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Dreher Island

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ALL camping, camper cabin & villa guests should check-in at the Tackle Shop before proceeding to their cabin, villa or campsite.

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M-Su dawn to dusk


8am-5pm, daily

7am-5pm daily (extended during peak season)

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$3 adults; $1.50 SC seniors; $1 children age 6-15; age 5 & younger free

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Beginning January 1, 2020, pets will be allowed in camper cabins 2-5. Pets are not allowed in the villas or the villa areas. Pets are allowed in most other 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. Pets are not allowed in the camper cabin area prior to January 1, 2020.

Dreher Island State Park  Has Wifi

Wifi Available

Dreher Island State Park  Has EV Charging Station

EV Charging Station

Dreher Island State Park


Park Manager

Elly Jones

Park Manager

I’m Elly Jones, manager of Dreher Island State Park. To be honest, parks were never on my radar when considering a career. I was at Clemson University and needed to do an internship. I was living in Bethune, SC, and Cheraw State Park was the first application submitted and they hired me. As they say, the rest is history. Twenty years later, and I wouldn't change much. I live on a park in an ideal location to raise two boys.

I'm a striped bass (any fish, really) fanatic, and the bridge connecting the first and second islands is my favorite spot to slow down or stop and look on the park. Fall, winter and spring are the best seasons to watch the birds from the bridge and let them tell you what the fish are doing. The bridge view is a window to two distinct and different areas of Lake Murray. 

As a first-time visitor, I would suggest you stop by the Tackle Shop/Visitor's Center for a map and take a stroll on one of our three trails. You could also simply have a picnic or let the kids wear themselves out on the playground.

**Our Ultimate Outsider stamp is located just outside the tackle shop in a brown box.

Dreher Island State Park spans three islands, 348 acres and provides access to 12 miles of Lake Murray shoreline. Visitors will find recreational water activities, nature trails and some of the best striped and large-mouth bass fishing spots, all only 30 miles from Columbia.  It has long been a popular location and launching spot for major, national fishing tournaments.

For overnight accommodations with views of Lake Murray, lodging reservations can be made in our park villas, or guests can camp at one of many lakefront campsites.


3 islands that stretch out onto and provide access to 50,000-acre Lake Murray 30 miles from Columbia

5 lakeside villas of which two are two bedroom and three are 3 bedroom units

97 paved campsites for RV or tent camping

15 tent campsites specifically for tent camping

1 Community Building that makes a great location for a family reunion in the spring, summer or fall

10 picnic shelters great for birthday parties, family outings, reunions and more

3 fishing tournament shelters - complete with wi-fi service, a live well and catch and release tank

3 boat ramps that provide private boat access to Lake Murray

3 playgrounds scattered throughout the park for our "small" guests

3 trails for your recreational use


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