We camp at Dreher in a tent yearly. It is a typical SC state park with large, shady sites. Normal SP bathrooms, nothing special but usually clean. This is one of the few campgrounds that you can take your boat and park it right at your campsite. Some sites (back of coves) are better for this purpose (calmer water). We have tents, but usually stay in the RV sites because we like to have car right at tent for easy access to our stuff. Sites in the 90's are very popular with boat owners and have to be reserved ahead of time. Point sites have better, further, views of the lake. This is a very large lake (50,000 acres). It gets very busy in the summer with boating, skiing, swimming and fishing. The fisherman leave at the crack of dawn, so there is some boat noise early. This is one of the best striped bass fishing lakes in the country. They have frequent tournaments. You can swim right at your campsite. Most sites are easy access to the water. Some sites have 2-3 foot drop offs into the lake depending on the lake levels. We have not had a problem walking over a site or two to get into the water in an easier spot. Swimming is great in this lake in the summer. It is a nice place to bike ride too if you can take some of the hills. The walking trails are short and through the woods for the most part. Be cautioned though...it is very hot (and buggy) in the summer. I wouldn't tent camp then just due to the heat at night. Also, you are probably 10 miles from Chapin (a small town with only a few places to eat and 2 groceries). So, this SP feels like you are away from it all (unless you get out on the lake in the summer). There is a camp store with bait and firewood. They also have a boat ramp (a good ramp) and the marina has gas for boats (ethonol free & expensive). There are also some boat slips, but I am not sure if they rent the slips for campers. There is a small gas station about a mile from the park entrance too. We had to run down there for some extra food/drinks this year. The rangers are nice and helpful. Get a lake map if you are not familiar with Lake Murray. This is one of my favorite places close to my home.
Also, there are 2 campgrounds. The A campground is very small and open year round. The views are still good, but there is a bridge right next to campground. The B campground is further out into the lake and has better views. It closes for the winter, probably due to decreased demand. The B campground is where we always stay. It has 2 or 3 bathrooms and many more sites. The weekends in the summer are busy here. If you come during the week it will be a lot less busy on the lake.
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