Rachel Murdy



Boat-In Campsites Offer Peace and Solitude

Posted 4/24/2012 4:11:00 PM
If you’ve ever been camping in the dead heat of summer, you can most certainly appreciate springtime camping weather. The temperature in South Carolina is heating up, and the re-opening of boat-in campsites at Devils Fork and Cheraw state parks make this the perfect time to take advantage of a cool camping trip.

Boat-in campsites provide a more primitive camping experience than standard tent and RV sites. Even during the parks’ peak season, campers will find a higher degree of solitude at these sites.

Cheraw State Park may be best-known for its 18-hole championship golf course, but tucked away on the opposite end of Lake Juniper sits another one of the park’s treasures. A spacious boat-in campsite on the north shore of Lake Juniper allows guests to get away from the weekend crowd, while remaining only a short paddle away from the parks other amenities. Water is not available at the Cheraw boat-in sites, so you will need to provide your own. Reservations may be made by contacting the park directly,, 843-537-9656.

Devils Fork also offers boat-in campsites, and if a quiet retreat is what you’re searching for in a campsite, you’ll find it at here, overlooking the clear waters of Lake Jocassee. The land surrounding Lake Joccassee is mostly undeveloped, and Devils Fork is the only public access point to the lake. 13 boat-in tent sites are available, ranging from single (six people max) to triple pad (18 people max). No boat ramp or dock is available, so you will be responsible for anchoring your own boat. Reservations can be made online or by contacting Devils Fork directly,, 864-944-2639.

If you plan on paddling to these sites, instead of using a motorized boat, be sure to allow yourself plenty of time to get to your site before dark. For more detailed information and a few boat-in basics, check out the SC State Parks Boat-In Camping page.