oconee County, S.C. (369 acres)
Paynes Creek Park, Hart County, Ga. (399 acres)
* Hartwell Dam Quarry Area, Hart County, Ga. (410 acres)
New Prospect Park, Hart County, Ga. (34 acres)
Jenkins Ferry Park, Stephens County, Ga. (31 acres)
* A hunting permit is required for the Hartwell Dam Quarry and South Carolina River Areas and is available at no cost from the Corps’ Hartwell Lake Office.
Deer Hunting – Archery Equipment Only (All firearms are prohibited.)
Georgia: Sept. 8, 2012 – Jan. 1, 2013
South Carolina: Sept. 15, 2012 – Jan. 1, 2013
Allowed in designated fields at the Hartwell Dam Quarry Hunting Area and the South Carolina River Hunting area, Saturday and Wednesday only, throughout the season.
Small Game Hunting
Georgia and South Carolina: Jan. 2, 2013 – Feb. 28, 2013. Hunting for small game is restricted to shotgun only with number four shot or smaller.
Turkey Hunting – Archery Equipment Only (All firearms are prohibited.)
Georgia: March 23 - May 15, 2013
South Carolina: April 1 - May 1, 2013
Feral Hog Hunting
Georgia and South Carolina: Year Round. Archery equipment only during deer and turkey seasons and long rifles are prohibited year round. A letter permit is required when hunting hogs outside of the state deer season on all Hartwell Project property. The use of dogs is only allowed outside of the state deer and turkey season.
The above 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 or blinds are acceptable and must be removed from public land after the season.
Except as noted above, hunting is prohibited in all recreation areas, campgrounds and boat ramps. All additional public lands and waters around Hartwell Lake are open to hunting in accordance with Title 36 Code of Federal Regulations and Georgia and South Carolina hunting regulations.
The islands in Hartwell Lake are open for hunting in accordance with state hunting regulations and seasons. Due to safety concerns, big game hunters are encouraged to use archery equipment only while hunting on the islands.
Corps property located within state Wildlife Management Areas is subject to state regulations for that specific WMA.
For additional information and permits, contact Park Ranger Jess Fleming at the Hartwell Lake Project Office toll free at 1-888-893-0678, ext. 335, or 706-856-0335.