Lake Murray is perhaps the best water sports location in the US. Over 50,000 acres in size, there are miles of coastline and inlets to explore complete with dozens of landings and boat ramps. With the opportunity to fish, swim, boat, and watch nature, Lake Murray is the boating lake. A bit further out of town to the southeast you will find Lake Marion, with pontoon boats, fishing boats and jet skis for rent, it provides another sweet getaway location to relax and enjoy the water.
Located in Clarendon county South Carolina. The refuge was established to compensate for the loss of habitat. They created the Santee Cooper Lakes which total 15,000 acres and make up the refuge. Over 4,448 acres are owned by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The refuge has over 39 miles shoreline along Lake Marion. It has a diversity of bird life and abundant opportunities to enjoy wildlife observation, education, hunting, photography, and fishing.
If you are big on watersports and want a fantastic environment that supports your craving, then you should look no further than Lake Marion. You could even have your private dock if you fancy that. It has many channels that are large enough to ski, and yet small enough to remain calm and less choppy. The big water portion of Lake Marion is huge to the point that it looks like a bay. The temperature of the water is usually warm enough to go in without a wetsuit.
Lake Murray is the perfect relaxation getaway. Imagine watching the sunrise from your own private balcony or the sunset from your deck. If you also enjoy watching the wildlife, boating, fishing then this is the perfect place for you. Lake Murray floating cabins offers living rooms with panoramic views of the lake, wooded coves, white pine vaulted ceilings, stairs that take you up to a cozy sleeping loft, and sweeping verandas and balconies from which you’ll watch the sunset or the sunrise.
This river is very popular for huge bass fishing. It forms in Columbia at the confluence of the Broad and Saluda rivers. There are tons of tributaries coming from inside the swamps, you have to be careful as you may encounter an alligator in this territory. Because of the presence of tons of bass, most people choose to fish in this river rather than in nearby ones. It is slow flowing and usually quite shallow. Advisable to take a smaller boat like the canoe.
There are an array of unique and waterfront restaurants in Columbia with picturesque and exciting dining experience. The ports encourage boaters to utilize “dock and dine” facilities located around and leave no worry of navigating traffic and finding a parking spot at home. For certain restaurants you will never even have to leave your boat as they bring everything out the dock for you.