Lake Wateree State Park
881 State Park RD | Winnsboro, SC 29180 | Phone: 803-482-6401 | Fax: 803-482-6126 |

Things To Do

Fishing in Lake Wateree



  • Fishing Information : Fishing for bream, catfish, crappie and bass may be enjoyed in Lake Wateree. Visitors may fish anywhere from the banks of the park. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

    If you are interested in holding a fishing tournament at the park please contact the park directly.

  • Tackle Loaner Program : This park participates in the Tackle Loaner Program sponsored by the SC Dept. of Natural Resources. Rods and reels are available for loan at the park store.


  • Boating and Boat Access : One boat ramp with two lanes provides private boat access to Lake Wateree.

  • In-Water Refueling : Yes


  • Playground Equipment : Yes
  • Park Store/Gift Shop : The park store includes basic grocery items, fishing supplies and tackle, camping and RV supplies, snacks, drinks, souvenirs, firewood and fishing licenses. Hours are 6am - 8pm, daily.

  • Playground : A newly opened playground is located near the park store. The modern playground includes a spiral slide, a dual wave slide and climbing activities.

  • Swimming : The park has a swimming area that is swim at your own risk. No lifeguards are on duty. The area has a sandy bottom and deepens slowly and gradually.

  • Bird Watching : The areas around the lake provide good birdwatching opportunities. Visitors may see bald eagles, osprey and other birds of prey.

  • Geocaching : Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. For more information visit the official geocaching website.

  • Biking : Yes


  • Walking/Nature Trails : The Desportes Island Trail is a moderate .7-mile loop trail.

  • Biking Trails : Biking is allowed on the paved roads of the park and along the Desportes Island Trail.