Lake Hartwell Marinas are no longer just a place to park a boat. Many of them are now destinations in themselves, whether they offer boating lessons, recreational activities, fellowship, or even food.
As one of the largest lakes in the southeast, the lake is a destination for boaters and water enthusiasts alike. If you plan on spending any time at or around the lake, make sure you don’t miss out on these marinas.
Lake Hartwell Marinas in Georgia
In all, there are 6 expansive marinas spread across Lake Hartwell and all offer a place to park, gas up, and even grab a bite to eat. Let’s take a look at what each one has to offer.
Visit Hartwell Marina for boat services, rentals, and lakefront dining.
Whether you own a boat or not, Hartwell Marina has services for you. Dock your boat then allow the marina to perform maintenance and upkeep to keep it running smoothly. Those who do not own a boat can use this marina to rent a pontoon boat and spend the day (or longer!) boating around the lake.
You’ll also find a beachy casual restaurant called Boathouse Grill that is a great spot to have a bite to eat and a drink off the water.
Fill up with Harbor Light’s friendly attendants!
Harbor Light and Harbor Light South Marinas
Each side of Interstate 85 has a Harbor Light location, designed to ensure your boating experience is as enjoyable as possible. Those who own a boat can dock on an uncovered or a covered slip with peace of mind.
For families or individuals who don’t own a boat but want to reap the benefits of enjoying a day out on the water, the Harbor Light locations have one of the largest rental fleets at Lake Hartwell.
Plus, enjoy a meal at Tilly’s Tiki Bar and Grill, located at Harbor Light Marina. The fun atmosphere offers live music at certain times to compliment the food and drink options.
Marinas on Lake Hartwell, SC
An active day at Big Water Marina!
Big Water Marina
If you are choosy about your fuel, you will definitely want to stop at Big Water to fill up. This is the only Lake Hartwell marina that offers 93octane fuel that has no ethanol.
For those who enjoy RV-ing, you’ll be glad to know that this site also has an RV park, as well as an ASA sailing school so that you can enjoy the area both by land and by water.
Make sure to grab a meal or a drink at their seasonal bar and grill. This is a great place to view the sunset and cool off with an ice cold beverage.
There are plenty of spaces for storing your boat at Portman Marina.
Portman Marina is the largest inland marina in the state of South Carolina. Not only does the location offer all normal marina services such as maintenance and boat storage, but it also has not one, but two restaurants on-site.
Enjoy an authentic Japanese experience with a beautiful waterfront setting at Nami Asian Bistro (now closed). You can enjoy sushi, small dishes, and a chef’s selection of items. Reservations are recommended, particularly on weekends and holidays.
For American style meals, The Galley Restaurant offers freshly caught seafood along with prime beef cuts and specialty dishes. Reservations are also recommended on weekends and holidays here.
Buy and store your boat at Clemson Marina.
Clemson Marina is a one-stop-shop for all your boat needs. Located right across the lake from Clemson University, the marina has the newest boat docking system on the lake. Additionally, there is a brand new fuel and pump-out deck, complete with friendly staff who are available to fill up the boat.
A master certified mechanic is on staff to help diagnose your boat and fix any potential issues or even offer routine maintenance. If you prefer to keep maintenance to a minimum, consider joining the Freedom Boat Club where you can have access to a fleet of rentals at this location as well as others across the country.
Don’t forget to stop and grab a bite at the on-site restaurant, The Grill at Clemson Marina. The grill is open all year long from Friday to Sunday. Plus, they are available for catering upon request.
Next time you are enjoying a day of boating at the lake, which marina will you stop by first?