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The SpotOnTheLake – Water Depth Guide is the only depth guide that combines the two most important aspects of water depth into one metric. The guide rates property water depth on water depth at the dock and water depth in the channel adjacent to the dock.
The guide was created to allow stakeholders to have a more consistent way to communicate about water depth instead of describing a dock location as having “good water” or “great water” – with no definition for those descriptors.
How to Use
Depth at Dock – The first letter in each of the two letter designations indicates the water depth under the dock. This measurement should be the maximum water depth under the dock when the lake is at full pool (660’ MSL) and the dock is positioned in its most favorable location. This measurement is useful to evaluate boat access, boat lift movement, swimming aesthetics and frequency of the need to move the dock. Please understand that less than 5% of properties will have more than 12’ of water under the dock. Properties with a “B” rating should be considered very favorably. The depth indicated is for the existing dock if one is in place or the approved dock if there is not one in place. There may be the option to gain additional depth under existing docks if the location can be approved for a longer ramp or a larger dock.
Depth in Channel – The second letter indicates the depth of the channel adjacent to the dock location at full pool. This value can be more important than the water depth under the dock. Since all docks on Lake Hartwell are floating, dock owners move their docks towards the channel should the lake level fall. For purposes of this measurement, the channel depth indicated should be visible and within 100 yards of the dock location and reasonably accessible without going to extreme measures.
Example – A designation of “BC” would indicate water depth at the dock of 8’-12’ and water depth in the channel of 10’-20’.
Historical lake levels – For a chart indicating historical daily lake levels at Lake Hartwell, click here.
If you are using this metric to help select a lake property, please understand that you are responsible for determining lake levels at or around your property. Depth information provided by Sellers or Agents needs to be verified. You should work with a knowledgeable lake expert for assistance and use all available resources to help make your decision. Tools and resources include personal observation, depth finders, satellite imagery and maps (Atlantic Mapping) which are available at most gas stations around the lake.