Dreher Island State Park
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
**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.
BY THE NUMBERS
islands that stretch out onto and provide access to 50,000-acre Lake Murray 30 miles from Columbia
lakeside villas of which two are two bedroom and three are 3 bedroom units
paved campsites for RV or tent camping
tent campsites specifically for tent camping
Community Building that makes a great location for a family reunion in the spring, summer or fall
picnic shelters great for birthday parties, family outings, reunions and more
fishing tournament shelters - complete with wi-fi service, a live well and catch and release tank
boat ramps that provide private boat access to Lake Murray
playgrounds scattered throughout the park for our "small" guests
trails for your recreational use