Lake Wateree State Park information, camping activities and amazing nature pictures.

With a total of 47 State Parks in South Carolina, you might feel a little overwhelmed at your choices. Based on our personal experience, we would like to showcase one of our favorites. Located in Winnsboro, South Carolina, Lake Wateree State Park is only a 15 minute drive from US 21, and about an hours from Columbia. This park will give you a feeling of leaving city life behind and truly escaping to the wonderful great outdoors.

Lake Wateree State Park Sign

Lake Wateree State Park Sign

This SC state park provides activities for everyone and…

  • Provides access to 13,800-acre Lake Wateree for fishing, boating and other watersports
  • 1 boat ramp with 2 lanes and in-water refueling
  • 72 paved campsites for RVs or tents — 15 of which are waterfront
  • 1 state-of-the-art playground for children to enjoy
  • .7-mile Desportes Island loop trail for hiking
  • 238 acres along the shores of Lake Wateree

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Lake Wateree Camp Site 43

Setting Up Camp At #43

Nature Galore At Lake Wateree!

We kept track of all the animals that we saw and came up with an impressive list. The Raccoon was elusive (which was fine) but the squirrels were almost a little too friendly. It was spring so we saw our fair share of migratory birds as well. I was instantly transported back in time when I heard the Whip-poor-will calling, a sound I hadn’t heard since we lived in North Carolina when I was a kid.

Squirrel Lake Wateree State

Squirrel hanging out at Lake Wateree State Park

Woodpecker Lake Wateree SP

Red-bellied Woodpecker at Lake Wateree State Park

Amazing Scenery At Lake Wateree!

Beautiful sun sets and nature await you in this tranquil park setting.

Setting Sun Lake Wateree SP #findyourpark

Forest Canopy at Lake Wateree state park

Plants In Bloom At Lake Wateree State Park

Most Important – Have some fun at Lake Wateree State Park!

Fishing Lake Wateree In SC

Top Of The Morning Coffee

Something Was Left Behind While Visiting The Park?

If you find that you forgot to bring something the ‘Bait and Tackle’ shop at the Lake Wateree state park may just have what you need. They have a nice selection of groceries, clothing, souvenirs, and of bags of ice.

Other Shopping Alternatives:

The Dutchman Creek Marina – This little store sits just outside the park and offers many camping and fishing supplies. If you want a night off from cooking, the restaurant is highly recommended!

Great Falls, South Carolina – This little town is only 17 minutes from the camp ground and offers a variety of stores to fit the bill.

Silke and I took advantage of the laundry and public library in Great Fall during our week long stay. If you want to get away from it all for a while or just spend a relaxing weekend away, we highly recommend what this SC state park has to offer. Lake Wateree in SC is a beautiful place to visit, relax and make new friends.

Have you stayed at the Lake Wateree state park before? Please leave us a comment below. 

2 thoughts on “South Carolina’s Lake Wateree State Park Has Something For Everyone”
  1. Yes, it certainly is. Lake Wateree is a relatively small camp ground, so you don’t have as much commotion going on as on some of the larger ones.

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