August 1, 2009

Theme Photo: Night

Filed under: Hartwell Lake — lessie @ 1:26 am

On the first of every month, the City Daily Photo Community participates in a theme photo. The topic this month? Night. Hope you enjoy this snapshot of the sun setting over Green Pond Recreation Area on Hartwell Lake.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants.


July 29, 2009

Monday Night Flight

Filed under: Aerial Views, Guest Photographers, Hartwell Lake — lessie @ 4:50 pm

Barron's picture

Thanks, Barron Cooley, for sharing this fantastic shot of Hartwell Lake — and teaching me about what I’m seeing. Barron writes below:

Thought you might enjoy a picture of Lake Hartwell with Portman Marina in foreground, looking north up the Seneca river. The old Portman dam (remember the generator downtown?) was between the two bridges on the Seneca River. The first bridge is highway 24 and the second, fartherest away, is I-85.

June 28, 2009

Where’s the Water Dog?

Filed under: Hartwell Lake — lessie @ 2:43 am

Gator in water1 by you.

Excited to swim at Hartwell Lake, I bought a disposable waterproof camera. The quality? Only iffy, as you can see. But what fun to capture Gator, a friend’s boxer, swimming for the joy of it.

June 8, 2009

Or Fish, Anderson

Filed under: Hartwell Lake — lessie @ 6:00 am

A surprising number (for me) of Andersonians enjoy fishing. On boats, on docks, and at the shore of Hartwell Lake. It’s such a popular past time, I can’t help but wonder what I’m missing!

June 4, 2009

Or Boat, Anderson

Filed under: Hartwell Lake — lessie @ 6:17 am

Wandering around Green Pond Rec Area, I noticed this boat motoring toward the dock. Ordinarily boats point toward the slip where they float onto a trailer in the shallower water. This boat’s direction caught my attention. The mariners waved heartily and even shouted “Ahoy” (I kid you not) to a guy in the rec parking lot. I thought they were looking forward to his company for quick spin before darkness fell — until I noticed “Ben’s” arms full of Arby’s bags. Boating is such hunger-inducing work. 🙂

June 3, 2009

Get Ready to Swim, Anderson!

Filed under: Hartwell Lake — Tags: — lessie @ 6:04 am

I was delighted on Monday night to find quite a few visitors to Green Pond Recreation Area at Hartwell Lake. Nothing speaks more to summer than kids swimming on a week night. School is definitely drawing to a close.

March 23, 2009


Filed under: Guest Photographers, Hartwell Lake — lessie @ 8:07 pm


The above is a Fall photo of Hartwell Lake dam — love the detail in this pic. Thank you, Susan, for sharing!

Susan has become one of my favorite photographers. I love the clarity and sensitivity in her photos. Check out her blog and also her flickr photos. This is one I really admire.

January 15, 2009

An end is a beginning

Filed under: Aerial Views, Guest Photographers, Hartwell Lake — lessie @ 7:07 pm


This picture just makes me feel peaceful. A beautiful shot of the sunset over the Hwy 24 bridges. Thank you, Barron Cooley, for sharing this shot with us!

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.

January 8, 2009

Liberty Hwy Bridge

Filed under: Aerial Views, Guest Photographers, Hartwell Lake — lessie @ 6:16 pm


Aerial view of the Liberty Highway Bridge — the same bridge around which the fishermen below are boating. Many thanks to Barron Cooley for the photograph! He mentions in his e-mail that the fishermen said there is 10 feet of water currently under the bridge. Sad, isn’t it?

The above photo also shows a portion of Darwin Wright Park‘s shoreline. (Anderson’s only city park bordering Hartwell Lake.) Can you see the whiteish, T-shaped structure in the upper right of the photo? That’s the park’s pier. Click here to see a pic of the pier from July 2007. The water level difference is pretty striking.

Look to the right of the bridge, and you can see a “ghost road” emerging from the water. The road was flooded when the Hartwell Dam was finished around 1963. Barron took another photo showing a close up of the ghost road which I’ll post tomorrow. Thanks again, Barron!

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