Oconee State Park
624 State Park RD | Mountain Rest, SC 29664 | Phone: 864-638-5353 | Fax: 888-803-0844 | oconee@scprt.com

Things To Do

SPECIAL NOTICE:  Oconee State Park will be lowering the cabin lake after Labor Day to allow for work to begin on the lake’s historic spillway.  There will be no pedal boat rentals during this time, as they will have to be removed from the water.  We do not anticipate this hampering our fishing program or other boat rentals such as the jon boats or canoes. We will post updates as the work begins regarding lake levels and status.


  • Fishing Information : Enjoy fishing in the park's 20-acre and 12-acre lakes for bass, bream and catfish. (Trout when stocked in winter months). A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

  • Fishing Pier : A fishing pier is located in the campground at Campground Lake.

  • 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 office.


  • Boating and Boat Access : Private boats are not allowed on the park lake.
    However rental fishing boats, canoes and pedal boats are available year round. Kayaks are available for rent seasonally. Life jackets must be worn at all times.

  • Fishing Boat Rentals : Non-motorized fishing boats available to rent for $20/day or $10/half day year round. Cabin guests may rent fishing boats for $30/weekend or $50/week. Guests may beach the boat at their cabin.

  • Canoe/Kayak Rentals : Canoes are available to rent for $20/day , $10/half day, year round. Kayaks are available to rent for $5/hour, seasonally. Must be at least 16 years old to rent.

  • Pedal Boat Rentals : Pedal boat rentals are available to rent year-round at $5/hr. A person of at least 13 years of age must be present in the pedal boats at all times.


  • Wireless Internet Access : Complimentary wi-fi is available at the park office for our guests. It does not extend into the cabin areas or campground. You may access the wi-fi from the front porch or a sitting area located inside the office. Please check at the office for password information.

  • Playground Equipment : Yes
  • Park Store/Gift Shop : The park store includes limited grocery items, souvenirs, camping supplies, firewood, ice, bait and tackle, drinks, first-aid supplies and toys. It is open year-round M-F 9am-5pm; Sa-Su 11am-noon and 4-5pm.

  • Picnic Shelters : Yes
  • Playground : Three playgrounds are located on the park. One is located beside mini golf, one behind the mini golf and one by the swimming area at the park lake.

  • Swimming Area with Lifeguard : Seasonal lake swimming is offered upon availability of lifeguards. The swimming area will open Memorial Day weekend Sat., May 27, 2017 and Sun., May 28. We will open on Memorial Day, Mon., May 29 depending upon school schedules. The swimming area will close during the week until school ends and reopen on the weekend of June 3-4. Starting Tues., June 6, 2017, regular swimming hours will be: Tu – F 11am–5:30am, Sa 11am–6:30pm and Su 11am–5:30pm. The swimming are will be closed on Mondays. After August 13, 2017, the swimming area will be open on weekends only through Labor Day. Hours are subject to change. Please check with the park before making final plans.
  • Swimming : Swimming is permitted at this park in a designated swimming area during posted hours.
  • Geocaching : Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. For more information visit the official geocaching website.

  • Mini Golf : An 18-hole mini golf course is located near the campground entrance. The course is open year round and all park guests may play for $2/game. Please see the park office for clubs and golf balls.

  • Biking : Yes


  • Hiking Trails : Oconee has six nature/hiking trails originating in the park. The Oconee Trail, Old Waterwheel Trail and Lake Trail are loop trails within park boundaries. The Hidden Falls Trail and Tamassee Knob Trail are out-and-back trails that begin in the park and travel to U.S. Forest Service property. The park is an access point to the Foothills Trail.