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Attention campers:  Contractors are in the process of paving the road in the Cypress View Campground.  This project could take up to 30 days.  Camping will still be available, but please understand there may be noise and roads could be blocked for short periods of time.  We do apologize for the inconvenience.  For more information, please contact the park directly.

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6 a.m. - 10 p.m., daily, year-round


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

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$2 adults; $1.25 SC seniors; age 15 & 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 not allowed in the 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.

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Wifi Available


2 campgrounds

1 Village Round that accommodates up to 75 people,  perfect for family reunions, meetings and more

158 standard campsites for RV or tent camping, 48 of which have 50 amp service

2 boat ramps that provide access to 110,000-acre Lake Marion, the largest lake in South Carolina

1 awesome park store with a wi-fi lounge so you can be online and experience nature all at once

10+ miles of trails for hiking and biking

6 picnic shelters available for picnics and group gatherings

30 modern cabins- 10 located on a pier over Lake Marion and 20 on the lakeshore

2500 acres in the heart of Santee Cooper Country

Santee State Park


Things To Do

  • 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
  • Boat Ramp: Yes
  • Wireless Internet Access: Complimentary wi-fi is available for park guests at the park office/visitor center, the park store/wireless lounge, the Village Round and all 30 cabins. 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.

  • 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