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67°

Fog

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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.

Dreher Island State Park  Has Wifi

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

Things To Do

  • Fishing Information: Enjoy fishing in Lake Murray for several species of bass including largemouth and stripers, catfish, bream, crappie and yellow perch. A valid South Carolina fishing license is required.

  • Tournament Facilities: There are three shelters available for fishing tournament use. Wi-fi access is included at these facilities. If you are interested in reserving these shelters or holding a fishing tournament at the park please contact the park directly.

  • Fishing: Yes
  • Boating and Boat Access: Three boat ramps provides private boat access to Lake Murray.

  • Boating: Yes
  • In-Water Refueling: Yes
  • Boat Ramp: Yes
  • Wireless Internet Access: Complimentary wi-fi access is available at the Visitor Center, the fishing tournament shelters and at all five villas for park guests. Please check inside the Visitor Center for password information.

  • Park Store/Gift Shop: The park store is open daily. The store includes souvenirs, limited grocery items, snacks, ice, fishing and camping supplies, bait, firewood and in-water refueling. SC fishing licenses may also be purchased at our park store. If you have any questions concerning park store hours of operation, please contact the park directly.

  • Playground Equipment: Yes
  • Picnic Shelters: Yes
  • Playground: Three playgrounds are located on the park. One near the Visitor Center, one on White Oak Lane and the third in Camping Area B.

  • Swimming: Swimming is permitted in Lake Murrary. The park has NO designated swimming area. All swimming is at your own risk.

  • Bird Watching: The purple martins can be viewed at the park from June through late Aug.

  • Geocaching: Geocaching is permitted. Several geocaches are located on the park. All new geocaches must be registered at the park office. For more information visit the official geocaching website.

  • Scuba Diving: Scuba diving is permitted in Lake Murray, but the park does not have rental equipment. Please contact the park office for permit and other information if you plan on scuba diving.

  • Birding: Yes
  • Hiking Trails: From the Community Building, guests can enjoy a relaxing walk along the .25-mile Billy Dreher Nature Trail.

    From shelter #7 and #8 parking lot, guests can experience a moderate 2.1-mile hike along the Little Gap Trail. In addition to these two hiking trails a .33-mile multi-use trail exits through the middle of State Park Loop. This trail is designated for bike and foot traffic only.

  • Hiking: Yes