About Lake Murray SC
Created in the late 1920's as a source of hydroelectric power, beautiful Lake Murray is located slightly to the northwest of downtown Columbia, South Carolina and is known as the "Jewel of the Midlands". With over 600 miles of coastline and 50,000 surface acres of water, the lake is well suited for a wide variety of activities. Boating, fishing, skiing, swimming, and relaxing are the order of the day on this year-round water playground.
At 41 miles long and 14 miles wide (at its widest point) Lake Murray has shorline that can be found in four different counties (Richland, Lexington, Saluda, and Newberry)- all of which are part of the Columbia SC Metropilitan Statistical Area (MSA). A major focal point of the region, you will find here some of the best quality schools, top-notch medical facilities, plus lots of entertainment, shopping, and recreational opportunities.
Lake Murray South Carolina is a recreational mecca for the southeast. From barefoot shoreline walks to fun-in-the-sun skiing and boating, you're sure to find your pace here.
Here's a short list of popular activities found on and around the lake:
Pontooning and Recreational Boating
Pontooning is a slow paced leisurely family activity well suited for picnics on the water, visiting friends and neighbors, and casual fishing. Many call this "relaxin' on the water". No pontoon? Any boat that floats will do!
Whether a casual fisherman or a serious pro, this nationally recognized fishing spot offers a variety of species to suit your style. Here you'll find striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie, bream, catfish, perch, and more - all waiting to jump in the boat! (Disclaimer: Individual results may vary.)
From sunning on your dock to swinging in your shaded hammock - just feel the breeze and hear the water as you drift away.
Sailing and Yachting
Compete in a regatta, join a sailing and yachting club, or set sail alone with your cutter. Abandon the "true wind" and sail Lake Murray.
Put your clubs in your boat and navigate your way over to Timberlake Golf Course - Lake Murray's only waterfront golf course. "I think I'll play another nine!"
Every evening during the summer, dozens of boats gather around Bomb Island (North America's first official Purple Martin sanctuary) to watch the spectacle as thousands of Purple Martins come to roost. No one is sure why this ritual occurs, but it's wonderful to behold and a nice way to spend an evening.
Not to mention...
Camping, swimming, sight-seeing, water skiing, jet skiing, scuba diving and more.
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