South Carolina Lakes
Most of the major reservoir lakes of South Carolina have a state park on them. In some cases, the state park is the only public access point for sailing, boating, fishing and other traditional recreation around a lake.
Broadway Lake Fishing, swimming and boating are the things that make a lake fun, and Broadway Lake has all this. Although small, this lake really provides a lot of fun for the people in Anderson County. There is park on the shoreline with a boat ramp, a nice swimming area, and plenty of parking. Broadway Lake impounds the following creeks: Broadway Creek, Cupboard Creek, Pea Creek, and Neal’s Creek. The discharge from the dam flows into the Rocky River which flows into Lake Secession. Anderson County owns the lake.
Lake Bowen Lake Bowen is one of three lakes owned and operated by the Spartanburg Water System. It is located near the city of New Prospect South Carolina. Lake Bowen is a 1,534 acre reservoir that impounds the South Pacelot River. Its primary purpose is to supply water to Spartanburg County residents. Park is located near SC Highway 9 that includes picnic areas, a fishing pier, and boat ramps.
Lake Greenwood Lake Greenwood is a 11,400 acre man-made lake operated by Duke Power Company through a lease from Greenwood County. Public access is available through public boat ramps, local parks, and Lake Greenwood State Recreation Area.
Lake Hartwell Hartwell Lake is a 56,000 acre lake operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers on the Georgia border. The lake is formed by the Savannah, Seneca, Tugaloo, and Chauga Rivers. Public access is provided by a number of public boat ramps, local parks, and Lake Hartwell and Sadlers Creek State Recreation Areas.
Lake Jocassee Lake Jocassee is a 7,565 acre man-made lake in the South Carolina mountains. Formed by the Whitewater, Thompson, and Toxaway Rivers, it is known for its mostly undeveloped shoreline, views of the Jocassee Gorges Wildlife Management Area and surrounding mountains, and waterfalls that cascade directly into the lake. A variety of fish may be found in the clear, cold water including brown and rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, and sunfish. The lake is operated by Duke Power Company. Public access is through Devils Fork State Park.
Lake Keowee Lake Keowee is a 18,372 acre man-made lake operated by Duke Power Company. It is known for its mountainous surroundings. Public access is available through a variety of public boat ramps and Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area. Lake Keowee is just downstream from Lake Jocassee, which sits just south of the North Carolina state line in the heart of the Palmetto state's beautiful mountain country.
Lake Marion Lake Marion is the largest lake in South Carolina, covering 110,000 acres. It is known for its big fish and abundant wildlife. Public access is provided through several public boat ramps, Santee State Park, and the Santee National Wildlife Refuge.
Lake Murray Lake Murray is a 50,000-acre man-made lake in the Midlands of South Carolina. It is operated by South Carolina Electric and Gas Company and is known for striped bass fishing and summer water sports. Public access is through public parks near the dam, public boat ramps and marinas, and Dreher Island State Recreation Area.
Lake Rabon Lake Rabon is located Laurens County about five miles south of Hickory Tavern. The lake was built in 1990 on Rabon Creek. Rabon covers an area of about 546 acres with a maximum depth of 27 feet and a mean depth of 13 feet. Lake Rabon's primary purpose is to provide the city of Laurens with water service. Rabon is owned by Laurens Water & Sewer Commission. This lake is surrounded by some very nice private homes, but does have a park that is open to public access. Lake Rabon is located just off of South Carolina Highway 252 near the city of Laurens and has a large sign posted at the entrance to the park. The park is full of everything needed for a day of recreation. The park has a double boat ramp, swings including porch swings, large covered picnic areas with large grills, and an amazing hillside view of the lake. In addition, there is a fishing pier that can accommodate a large number of people. The fishing pier is ideal for taking the children fishing. There is a fish bouy located about 15 foot from the pier with submerged brush there to attract the fish. The pier also has plenty of benches to sit on.
Lake Robinson Lake John Robinson is an 800 acre fishing lake located in Greer South Carolina off of Highway 101. The lake is owned by Greer Commission of Public Works which also owns Lake Cunningham a few miles away. There is one boat ramp, a fishing pier, restrooms, and picnic area open to the public. The boat ramp is located on Mays Bridge Road.
Lake Russell Lake Russell is a 26,650-acre impoundment on the Savannah River, perfect for all types of water sports. Nearly 1,500 acres of the lake are flooded timber, an excellent habitat for largemouth bass, bream, crappie and catfish. There are 12 public access points on the South Carolina side of the lake, including Calhoun Falls State Recreation Area.
Lake Secession Lake Secession is located in Abbeville County about eighteen miles southwest of Anderson South Carolina. It covers an area of 1,460 acres. The City of Abbeville owns and manages Lake Secession primarily for municipal power production. The lake impounds the waters of the Rocky River which flows on to Lake Russell a 26,000 acre reservoir. Lake Secession was built in 1939 and is one of the most popular smaller lakes in the region. It is more like a winding river than a lake except near the dam. The lake still has many tree stumps sticking out of the water. Standing timber can be found in some of the coves and on water at the upper end of the lake where the river comes in. For this reason boaters should use caution. Development around the lake consists mainly of houses and a few businesses. The City of Abbeville has provided an excellent boat launching facility with two launching ramps off of highway 184. There is no charge for the boat ramp. In addition, some lake businesses on the lake provide boat ramps for a fee. There are no boat motor restrictions on this lake.
Lake Thurmond Thurmond Lake, the largest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers project east of the Mississippi River, was built between 1946 and 1954 as part of a comprehensive plan of development for the Savannah River Basin. Thurmond Lake is one of the 10 most visited Corps lakes in the nation, serving about seven million visitors annually. The lake offers camping, day use areas, boating, fishing, hunting, and trails. Baker Creek State Park, Hamilton Branch State Recreation Area, and Hickory Knob State Resort Park are located on the shores of the lake.
Lake Warren Lake Warren State Park provides access to a 200-acre recreational lake.
Lake Wateree Lake Wateree is a 13,250 acre man-made lake operated by Duke Power Company. It is known for crappie, bass, catfish and bream in one of South Carolina's oldest man-made lakes. With more than 13,000 surface acres and 242 miles of shoreline, the lake is a year-round favorite of campers, fishermen and recreational boaters. Public access is provided through a number of public boat ramps and Lake Wateree State Recreation Area.