October, 2006 – This was my first exposure to South Carolina state parks when I stayed here while visiting family near Chapin. My brother had always wanted lakefront property and researched dozens of areas before deciding that Lake Murray was the place for them. Once I saw this sparkling gem, I could see why!
Here’s a preview in the form of a protected cove as seen from the Visitor’s Center. You could enjoy a picnic lunch here at the end of a short boardwalk.
It’s a mecca for boating of all kinds, with rentals available. Here’s a typical view of the lake and islands in the background seen from Area B Campground. You can primitive camp on any island on the lake at no charge and a lot of boaters take advantage of that great idea.
A peaceful, quiet inlet cove at the bend of Area B Campground.
Incredible sunsets and…
Stunning moon rises are additional free perks provided with your visit.
I met Bill Schmidt at the boat ramp for the fish tournaments. I kidded him about his high-tech fishing rig. He caught this prize sunfish just as I walked up and he joked that I brought him good luck. Bill was camping in Area A and what was really funny was that I had just met his wife when I drove through there taking pictures. You can see their campsite in Area A, along with their comments about Dreher Island.
Malia’s 2 Cents: Water and wildlife in the woods – the best combo in my book! A great nature trail where you could wander among trees that were changing colors each day and glimpse blue water sparkling through frames of red leaves – where you can watch men and birds alike trying their luck fishing at the lakefront. Two different areas to choose from as far as camping options, with both offering views of the water and woods – a very nice stop in S. Carolina, that’s for sure!
Fishing Info: Several species of bass including largemouth and stripers, catfish, bream, crappie and yellow perch. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required, which can be obtained from the park’s tackle shop.
Day Use Fee: $2.00 (except registered campers). $1.25 for SC Senior Citizens (65+) and disabled.
Shopping: There’s a small store on State Park Road called The Station 2, less than 2 miles from the park entrance. They have basic groceries, fishing supplies, firewood, gasoline, diesel, and propane – also prepared food fare such as pizza, hot dogs, pulled pork BBQ for eat-in or take-out. Bigger selection of limited shopping and restaurants is in small town of Chapin (11 miles). Columbia is closest larger town (30 miles) with Wal-Mart, etc.