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Enjoy Lake Murray

Created to bring electricity to the Greater Lexington area around 1930, Lake Murray today is more commonly known for the fun and beauty it provides. With 650 miles of shoreline reaching into Lexington, Richland, Newberry, and Saluda counties, Lake Murray has become a water lover’s dream. Whether you’re fishing for its famous largemouth and striped bass, sailing in its popular Easter regatta, or just looking at it, Lake Murray can “take you away from it all.”

Lake Access

Dreher Island State Park:
State Park Road, Prosperity

SCE&G North Parkside:
Hwy 6, Irmo side of the Dam
(picnicking and boat ramp)

SCE&G (Lake Murray Estates)
Mt. Willing Road, Saluda

SCE&G Recreation Area #1:
Hwy 6, Lexington side of Dam
(picnicking and swimming only)

SCE&G Recreation Area #2:
(Larry Koon Boat Landing)
Hwy 378, Lexington to Shore Road, to Shull Island Road

SCE&G Recreation Area #3:
(Lake Murray Shores Recreation Area)
Hwy 378 to Holly Ferry Road, Leesville

SCE&G Recreation Area #4:
(River Bend Point) Hwy 378, to Delmar Road to River Bend Road, Leesville

SCE&G Rocky Point Recreation Area:
Hwy76, Amicks Ferry Road to White Water Road, Chapin

SCE&G Sunset Road Recreation Area:
Hollands Landing Road, Prosperity
Parksites by the Dam

Fishing and boat launching - Access available at the Irmo Parkside on the north side of the Lake Murray Dam. Open 24 hours a day, year-round. (Fees apply April - September)

Picnicking and swimming - Access available at the Lexington Parkside on the south side of Lake Murray Dam. Open April - September; fees apply.

Lake Murray Dam walkway - Stretches across the dam and is open to walkers and bikers.

No pets or alcohol allowed in the park sites.

Boat Rentals

Better Boat Rental
(803) 407-2929

Fishing Guide & Tour Services
David's Lake Murray Guide Service
(803) 932-2284

Kenny Hardee Pontoon Rentals & Tours
(803) 413-1693

Sailing/Sailing Academies

Lanier Sailing Club
(803) 317-9070

Purple Martin Watching

Every year without fail the Lake Murray skies are filled with millions of Purple Marlins. The view is especially spectacular at predawn and in the evening skies as they establish seasonal digs at Lunch (Bomb) Island in the middle of Lake Murray.

Lunch Island, once a practice bombing range for World War II plane crews, is the perfect spot for the birds to roost. By day they disperse for many miles to feed, at night they settle onto the island.Over a period of weeks, their numbers grow dramatically. There are about three-quarters of a million birds and the numbers are still increasing.

You can view this “natural phenomenon,”the thousands of Purple Martins on Lake Murray, the largest, natural, roosting sanctuary in North America when you visit the region during July and August. By September, the Purple Martins will be off to South America for winter hibernation.

Lake Murray Cruises

The Spirit of Lake Murray is an 80-foot, steel hulled yacht offering an exquisite way to cruise the waters of Lake Murray in comfort. Located at the Lake Murray Marina & Yacht Club in Ballentine (Irmo), South Carolina, there's plenty of convenient, free parking. Licensed by the U. S. Coast Guard, this vessel provides year-round cruising comfort regardless of the temperature or weather.
1600 Marina Rd. Ballentine, SC
Reservation - (803) 730-3044

The Southern Patriot on Lake Murray is a 65 foot double deck cruise boat located on beautiful Lake Murray, South Carolina just a few miles north west of Columbia. The Southern Patriot can carry up to 100 passengers and is suitable for any type of event.
1600 Marina Rd. Ballentine, SC
Reservation - (803) 749-8594

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