Lake Murray
Water Playground
of the Midlands of South Carolina

Information Presented by
Mel Coker

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LAKE MURRAY was constructed between 1927 and 1930. The Dreher Shoals Dam formed a 48,000 acre lake in the heart of South Carolina and only a short drive from downtown Columbia. The lake covers an area of 78 square miles with 620 miles of shoreline. The waters of the Saluda River that feed Lake Murray supply energy to the Saluda Hydroelectric Plant turbines and cooling water to the McMeekin Steam Generating Plant. Both plants are owned by South Carolina Electric & Gas Company (SCE&G). When completed, Lake Murray was the largest power reservoir and Dreher Shoals Dam the largest earthen dam in the world.

Today, Lake Murray stills supplies electric power, is the major source of drinking water for the city of Columbia, and has become the water playground for the Midlands. The Lake Murray adventure means boating, sailing, canoeing, fishing, skiing, swimming, camping and just plain fun at one of the South's most scenic playgrounds.

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Do it at Lake Murray - tube, ski, boat, jetski Boating at Lake Murray...

Lake Murray is BIG -- About 41 miles long and 14 miles wide at its widest point. Plenty of room for fishing, boating and water skiing.

Safe boating reminders: Lookout for other boaters, skiers, swimmers and jet skiers * Use caution at night and be sure to use boat running lights when necessary and required * Be aware of overhead power lines that cross the water at certain locations * Don't drink and drive * Carry necessary safety equipment * Carry life preservers * Observe depth markers (avoid rough water and shallow water) * Check the weather forecast before you get on the water

Click Here for Boating in South Carolina Information: Safety & Laws, Boat ownership title & registration requirements.

SCE&G Lake Murray Hotline:
This hotline has the current Lake Murray water level and weather forecast.

All ages enjoy fishing at Lake Murray Fishing at Lake Murray...

Fishing is GREAT at Lake Murray! The lake has hosted numerous fishing tournaments. Although the lake is home to a large number of fish species, the most popular are: largemouth bass, striped bass, bream and crappie.

Lake Murray Fishing Report

Obtain a S.C. Fishing or Hunting License: License Price List
By Telephone: toll-free 1-866-714-3611 $3.00 processing fee is added to license fee
Internet: South Carolina Fishing/Hunting License Online $3.00 processing fee is added to license fee
License Sales Agents (by County)

Click Here for the Latest Fishing Report:
Updated fishing report for the state, including Lake Murray.
South Carolina Department of Natural Resources:
Info and regulations for fishing, boating, hunting & more

Largemouth bass Black Crappie Bluegill Striped Bass
Largemouth Bass

Black Crappie

Striped Bass

Illustrations by Duane Raver Jr., courtesy of Duane Raver Jr. and Maynard
Reese, courtesy of Iowa Department of Natural Resources. All illustrations
copyrighted by the artists.

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1940 Lake Murray View
from Mel Coker's Postcard Collection
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1940 Lake Murray View
from Mel Coker's Postcard Collection

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Lake Murray striped bass fishing Lake Murray Water Levels & Weather...

The max full level at Lake Murray is 360'. This is normally not achieved -- the normal "full" level is about 358' which typically occurs from early spring to early summer. After that, the lake is drawn very gradually to a low level of about 354' from about December through mid February.

Check Lake Murray levels:
U.S. Geological Survey
South Carolina Electric & Gas Co.

Columbia & Lake Murray Weather:
Columbia / Lake Murray Weather Page (from Mel Coker)

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Lake Murray Association: Live on the Lake? Do Lake Murray business? Care about Lake Murray? You need to be a member of the Lake Murray association. Call Mel Coker at (803) 932-2144 for your membership application, or visit the Lake Murray Association website.

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Dreher Shoals Dam at Lake Murray
The 5 Towers Dreher Shoals Dam on Lake Murray - Photograph by Mel Coker

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