Twelve Mile Recreation Area is now a City of Clemson park

Clemson City Council unanimously approved signing a no-cost, 10-year lease to take over operations of

Clemson City Council unanimously approved signing a no-cost, 10-year lease to take over operations of Twelve Mile Recreation Area on Lake Hartwell. 

The city’s parks and recreation department will handle care and maintenance for the lakefront park, which has a beach area, picnic tables, boat launch and RV camping spots. The Army Corps of Engineers still owns the property. 

While the Corps is not charging an annual rental fee, the city estimates it will cost about $122,000 a year to maintain the park, according to city documents. The city will install a new gate and hopes to hire volunteers to serve as overnight attendants in the RV lots. 

The city plans to charge an entrance fee, city manager Andy Bondeau said. 

A shelter area at Twelve Mile Recreation busier in the summer months is empty, as the park is currently open for boating and fishing during the winter in Clemson.

The lease ends in 2031, with an option to renew. The city must submit a site development plan to the Corps in order to plan how they will utilize the site, according to city manager Andy Blondeau. 

The park is a popular summer spot for locals, with about 28,000 cars visiting per year, according to the lease documents. It is on Highway 133 between Central and Clemson.