Lake Marion

110,000 Acres of World-Class Adventure


Covering five counties, Lake Marion is an incredible recreation destination for any lover of the great outdoors! 



Fast Facts

• Average Depth: 13.12 Feet
• Maximum Depth: 76.77 feet
• Boat Ramps: 16
• Fishing Access Locations: 3
• Fish Attractors: 13

• State Record - Largemouth Bass - 16.2 pounds (1949)
• Home to a 'ghost town' accessible by kayak
• Created as part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal in the 1940's
• Held world record for striped bass until 1993
• Year round fishing


What To Do


Lake Marion was created as part of bringing hydroelectric power to our area. The area that is now the lake had to be cleared, which has left a prime fish habitat due to the many remaining stumps and live cyprus trees. Anglers will find crappie, bream, largemouth bass, some of the biggest catfish you will find in the US and the world-famous striped bass!  


Boating options are endless on South Carolina's Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie. Whether you are fishing for our famous bass, or enjoying a summer afternoon with your family on a pontoon boat, the great outdoors are waiting for you!

SAntee State Park

Whether you are a local or just passing through our area, Santee State Park has 2500 acres ready for you to explore. With over 10 miles of trails for hiking and biking and 2 boat ramps that provide access to Lake Marion, outdoor adventure awaits. 

Santee National Wildlife Refuge

The refuge is located on the north shore of Lake Marion, the largest lake in South Carolina. It is a major wintering area for ducks and geese, as well as a nesting and stopover area for neo-tropical migratory birds, raptors, shore birds, and wading birds. Endangered/threatened species on the refuge include the American alligator and the wood stork. Numerous other species of wildlife are indigenous to this area. Public use opportunities at the refuge include a Visitor Center with educational exhibits, walking trails, an auto tour route, wildlife observation and photography, hunting, and fishing. (Source: US Fish & Wildlife Service)