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Watsadler Corps of Engineers Park – Watsadler, GA


Watsadler is one of several Corps of Engineers camping areas surrounding Lake Hartwell, one of the largest COE projects east of the Mississippi River. The campground has 51 campsites, of which 49 are lakefront sites like the one we had during June, 2008.

All campsites have water and electricity (50 amp), and there is a nice dump station at the campground. All interior roads are paved, and we had the joy of a pull-thru site. There are several pull-thrus available for those who don’t wish to try their backing skills.

Each site has a picnic table, a trash can, a grill and an in-ground fire pit. Several bath houses with hot water showers are in the park, and there’s plenty of playground equipment for the kids. Most people come to Watsadler to use the lake, and there is a boat launch, along with a swim-at-your-risk beach. Lake levels remain low from the drought, but the lake is still quite usable. The staff is friendly and supportive.

Nearby Hartwell offers a good selection of fast food franchise places along with a couple of local restaurants (Siblings and Fletcher’s) which deserve a visit. Clemson University and the University of Georgia are less than 50 miles away.

The only problem we had was the steady invasion of sugar ants. Go prepared, because regulars said this is a common problem at Watsadler. Otherwise, give this place a 9-plus. Reservations suggested.

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