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Parks, Trails and Lakes

As stewards of the Santee Cooper Lakes, we're involved in maintaining one of South Carolina's largest and most beloved freshwater resources. 

Learn more about the recreational activities around lakes Marion and Moultrie.

The Santee Cooper Lakes

The Santee Cooper Hydroelectric and Navigation Project was created to impound the Santee River, transform its power into electricity and spark prosperity in Depression-ravaged rural South Carolina. What was the largest earth-moving project in history resulted in the creation of Lakes Marion and Moultrie, 160,000 acres of natural paradise spanning sections of Berkeley, Calhoun, Clarendon, Orangeburg and Sumter counties.


Skiing on the waters of these lakes or their 450 miles of shoreline, it's hard to imagine a time when there were only pine forests and swamp in their place. Lake Marion is South Carolina’s largest lake, and Lake Moultrie is the state’s third-largest.


The lakes system provides 15,000 acres of federally managed land and water at the Santee National Wildlife Refuge, and an additional 18,250 acres are managed as Wildlife Management Areas by the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources. Nature can take full credit for the region's intrinsic beauty, but man also deserves credit for the efforts to protect and preserve the Santee Cooper lakes' environment and maintain these areas as natural habitats.


This mix of utilization and conservation is what Santee Cooper strives to achieve. For us, protecting and improving the environment is equally important as providing affordable electricity.


Call 1-800-92LAKES for the latest information on the Santee Cooper Lakes.