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part ofHartwell Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Wed Sep 30 2015   Season Dates


Located on the northernmost tip of Hartwell Lake in South Carolina, Twelve Mile is a summer day-use area that offers and ideal setting for a party, barbecue or simply a day of water activities with the family.

As one of the southeast's largest and most popular public recreation areas, Twelve Mile 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 area boasts nine campgrounds and 15 day-use facilities that are operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The Hartwell Project was originally authorized for hydro-power, flood control and navigation. Later, recreation, water quality, water supply and fish and wildlife management were added.

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 provided for easy lake access.

With multiple trails snaking throughout the shoreline area, hiking and biking are also popular pastimes.


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

Nearby Attractions:

Twelve Mile is located just minutes from Clemson, South Carolina, which offers historical attractions, restaurants, grocery stores, fuel and more.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Boat Ramp
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Playground
  • Swimming
Within 10 Miles
  • Fuel Available
  • Grocery Store
  • Restaurants
Know Before You Go
  • Day-use only
  • $4 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):
34.70444, -82.83444
34°42'16"N, 82°50'4"W

From Clemson, South Carolina, take Highway 133 north for almost two miles. Twelve Mile will be on the left.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

CLEMSON  SC  29631

Phone Number:

Information:  (888)893-0678
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