Lake Wateree State Recreation Area in South Carolina is one of the state’s premier fishing and boating destinations. With access to more than 13,000 acres of clear water, Lake Wateree has an abundance of recreation activities both on and off the water.
The lakeside campground has 72 sites, many of which offer full water and electrical hookups for RVs. There is also a playground for children and a nature trail that is an easy walk under two and a half miles. The path is shady and quiet and allows for watching the local wildlife. Be wary of snakes and use caution. There is also a paved path for biking and handicap accessibility.
The lake is open to swimming, fishing, and boating. The swimming area is at own risk since there is no lifeguard on duty. Fishing requires a valid South Carolina fishing license but is available anywhere from the banks of the park. Visitors may find bream, catfish, crappie, and bass while fishing on Lake Wateree. There is even a tackle loaner program sponsored by South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Rods and reels are available for loan at the park store.
The park’s hours vary throughout the year. Check the park’s website for specific hours and availability. Reservations can be made in advance by phone or from the park’s website. Admission is $2 for adults, $1.25 for senior South Carolina residents, and children under 15 are free.
Pets are allowed in most areas in the park, but must be kept under physical control at all times, either on a leash under six feet long or in a crate. The park does not allow aggressive dogs or dogs who bark excessively. As with any state park or public space, always clean up after yourself and your dog and don’t forget to bring waste bags.
If you’re in South Carolina, Lake Wateree State Recreation Area offers a variety of activity options—on, in, and off the water—for all your family members on two legs or four.