Local Information

DSC_2690The crisp morning air fills your lungs as you walk out onto the dock, your hands cupped around the morning’s first steaming cup of coffee. The rising sun dances off the lake, filling your view with hundreds of golden, starlike sparkles. All is calm & quiet, and for a moment you feel as though you have the world to yourself.

You stop walking. This is it. This is what people describe when they boast about Lake Murray. It’s not something that can be articulated or explained with words. You have to feel it for yourself. And when you do, you’ll never let it go.

What began as a source of energy for the Columbia area in 1930 has become a major recreation area, and an abundant resource for drinking water, fisheries and wildlife habitats.

 Lake Management

SCE&G is responsible for land use and shoreline management around Lake Murray. Information regarding our lake management plan, dock permits, and other issues related to development on Lake Murray are available in the documents listed below.

Lake Murray Public Parks

Lexington Side

Open April – Mid September

Operating Hours:

Mon – Fri (until May 2) 11 am – 7 pm
Sat – Sun & Holidays 10 am – 8 pm


  • $3 Cars & Trucks
  • $2 Motorcycles
  • $5 Passenger Vans

Season Pass may be purchased at the park for $45 per car.

Amenities: Picnic Facilities, Swimming*, Restrooms

Prohibited: Alcoholic Beverages, Pets

* Please note: No lifeguard on duty, swim at your own risk.

Irmo Side

Open Year Round – 24 Hours


Fees (see above) only apply from April to Labor Day

Amenities: Boat Launch, Picnic Facilities, Fishing Docks, Restrooms

Prohibited: Alcoholic Beverages, Pets must be on a leash