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Old 07-08-2014, 05:08 AM
 
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Renting a pontoon boat this Friday at Hartwell Marina for a day on Lake Hartwell with my family and friends. First time actually navigating the lake, usually just on the beach/shore.

I heard there are several parks on the islands in the middle of the lake. Also any recommendations of where to dock and have lunch or other things to see while on the lake? We have the pontoon for 8 hours.
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Old 07-08-2014, 06:41 AM
 
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I've never heard of a park on an island or seen one and I've spent a lot of time on Lake Hartwell. People frequently park their boats on miscellaneous empty islands and do a cookout, hang a hammock, play frisby, drop some chairs, etc. You basically just make your own fun. Every time I go to Lake Hartwell that's what I do, bring a bunch of chairs, supplies, etc, and parkt he boat on an island, offload everything, and then spend time on the island and on the boat split.
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:30 AM
 
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I've never heard of a park on an island or seen one and I've spent a lot of time on Lake Hartwell. People frequently park their boats on miscellaneous empty islands and do a cookout, hang a hammock, play frisby, drop some chairs, etc. You basically just make your own fun. Every time I go to Lake Hartwell that's what I do, bring a bunch of chairs, supplies, etc, and parkt he boat on an island, offload everything, and then spend time on the island and on the boat split.
Good info. So do you anchor the boat right off the beach or are there docks available?
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Old 07-08-2014, 10:36 AM
 
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Old 07-08-2014, 02:04 PM
 
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Good info. So do you anchor the boat right off the beach or are there docks available?
Anchor in the sand. Be careful of the winds and make sure you are deep enough to not run aground. All islands are public property since it's owned by army corps probably why someone called it a park (thinking national park). The islands are just empty, unkempt land with a bit of a shore and trees.
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:45 AM
 
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Good info. So do you anchor the boat right off the beach or are there docks available?
We drive the boat (slowly obviously, while putting the trim up when we get close) right up onto the sand and then push it back off when we're done. We see tons of pontoon boats doing the same thing.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:28 AM
 
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Thanks for all the great tips.

Lastly, my wife would like to do lunch at one of the cities along the lake. Any recommendations of where to dock and have a bite to eat right on the lake?
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:53 AM
 
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Thanks for all the great tips.

Lastly, my wife would like to do lunch at one of the cities along the lake. Any recommendations of where to dock and have a bite to eat right on the lake?
You'll probably be stuck eating at the Marina - I know there are probably other places but to get from the Marina to them in a Pontoon boat on the lake will take a really long time. Lake Hartwell is HUGE. We usually stop at the Arby's/Love's at Exit 4 on our way to the dock and bring our food with us and have a picnic on the beach/boat. Maybe someone else knows of a place though.
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:17 PM
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You'll probably be stuck eating at the Marina - I know there are probably other places but to get from the Marina to them in a Pontoon boat on the lake will take a really long time. Lake Hartwell is HUGE. We usually stop at the Arby's/Love's at Exit 4 on our way to the dock and bring our food with us and have a picnic on the beach/boat. Maybe someone else knows of a place though.
I'm really surprised about this. I would think that the lakes would have more options to dock your boat and grab a bite to eat. I really think those type of places would do well along the lakes. I picture a restaurant with a big deck on the water with tables set up and people just hanging out, grabbing a bite to eat or a cold drink. Similar places like the Tiki Hut on Lake Keowee.

https://www.facebook.com/TikiHut
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Old 07-10-2014, 01:09 PM
 
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There used to be a wing place but I'm sure it went out of business. Not sure if anything took it's place.

Pixie & Bill’s
1058 Tiger Blvd.
Clemson, SC 29631
http://www.tigergourmet.com/pixie_home.htm
864-654-1210
For boaters: Restaurant is just a short walk from the public boat docks at Abernathy Waterfront Park.
Open for lunch Mon-Fri and Dinner Mon. – Sat.
Elegant dining, American, seafood and steak
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