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part ofHartwell Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Wed Sep 09 2015   Season Dates


Located at Hartwell Lake, one of the southeast's largest and most popular public recreation areas, Poplar Springs is a summer day-use area that offers an ideal setting for a party, barbecue or simply a day of water activities with the family.

Poplar Springs is located on the Georgia side of Hartwell Lake and boasts sweeping views of the nearly 56,000 acres of water that comprise Hartwell Lake.

Natural Features:

Hartwell Lake is a man-made lake bordering Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers. The dam and lake areas boast nine campgrounds and 15 day-use facilities that are operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Surrounding vegetation allows for plenty of shade, and the 962 miles of shoreline provide numerous swimming beaches, picnic areas and boat ramps.


Boating and water sports top the list of popular activities. A boat ramp is available year-round for visitors' convenience.

Bass fishing is particularly popular at Hartwell Lake, with 15-30 lb. Striped bass considered a routine catch and plenty of tournaments taking place throughout the year.


Poplar Springs offers multiple picnic areas, complete with shelters, flush toilets and playgrounds. Parking is available on-site.

Nearby Attractions:

Nearby Tugaloo State Park offers swimming, boating and hiking, including the Crow Tree and Muscadine trails, which showcase beautiful blooms on oak, walnut, mulberry and cherry trees during the spring and summer months.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
Within 10 Miles
  • Educational Programs
  • Visitor Center
Know Before You Go
  • Day-use only facility
  • Overnight camping is available at nine nearby campgrounds
  • There is a $3 per vehicle fee for boat launching
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
34.52056, -82.08778
34°31'14"N, 82°5'16"W

From GA 77/State Route 366, take the first right onto Knox Bridge Crossing Road/GA 59. After two miles make a slight right onto Powers Road. Turn right onto GA 398 North, follow for 3.5 miles, then follow the brown directional signs to the site.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

LAVONIA  GA  30643

Phone Number:

Information:  (888)893-0678
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