Lakes in South Carolina

Picnic lakeside, hook a big fish or set sail on calm, clear waters in South Carolina. Most of the state's major lakes lie in or near parks that offer additional recreational activities.

Lake Thurmond, which has approximately seven million visitors each year, is South Carolina's most popular lake. Located near three state parks, it's frequented by campers, picnickers, fishers, hunters and hikers. Lake Wateree in Lake Wateree State Park is another popular manmade lake. A favorite with anglers, it contains healthy populations of bass, bream, catfish and crappie. Lake Jocassee, a scenic manmade lake located in Devils Fork State Park, is primarily known for trout fishing and the waterfalls of Jocassee Gorges, which are accessible via the lake. Because of it's clear, clean waters, Lake Jocassee is popular with swimmers and scuba divers. At 110,000 acres, Lake Marion is South Carolina's largest natural lake, and it's a haven for waterfowl and trophy-size fish.

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Featured lakes in South Carolina

Lake Hartwell

Lake Hartwell is located on the border of South Carolina and Georgia. Public access to this lake is provided by a number of public boat ramps, local parks and Sadlers Creek State Recreation Areas.

Lake Marion

Lake Marion is the largest lake in South Carolina. This lake is well known for its big fish and abundant wildlife. Various species of fish here include Striped bass, White Bass, Crappie and Channel catfish. Wildlife at this lake includes deer, fox, dove, turkey, alligator, hawk and eagle.

Lake Wateree

Lake Wateree is very well known for great fishing and plentiful wildlife. The fish species include Largemouth Bass, Striped Bass, White Perch, White Bass,and Crappie. This lake is a year-round favorite of campers, fishermen and recreational boaters.


Popular South Carolina lakes

Ashwood Lake
Broadway Lake
Burnt Factory Pond
Chester Reservoir
Dingle Pond
Goose Creek Reservoir
Lake Hartwell
Lake Jocassee
Lake Marion
Lake Moultrie
Lake Murray
Lake Robinson
Lake Wateree
Lib Pines Lake
Lyman Lake
Monticello Reservoir


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