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Campers, please be advised:  If you have a camping reservation, you do not need to check-in at the office.  You may go directly to your campsite.  Our park rangers or campground host will come by during patrols and check you in at that time.  Thanks for your assistance.

There is an electric vehicle charging station for use by visitors at the park.

We Do Treats and More has partnered with Santee State Park to provide frozen treats to park visitors! Be on the lookout for them in the campground and Day-use areas on weekends!

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6 a.m. - dark, daily, year-round


8 a.m. - 5 p.m., daily (Hours may extend during peak season)

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

All guests not staying overnight are required to pay admission. Visitors may pay admission at the park office, park store or any one of the three green iron ranger boxes located throughout the park.

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Pets are allowed in cabins 11 and 12 and cabins 13-20 at Santee State Park. Pets are not allowed in any other cabins or the cabin 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.

Santee State Park  Has Wifi

Wifi Available

Santee State Park  Has EV Charging Station

EV Charging Station

Santee State Park


Things To Do

  • Santee State Park is a great spot for birding!  Check out our online birding list.
  • The park is now equipped with a self-serve watercraft reservation station. Customers can rent and return kayaks via a QR code and their smart device. The machines are entirely solar-powered and connect to the strongest cell signal in the area. Follow these steps!
    1. Scan the QR code posted on the kiosk with your smart device
    2. Select your desired kayak or paddleboard and the rental duration
    3. Agree to the waiver and rental terms
    4. Complete checkout
    5. The electronic locker(s) and lanyard lock(s) automatically pop open
    6. Retrieve PFD(s) and paddle(s) from the locker, and kayak or paddleboard from the rack
    7. Close locker door(s) and relock lanyards
    8. Put on your lifejacket(s)
    9. Enjoy the great outdoors! When you're ready to return the equipment, simply scan the QR code, follow-on screen instructions, submit photos, and you are all set! 
  • Fishing Information: Enjoy fishing in Lake Marion for largemouth bass, striped bass, bream, crappie and catfish. A valid South Carolina fishing license required.

  • Fishing Pier: A handicapp accessible fishing pier is located next to the park store.

  • Fishing: Yes
  • Freshwater Fishing: Yes
  • Boating and Boat Access: Two boat ramps provide private boat access to Lake Marion.

  • Boating: Yes
  • Paddling: Yes
  • Boat Ramp: Yes
  • Wireless Internet Access: Complimentary wi-fi is available for park guests at the park office/visitor center and the park store/wireless lounge. Please check at the park office for password information.

  • Playground Equipment: Yes
  • Park Store/Gift Shop: The park store offers tshirts, mugs, caps and other souvenir items. The store also has grocery items, firewood and ice cream. Connected to the park store is a wireless lounge with tables and chairs, a flat-screen TV, books and games and a picturesque view of Lake Marion.

  • Picnic Shelters: Yes
  • Playground: Three playgrounds are located throughout the park for visitor use.

  • Swimming: Swimming is permitted in Lake Marion at your own risk. Swimming around the pier cabins is prohibited.

  • Bird Watching: Santee is a premier location for birdwatching. The best areas for viewing are from the trails and wetland areas. Osprey, great blue heron, painted buntings and various other species may be seen. Check out our online birding list here.

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

  • Tennis Courts: A tennis court is located near the park visitor center.

  • Biking: Yes
  • Birding: Yes
  • Other Facilities and Activities: DVDs and games can be checked out at the park visitor center.

  • Walking/Nature Trails: Three nature/walking trails are located on the park. The one-mile Limestone Nature Trail, the one-mile Oak Pinolly Nature Trail and the half mile Sinkhole Pond Nature Trail.

  • Biking Trails: The park also has a 7.5-mile biking/hiking trail.

  • Hiking: Yes


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