In 2016 Lake Hartwell’s water level was nice and high at the beginning of the year but after May the lake level started to drop. By the end up 2016 and the beginning of 2017 Lake Hartwell was 11 feet under full pool. Just for reference, e full pool is 660 feet and flood pool is 665 feet. At the beginning of 2016, Lake Hartwell was just under flood pool 664.83 feet at its peak.
As of March 6, 2018, Lake Hartwell’s water level is 658.48 which is only about one and a half feet below full pool which is really nice to see after going so long seeing huge beaches and losing access to so many parts of the lake that dried up. With more rain in the immediate future, we should see full pool this year.
However, the question then becomes for how long? Once Lake Hartwell reaches full pool it will undoubtedly begin to empty out as it does each year. The speed at which the lake level goes down will be interesting to see. Hopefully someday Lake Hartwell’s water level will be able to be regulated a little more consistently. Fluctuating water levels are to be expected but when the surrounding lakes do not drop anywhere near as much as Lake Hartwell you start to question why especially when your lakefront home becomes a dry barren land front home for over a year.
Let’s enjoy the lake while the water last and explore the section of the lake inaccessible when the water levels drop. If you have any before and after pictures of the water level please send them to us so we can share them.
Update as of March 12, 2018 the water level has gone up to 658.74.
Graph credit http://www.mylakehartwell.com/Level/