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42°

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HOURS

M-Su dawn to dusk

OFFICE

8am-5pm (extended to 8 pm during peak season)

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ADMISSION

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

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PETS

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.

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Wifi Available

BY THE NUMBERS

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

Dreher Island State Park

Midlands

Frequently Asked Questions

Is swimming allowed at the park?

Yes, you may swim anywhere along the shoreline in Lake Murray.  There is no designated swimming area with lifeguards.  All swimming your own risk.  We do not allow swimming from the bridges, boat docks, or boat ramps.

Is fishing permitted at the park?

You may fish anywhere from the shoreline at the park.  We do not allow fishing from our bridges, boat docks or boat ramps.  You must have a valid S.C. fishing license in order to fish in Lake Murray.

Are fishing licenses sold at the park?

Yes, you may purchase a S.C. fishing license at the park.  We only accept cash or check for these transactions.  For more information on fishing licenses, please visit the SCDNR website.

Is fishing bait sold at the park?

Bait for sell at the park includes:  large and small shiners, worms, artificial lures and terminal tackle.

Is gasoline sold at the park?

Mid-grade, 89 Octane, ethanol-free gasoline is available for purchase at our boat-ramp area.  In-water refueling is available.

Is wi-fi available at the park?

We have complimentary wi-fi at all five of our villas and our park Visitor Center (Tackle Shop). Please check at the Visitor Center for password information.

While staying at Dreher Island is there anywhere to leave a boat trailer?

There is plenty of overflow parking that will accommodate a boat trailer. Park staff will be able to identify such locations for you when you arrive.  Please see a ranger or other park staff. 

May I bring my golf cart to the park?

Golf carts are permitted on the park.  Golf carts must be operated by a licensed driver, must stay on paved roads, must obey normal traffic laws and must be licensed and insured.  You cannot operate a golf cart at night on the park.

Are boats, canoes or kayaks available for rent from the park?

The park does not do any on-site boat rentals of any kind.  However, if you ask park staff they will provide you with a list of local vendors who do rent boats, canoes and/or kayaks.

What amenities are included in the park villas?

Each villa includes: bed and bath linens, cooking utensils, coffee maker, microwave oven, dishwasher, fireplace, upstairs balcony, screened in porch, 42” color satellite TV and DVD/ VHS player and complimentary wi-fi.

We have someone coming to visit us at the park, but they are not staying the night. Will they have to pay to enter the park?

If your visitors are entering the park and not staying overnight,  they are required to pay the park admission.  Admission is $2 for adults, $1.25 for SC senior citizens and children 15 and under are admitted free.

What type of wildlife can I expect to see at Dreher Island?

The park is home to a wide variety of animals observable in their natural environment.  These include: white-tailed deer, grey squirrels, egrets, osprey, purple martins, Canadian geese and mallard ducks.  Aquatic species found in Lake Murray include:  hard/softshell turtles, striped bass, large/smallmouth bass, bream, crappie and catfish.  Please note: there are no alligators in Lake Murray.

Where is the park’s Ultimate Outsider stamp located?

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

Where can I find a list of state park rules and regulations?

You can find the South Carolina State Park rules and regulations, along with campground rules and regulations at this link.

For more general, statewide frequently asked questions, please click here.