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5 Things To Do at Lake Wateree State Park



Welcome to Fairfield County’s ultimate outdoor playground! Lake Wateree State Park is your gateway to an unforgettable outdoor escape. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer craving your next thrill or yearning for a peaceful retreat, this South Carolina state park is full of experiences waiting to be discovered. 

From water-bound activities to casual nature walks, here are five must-try activities for your visit.

1. Stroll the 2.3-Mile Nature Trail

Get ready to explore! The park’s 2.3-mile nature trail is perfect for a casual walk among the park’s natural beauty. Start this easy, out-and-back trail from the park road or parking area. Enjoy a stroll through a shady peninsula with spur paths leading to the lakeshore. Keep an eye out for great blue herons, woodpeckers and songbirds along the way. A short loop at the end of the trail brings you back to the starting point.

Lake Wateree State Park at dusk
Lake Wateree State Park

2. Hit the Water

In case the name of the park didn’t give it away, Lake Wateree State Park is located right on a South Carolina lake: Lake Wateree. Bring your kayak, canoe, or paddleboard to enjoy a day on the water. Kayaks and canoes are also available for rent year-round. If you prefer motorized boating, there’s a convenient boat ramp to launch your vessel. Spend the day water skiing, tubing, or simply cruising around the lake and soaking up the sun.

boater on Lake Wateree
Boating on Lake Wateree

3. BYORV (Bring Your Own RV)

Enjoy some outdoor time by camping at one of the park’s well-maintained campgrounds. The park features various paved campsites equipped with water and electrical hookups, accommodating both tents and RVs. Among these, 28 sites offer additional amenities such as 50 amp electrical service and sewer hookups, and the campground includes eight pull-through sites and 23 waterfront sites. 

Wake up to the sound of nature and enjoy a morning coffee with an amazing view of the lake. The park has also recently opened a playground for kids to enjoy. Make sure to book your site in advance, especially during peak seasons. 

4. Fish for Bass, Crappie, Catfish and Bream

Anglers, rejoice! Lake Wateree offers prime fishing spots for bass, crappie, catfish and bream. Fish from the shore or a boat — either way, you’re in for a good catch. Forgot your gear? No problem! The park store’s Loaner Program, sponsored by the SC Dept. of Natural Resources,  has you covered. Just remember your South Carolina fishing license.

Kayaks at Lake Wateree State Park
Lake Wateree State Park

5. Try to Spot a Bald Eagle

Grab your binoculars and camera. Lake Wateree State Park is a hotspot for wildlife. Look out for bald eagles, herons and ospreys, especially in the early mornings or late afternoons. Capture the park’s natural beauty and enjoy some peaceful wildlife watching.