Lake Murray SC: How to Spend a Fun 24 Hours

June 4, 2018

Lake Murray SC

Called “the jewel of South Carolina,” shimmering, man-made Lake Murray SC is approximately 50,000 acres in size with more than 600 miles of shoreline. The lake is named after William Murray, the chief engineer who conceived what was “the world’s largest earthen dam” at that time. Although the lake was originally completed in 1930 as a hydroelectric generating facility, it has come to be known as a premier recreation destination in the Midlands of South Carolina.

Boating on Lake Murray, South Carolina

lake murray marina

While Lake Murray stills supplies electric power and drinking water for Columbia, it is also the water playground for the South Carolina Midlands.  Some 41 miles long, there are no shortage of scenic routes and coves to enjoy a boating outing.  Water adventures on the lake include boating, sailing, canoeing, fishing for striped bass, water skiing, swimming.

boating on lake murray

After an early breakfast, we headed to the marina for our boat tour. Stunning scenery zipped by as we passed homes of all sizes along the shore.  It is good to keep in mind that lake squalls can really stir up out on the open water so remember to bring something to protect the gusty winds. Captain Kenney did a good job of skirting around the “big water” to make sure we didn’t get wet, windy….and whiney!

Lunch at Liberty

Liberty restuarant

After our exhilarating time on the water, we had a delicious lunch on the marina at Liberty on the Lake.  An extensive and diversified menu was only outdone by the panorama of the boats and water.

Wine Tasting at Enoree

enoree river winery

Enoree River Winery is a great place for a relaxing sip or two on the outdoor porch overlooking eight acres of lush vineyards.  The scenic winery serves local, hand-crafted wines. Tastings include samples such as Gewürztraminer Riesling, Curiously White Muscadine, and a blackberry wine. [read more]

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lake murray county sc

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  1. Comment by Travel blog in india

    Travel blog in india Reply June 28, 2018 at 5:59 am

    Amazing photography, This is Wonderful! Thank You so much for All these Exciting Places! please share few more articles like this. thank u

  2. Comment by Justin

    Justin Reply June 21, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Woah! The view is stunning. No matter how long the hike is, this one is definitely worth it. I would love to visit San Diego’s Potato chip Rock soon. 🙂

  3. Comment by Paul

    Paul Reply June 21, 2018 at 10:45 am

    This is my ideal vacation. I would love to go boating and of course, fishing. Will see if we can make reservations in time for my birthday.

    It’s great to know there’s a winery so, I am positive my wife will also love this place.

  4. Comment by WhaleNation

    WhaleNation Reply June 17, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Loving the photos! I will have to check out “the jewel of South Carolina” Lake Murray one day. 🙂


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