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About South Carolina Lakes

Many Lakes, Large and Small

South Carolina has more than thirty lakes in a wide range of sizes, from tiny 13-acre Lake Placid in the upcountry to expansive Lake Marion, which covers almost 110,000 acres in the lowlands.


All totaled, lakes in South Carolina cover more than 700 square miles. Ten of South Carolina's lakes are larger than 10,000 acres.


Many of the large reservoir lakes were created during the Great Depression as part of the federal program to bring electricity to the rural South. There is no spot in the state more than an hour's drive from a South Carolina lake.

Amazing Variety of Settings

South Carolina's lakes are spread across the state's dynamic geography, from the natural mountain lakes of the upstate to the vast manmade reservoirs of the lowlands near the coast, offering many different kinds of lake living in the Palmetto State and a dazzling collection of 23 scenic lake parks.

World-Class Fishing

South Carolina lakes are known for their excellent fishing, which will be rewarded next year as the 2015 Bassmaster Classic Championship Tournament takes place on Lake Hartwell. A new multi-million-dollar launching facility has been built near Anderson, South Carolina, for the event.


In addition to the top-notch bass fishing, South Carolina lakes offer excellent fishing for striped bass, crappie, catfish, walleye, and even trout. (Remember to maintain a valid South Carolina Fishing License.)

Excellent State Parks, Recreational Opportunities, Abundant Wildlife

Almost every major lake in South Carolina is bordered by a state park.


South Carolina lakes are excellent choices for boating, fishing and scuba diving, and along with a vast collection of natural wonders and cultural treasures, you will find plenty of campgrounds, cabins, beaches, meeting facilities, hiking and biking trails, as well as some of the best birding on the East Coast.


Whether you prefer a mountainside setting in the upcountry, or a moss-draped spot in the lowlands, there’s a piece of land on a South Carolina lake for you.