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The boat landing and jon boat rentals are unavailable until further notice.  The lake level has been lowered for spillway repairs.  We do have canoes and kayaks available to rent during this time.  Please contact us directly for more information.

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9 a.m. - 6 p.m., daily (extended to 9 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time)


11 a.m. - noon, daily

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$2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & younger free

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Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas provided they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than six feet. Owners will be asked to remove noisy or dangerous pets or pets that threaten or harass wildlife.

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1 of 16 SC State Parks built by the Civilian Conservation Corps

1 really cool boathouse that sits over the lake where you can fish from and rent boats

160 acre park lake for boating and fishing for the big one

1 community building that accommodates up to 75 people, perfect for meetings or family reunions

3 picnic shelters that are available for rent and are located near the lake

1.3 mile Caney Fork Creek Nature Trail that follows along the shore of the park lake

523 acres in rural Chester County, located smack dab between Columbia, SC and Charlotte, NC

25 campsites with 50 amp service for RVs or tent camping

18 hole and 9-hole disc golf course

472 foot bridge over the park lake for fishing or observing the wildlife

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Things To Do

  • Fishing Information: Enjoy fishing for bass, bream, catfish and crappie in the park’s 160-acre lake. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

  • Fishing Pier: There is a fishing pier located in the campground and a pier area around the boathouse that may be used for fishing.

  • Fishing: Yes
  • Freshwater Fishing: Yes
  • Boating and Boat Access: A hand-launched access area is available for private boats, which are restricted to hand-powered and electric trolling motors.

  • Fishing Boat Rentals: Non-motorized fishing boats rent for $10 per half day. Private electric trolling motors are allowed to be used on park fishing boats.

  • Boating: Yes
  • Boat Ramp: Yes
  • Playground Equipment: Yes
  • Picnic Shelters: Yes
  • Playground: There are two large playgrounds located in the day-use area of the park.

  • Bird Watching: The day-use area overlooking the lake is an ideal spot for bird watching. Various Piedmont South Carolina breeds of birds, raptors and bald eagles may be seen depending on the season.

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

  • Birding: Yes
  • Other Facilities and Activities: Disc Golf: There is an 18-hole and 9-hole tournament grade disc golf course located at the park.

  • Walking/Nature Trails: The Caney Fork Creek Nature Trail loops around the park lake and is approximately 1.3 miles in length.
  • Hiking: Yes