Even if you don’t have a boat or lakefront house, you can enjoy Lake Murray every day. Take in a sunset over the lake at one of the public parks by the dam, rent a boat, go on a guided fishing trip, enjoy hiking and camping at Dreher Island State Park or have a meal at one of the lakeside restaurants. Throughout the rest of the summer, there are also events that give you a great reason to enjoy some lake time.
This Saturday, July 20th, is the Lake Murray Hustle. California Republic is hosting a stand up paddle racing race with a disco theme in Leesville beginning at 9 AM. After the race, an award ceremony will be held aboard the Spirit of Lake Murray. For more information, visit www.californiarepublicsup.com.
Residents and visitors alike can enjoy the purple martins in July and early August. Thousands of purple martins roost at Bomb Island, and for a few weeks, you can see them flying around the island in droves.
Go for a swim at Lake Murray Public Park. It gets pretty hot in the summer and what better way to cool off than a lake swim! Cost is $3 for cars and trucks, $2 for motorcycles and $5 for buses. Hours of operation and additional information can be found here.
Dam Swim for Drew is held on the Irmo side of the dam to the Lexington side. This annual two mile swim honors the memory of Drew Smith, a young boy killed when a speedboat hit the boat he and his father were fishing from on Lake Murray. Proceeds benefit the Drew Smith Memorial Scholarship, a $1000 scholarship awarded to a Lexington High School senior participating in the swim. More information can be found at www.strictlyrunning.com.
The Lake Murray Dam Run will be held on September 21st. This is a 10K race with a great view of the lake and takes place from the Lexington side of the dam to Saluda Shoals Park. Find info at www.facebook.com/LakeMurrayDamRun.