January 9, 2009

We’re up 6 feet!

Filed under: Guest Photographers, Hartwell Lake — lessie @ 7:13 pm


The above photo shows a pre-1964 road rising from the Hartwell Lake waters near the Liberty Hwy bridge. Cool, huh? Thanks to Barron Cooley for sharing it with us. He snapped this pic and the one below in November 2008. According to this article and this article, from the Greenville News and Anderson Independent respectively, our lowest water point was Dec. 9. Since then, the lake levels have risen 6 feet, enough to allow the reopening of 24 boat ramps. Hurray! (I’ll have to trek down to that “ghost road” sometime soon to see how much is still visible.)

In addition to rain, the level of the lake is determined by how much water the the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the agency that manages the lake) releases over the dam. You can bet your favorite fishing lure — that’s a political, ecological, and economic HOT-button issue. I vote for less water released — but they aren’t listening to me. The articles say the Corps will begin releasing water again over Hartwell Dam after Jan. 16.



  1. 🙂 I’m pre-1964 too. LOL

    How cool that you can still see the painted line in the road!


    Comment by Angie — January 11, 2009 @ 2:21 am

  2. I notice that “ghost” road every time I go over the bridge on Liberty Hwy. It really must have been some good paint.
    I wish it looked like we were up 6 feet. A long way to go!

    Comment by Jeff Michels — January 13, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

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